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  • Industrial Design: Is all industrial design software the same?
    Alias used to be the one real choice for industrial-design software. Today there are many. Besides Alias ($25,000), good packages include Rhino ($895), ICEM ($2,300 and up), NX (a lot, depending on what bundle you pick), and even SolidWorks ($3,995). So besides price, how do you decide? The only
  • Harnessing AutoCAD 2007
    Harnessing AutoCAD 2007. Including extensively illustrated examples of "prompt-response" sequences, this how-to reference contains the widest selection of discipline-specific exercises and projects for learning how to use today's leading desktop design and drawing software.
  • Software Review: Software For Free-Flowing Designs
    As a bottle designer, I create everything from simple round containers to complex handleware (bottles with built-in handles). For this, I rely extensively on NX 5 design software. The software is powerful, yet intuitive, especially for sketching and building surfaces. It has a variety of commands
  • Software Review: "Test Driving " Preview Software
    the link with that name to access a vector-based drawing program that lets you create simple floor plans, circuit diagrams, and the like, without having to download anything. A few YouTube videos introduce the program and include such topics as how to work with pictures and how to design a deck
  • Software Review: Spotlight on SolidWorks 2008
    (with textures and even bump maps) punches up the fun factor. One downside in the drawing environment is the cute, wrinkly paper users work on. It 's distracting. Fortunately, the feature can be turned off. The software makes full use of the developer 's SolidWorks Intelligent Feature Technology (Swift
  • Sketching software captures AEC ideas fast
    in 3D without the headaches of learning a complex CAD package. Pro 5 effectively bridges the gap between drawing manually with a pencil and designing with a computer. The software has just enough tools to model most objects quickly and easily, and lets users export finished models in formats
  • CAD software generates picture-perfect designs
    with modifiable 2D profiles and primitive 3D shapes to quickly create quite complex models. Tools in the software make creating models a breeze, whether they are large buildings or small mechanical components. Drawing a model once in 3D lets users generate countless 2D and 3D views with only a few
  • Illustration software helps design manuals
    Good technical documentation complements a good product. A photo can be the "first-pass " illustration when building a document. When the product is finalized, it's a simple matter to replace the photo with a line drawing. The Object Manager shows an ungrouped screw made up of 14 objects, all

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