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Product design. Best 3D software for presenting 3D models.

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08-09-2012 12:52 PM

I frequently have to design things that dont exist in real life for my job. Usually those are simple plastic household items. (few plastic parts) There is no need for artistic design, so Alias Design is not necessary. Akias is too hard for me.

 

So far I had tried to use Autodesk Inventor to design them. All I really need in the end is a fancy computer 3D model. I don't have to make an exact model of what will be manufactured at the end. But the model has to accurately show the features of new product.  Before I purchase a license, I want to know if there is any better software for this purpose.

 

Thank you.

That's easy then.  Solidworks has a flex feature, deform feature, dome feature and freeform feature.  Inventor doesnt.  To get similar in inventor you need to use the fusion/alias add in but down stream features do not update if the fusion/alias body is edited later, so again useless for conceptual work.  Check out the solidworks online help to see what those features can do.

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08-09-2012 01:16 PM in reply to: mailswamp

What is your budget/time for learing Inventor?

Perhaps free Inventor Fusion might do what you want. http://labs.autodesk.com

Be aware that Inentor Fusion is very different than Autodesk Inventor.

 

There are a bunch of tutorials (mostly older) in my signature that go step-by-step through some part creation.

 

You could also download the free Tutorial Files that come with Inventor and open them in Free Inventor Fusion to get an idea of what can be done in Inventor.

 

Just noticed that you have been posting in this forum for a year.  You should know all about Inventor and Inventor Fusion?

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08-09-2012 11:25 PM in reply to: JDMather

I didnt use any 3D software for a long time so I technically forgot it.\

I have a $10,000 budget, so dont worry about cost.

I dont understand what is the difference among the "inventor" line of products.

123D seemed to work well, but it has a lot of bugs that are solved in Autodesk Inventor Fusion.

 

So what product should I use?

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08-10-2012 01:18 AM in reply to: mailswamp

I am ready to pay as long as it works.

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08-10-2012 05:41 AM in reply to: mailswamp

How about you´reusing Autodesk Inventor and use Inventor Studio to make some fancy pictures to display your work?

If that isn´t enough you could expand on the Product Design Suite and use Showcase, which is a bit of a dumbed down version of Alias Design.

Contact a Value Added Reseller in your area, he will give you more informations.

 

All the best

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08-10-2012 06:00 AM in reply to: mailswamp

I assume that you are doing some conceptual design and history based modelling is hopeless for this.  You need to be able to push and pull surfaces and edges without worryinng about feature order, but Fusion and the way it integrates is hopeless when compared to others.  By far the best in my opinion is solidedge.  The way they have integrated ST is first class.  A cheaper option is Spaceclaim.  If you only need a model and arent worried about creating drawings then go for Rhino.

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08-10-2012 12:23 PM in reply to: stevec781

So Rhino 3D cannot generate fancy raster views of the 3D model on its own? What can?

Thank you.

Seems like I am chosing between Inventor and Rhino. Is Solidworks of the same kind of CAD? Is it good for product concept design?

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08-10-2012 12:40 PM in reply to: mailswamp

Solidworks hands down :smileylol:

Solidworks is basically the same as Inventor..

 

This post is like going to a BMW forum and asking what the best car for driving is. uummm BMW. duh..

 

 

The ONLY way you can get a true answer is to request demos of all the software packages and evaluate them for yourself.. NO WAY IN HELL would I purchase a 5-10 thousand dollar CAD package without trying them out and just relying on the replies of a few people on the internet..

 

You need to sit down and specify exactly what YOU and your company needs, then evaluate each version. Heck even get the sales monkeys for each software package to come in and walk you through each demo showing what it can/cannot do.

 

Based on what you have provided so far.. The free Google Sketchup meets your requirements. But please don't take my word or anyone else for it.

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08-10-2012 03:32 PM in reply to: mcgyvr

mcgyvr wrote:

Solidworks hands down :smileylol:

Solidworks is basically the same as Inventor..

 

This post is like going to a BMW forum and asking what the best car for driving is. uummm BMW. duh..

 

 

The ONLY way you can get a true answer is to request demos of all the software packages and evaluate them for yourself.. NO WAY IN HELL would I purchase a 5-10 thousand dollar CAD package without trying them out and just relying on the replies of a few people on the internet..

 

You need to sit down and specify exactly what YOU and your company needs, then evaluate each version. Heck even get the sales monkeys for each software package to come in and walk you through each demo showing what it can/cannot do.

 

Based on what you have provided so far.. The free Google Sketchup meets your requirements. But please don't take my word or anyone else for it.


I am more concerned about different models of BMW here in this forum. Maybe Solidworks will be the program of choice. I am not buying anything yet.

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08-10-2012 04:58 PM in reply to: mailswamp

mailswamp wrote:

I am more concerned about different models of BMW here in this forum. Maybe Solidworks will be the program of choice. I am not buying anything yet.


What does that mean?

 Somewhere there is a list of the different options.

Inventor LT

Inventor

Inventor Routed Systems
Inventor Analysis

Inventor Professional

and the bundled product suites they are sold with.

Your VAR can fill  you in.

 

 

You must have missed the point that there is no significant difference between Inventor and SolidWorks - especially for what you want (near as I can tell).

 

http://store.autodesk.com/store/adskus/list/categoryID.55922400

I recommend you budget an amout equal to the cost of a seat of the software for training.

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