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  1. joea

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    Not exclusive to R1, but, since that is what I have . . .

    Is there a "best" (easiest to learn and use) free (ish) software to design simple parts from scratch?

    Seem to be a few choices, rather not sample them all.
     
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    Tinkercad or fusion 360
     
  3. BrooklynBay

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    I use 123D Design. It's a free 3D non cloud based program which was discontinued but still functions. 3D builder comes with Windows 10 if you want to try it. It could be downloaded to run with Windows 8.1 but won't work with older operating systems.
     
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    #4 WheresWaldo, Nov 20, 2019
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    Ditto on the Fusion 360. My son and I use SolidWorks as a go-to (but not free) however there are things (CAM extensions) that just work better with Fusion 360 so we also use it pretty often. SolidWorks DOES have a veteran program/discount that is a really good deal if you qualify...[that is how I get mine]
     
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  7. joea

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    SolidWorks has a number of products, which is 3D CAD, for Education?

    Did not see a Vet discount offer.
     
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  10. joea

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    Well 123design still downloads and installs, but "parts Bin" is no longer accessible. So, next candidate up for taste test.
     
  11. joea

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    Unable to determine if Fusion 360, free version) is PC or "cloud" based.

    @mark tomlinson, how long did it take for SolidWorks to approve your request? Still not received any confirmation.
     
  12. mark tomlinson

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    Seems like it was a few business days, but with the holidays on us I wouldn't imagine they are moving very quick.
    I was a while back -- sorry if I am not remembering all the details :(
     
  13. joea

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    NP, probably happen this week. I have zero CAD/CAM experience, as a designer. Should be a slow and painful bootstrap.
     
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    There are a lot of online, self-paced instructional videos.
    Simplify3D has much the same approach, can really help you get started.
     
  15. BrooklynBay

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    I have a PDF on how to use 123D Design which is 2.58MB. The upload limit for a PDF is 512MB but I keep getting a file is too large error every time I try to attach it to a post.
     
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    Either Zip it and attach it or (and I have done this a few times) share it via your GoogleDrive or OneDrive folder and post a link to that.
     
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    The zip file was also displaying an error message saying that it's too big even though it's 2.4 MB. There must be an issue with the site's software.
     
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    Cloud based & free for hobbiests
     

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