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Re: CAD program for drafting own figures?
« Reply #5 on: Apr 25th, 2007, 1:31pm »
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Thanks.  I've done better, but I can't show them yet.
 
I used SmartDraw prior to my migration to Linux.  I was happy with it.
 
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Re: CAD program for drafting own figures?
« Reply #6 on: Apr 25th, 2007, 5:58pm »
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I've used Blender for 3d and GIMP for 2d. They are both free and open source. As with most 3d program, there is a bit of a learning curve with blender.
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Re: CAD program for drafting own figures?
« Reply #7 on: Apr 25th, 2007, 11:18pm »
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Thanks for the responses.  I'm looking to do figures of inventions that interact with humans, but also may have some exploded/perspective views of smaller parts.  For an example of the types of items I'm referring to, see this patent:7,192,088.
 
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Re: CAD program for drafting own figures?
« Reply #8 on: Apr 26th, 2007, 10:02am »
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Well, that's beyond my abilities.  The most complex stuff I do now is trace over images with bezier curves, then get rid of the underlying image.  It looks pretty good, for an amateur.  But nothing I do approaches that level of complexity.  
 
You might consider a professional draftsperson for that.  Or maybe you can work your way through some CAD program.
 
FWIW, I've had good luck with exported CAD images and importing them into OOo as images.  Then, I annotate them in OOo.
 
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Re: CAD program for drafting own figures?
« Reply #9 on: Apr 26th, 2007, 10:22am »
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Privately message me thru the email capabilities of this site if you want contact info for a relatively cheap draftsperson ($50-$75 per sheet or so).  
 
Patent figure drafting is not his primary focus but he welcomes the work and holds to estimates, within reason.
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