I currently use the SE Community Edition, the only crippling feature is that the native files produced with it cannot be opened on a fully licensed SE license.It is worth noting that there is a seldom mentioned, free, Siemens 3D CAD too for non-professional use. I don't know how it is crippled, but I assume that it is in some fashion. I think Siemens owns NX, so maybe it is the same thing? I've been wondering that. I don't know anything about NX other than it is what Apple uses (or used) for their designs, which would certainly be an indication that the application is very capable. I also don't know if there is any reasonable way to get an output from the free version of the Siemens product into an affordable CAM system. Because I have a CNC (along with a ton of others on this board, I suspect) the ability to generate G-code is a mandate.
I'm not sure what the difference is between SolidEdge and NX. It looks like Siemens has several different products. That isn't too surprising; Dassualt does the same thing with DraftSight, SolidWorks, and even Alibre at one point in time (I think they owned it for a while... might be wrong). I'm very curious if anyone has any experience with SolidEdge and if they know whether or not it can be integrated into a CAM system. I believe the full SE product is well respected, but I know nothing more about the community edition other than it is a perpetual license.The Siemens store offers products in the Siemens Digital Industries store allowing you to try, subscribe, purchase and download products. Siemens offer cloud products.www.plm.automation.siemens.com
There's this guy on Youtube, I'd think his project building a 6 cylinder engine head would cover most of what any miniature engine builder would need.Every modeling kernel has tricks to workaround certain quirks. Anyone have ideas of a nightmare model I could work on with Alibre this weekend?
If you need surfaces and 'organic' solids, Moment of Inspiration is a program that works well with Alibre and was developed by the original/main programmer for Rhino so it has a lot of similarities but not as extensive(or as expensive).Nice video. Some block+fillet "CAD Machining" pitfalls can be solved with lofts and sweeps. I tried some of their surfacing tools, but understandably they're kept pretty basic with a default Rhino import option. Kind of a niche thing too.
Sheetmetal looks really good too. Not quite for engine work, but useful for a lot of other applications requiring flat patterns.
From what I'm seeing so far, I think it's the best value for the price. Good time to buy up a copy before they get "autodesked" (bought out and sidelined).
Nice result! Reminds me of the Woodward prop governors on Pratts that have replaced the original cast versions. I'm wondering if there are corrosive type etchers (feric chloride?) that would produce that sandcast finish, at least on aluminum. Did you run 2 intersecting drilled holes between ports with the exterior only being cosmetic?Before Fusion changed things I liked to use their "steep & shallow" which was very good for complex compound curves, now I can still get a similar result but have to set more things myself depending on how close to flat or vertical the surface is which S&S used to do for you. I certainly could not make something like this with a 2 or 2.5D program