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Jasonb

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The problem with many posts here is that "Alibre" is being used as a general term when most are actually referring to Alibre's entry product called "Atom3D"

I posted earlier a link to what you get with the various offerings from Alibre and as Atom3D is the entry level you don't get all you do with Pro and expert. if you click the detail tab on this page and then each of the headings it shows what you do and don't get depending on what package you buy.


Detail View - No in Atom yes in pro & expert

Expload yes on screen, don't think it is simple on a printed drawing but image from screen can be saved and added to a printed drawing

Sheet metal is pro only and that has better animation

I find that pro created drawings easily and Atom will be just about the same.

Don't use the BOM but it is parametric and will remove an item if you take it out of the assembly, not available in Atom
 

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I'm coming from AutoCad LT, a 2d package. I commonly whip out a quick sketch of a maybe a few lines and a circle or two so I can pull off a few dimensions for manual machining instead of doing a bunch of math. Can I do this in Ailbre pro without building a whole 3d model? Bob
 

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I'm coming from AutoCad LT, a 2d package. I commonly whip out a quick sketch of a maybe a few lines and a circle or two so I can pull off a few dimensions for manual machining instead of doing a bunch of math. Can I do this in Ailbre pro without building a whole 3d model? Bob
You can do it but I have an old TurboCAD V16.2 that I use for that sort of thing, it has way better sketching tools or maybe I'm just more used to the TurboCAD since I've had it for 20 years. One of the nice things about having the TurboCAD is that I found the switch to Alibre very easy as the UI seem to have a lot in common, I never did like AutoCAD, being lousy at typing may have had something to do with it though.
 

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I apologize if this has been asked before but...

Does Alibre allow you to create detailed views?.......
Why not download and install the free trial? Maybe peruse the Alibre Help first and/or download the manual first. The answer to most of your Alibre questions is "yes", but either of those options would give you specifics.


The 1st link also gives you feature lists for each version.
 

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Thanks very much for all the info & links in response to my question. I know I can visit the website & see the features & how they say "It's GREAT"...I kind of got a chuckle when I was comparing the versions & between the versions, they were listed as "Excellent, Great, & basic". Compared to?

My question was aimed at the actual USERS of the software & their experiences with it. It's like dealing with any salesman, you get more factual information from the end users (No offense salesman..)

Thanks for the links Mike, I will certainly have a look.

Thanks for the info Jason, I know you have made some beautiful designs using "Alibre" & it seems to do what you want it to. (I'm might be hitting you up with some additional questions...)

Richard: I have been using Pro-E for over 20 years & can say that it's AWESOME CAD software. I used it primarily in tool design, everything from machining fixtures, special machines, to mold design. It's a real bear to learn, but when you do, it can do some pretty cool things. I haven't had any experience with SolidWorks in quite awhile, but It seems they're quite comparable. (I used it awhile probably 10 years ago). What I liked about SolidWorks was the user interface & the "Menu" for selecting options. I think Pro-E was originally designed around the Unix platform & you had to be pretty specific about "Working directories" & "search paths". You couldn't always just browse to another directory & load/assemble that part, it had some pretty stringent "rules". I have no experience with "Inventor".
One thing Pro-E was very good about was with complicated rounds & drafting of surfaces/transitions. Pro-E has some other pretty tough demands, but when you follow the rules, you have a pretty "Solid" database. The drawing part of it is solid as well, very good at creating any kind of drawing view you may require & dimensioning is easy-even easier when you use the dimensions you created in your "Sketch", a feature called "Show dimensions" is available at the click of a mouse & will show all or only dimensions you select.

I have downloaded Atom 3D & the tutorial that comes with it. I have not installed it yet but have reviewed the tutorial. I already recognize the "workflow" required to create models & am actually impressed with what I see, what I am used to. Not sure about the assembly end yet, but will work through that. Will have to do some more digging to see how well the drawing interface works.

Thank you all!

John
 

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In SolidWorks, I use a parts list table in conjunction with balloons linked to the parts inserted into assembly views to generate BOMs. That way you can look at the item # and see the description in the table. Probably not the most sophisticated method but works well for my purposes and I have designed built some pretty large and complex automated machines using this method.

Colin
 

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I've only been using it for a short while. *I have the same questions. BTW, how was Pro-E? I've never ussed it but want to know what it is like in comparison to Solidworks and Inventor
I have the top end version and it certainly allows me to create detailed views at any scale. Don't know about their starter kit.
 

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