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Does anyone here do CAD 3d modeling on mac? If So, what program, and where can I get it. Looking for open source, or free stuff. Would be great if it opened files from autodesk inventor. Thanks

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zachninme (author)2008-04-06

You can run AutoCAD R14 in linux w/ WINE, you might want to check out using WINE on mac.

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LinuxH4x0r (author)zachninme2008-04-06

wine never worked very good... Maybe I'll try it again

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westfw (author)2008-04-06

There is google sketchup for Macs...

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LinuxH4x0r (author)westfw2008-04-06

Too weak after using autodesk inventor. Thanks anyway

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pantechnicon (author)2008-04-06

There are a series of programs by Ashlar-Vellum which might do what you are looking for: Cobalt, Xenon, and Argon. Argon being the simplest version and Cobalt the most sophisticated. I haven't used them myself but they are comprehensive packages and fairly expensive. There is a two week free version for testing. There is a competitive product called Concepts Unlimited (free crippled version available), which apparently works similarly to the above-mentioned programs. Price unknown. They all work on a Mac. Or, if you have an Intel based Mac, you could use Windows on your Mac and have access to "Windows Only programs". I do that and it works quite well. If you can run Windows, there is a free version of Alibre, which will open SAT and IGES files, etc (I think). No time limit, but with limited capabities relative to the the full version.

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LinuxH4x0r (author)pantechnicon2008-04-06

Thanks! yes, it is an intel based one, but I have a moral issue with paying Micro$$$$oft $200 for xp. I'll try the ones you listed. Do you know of any open source projects?

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pantechnicon (author)LinuxH4x0r2008-04-06

Sorry LinuxH4x0r, I don't know.

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