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Welding/Fabrication Software?

Postby T411 » Thu Dec 08, 2016 11:49 pm

I want to design and make metal furniture and I'm looking for drawing software program for fabricating that can tell you the amount of material you are using (pricing), angles & lengths to cut? Any recommendations?
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Re: Welding/Fabrication Software?

Postby Zipzit » Mon Dec 12, 2016 6:31 am

You will definitely want to use the bill of materials options in Solidworks. You draw centerlines of all materials, then select the specific tubing you want to use. (Weldments) When you are all done, you can create a small spreadsheet showing the lengths of all materials in use. Its pretty handy.
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Re: Welding/Fabrication Software?

Postby SLS3 » Thu Dec 29, 2016 4:15 pm

Hi guys, new member here, just do hobby stuff at home and am sorta computer dummy for big programs. any simple software out there for guys that are not geeks? Free is better too lol.
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Re: Welding/Fabrication Software?

Postby Jim FLinchbaugh » Sun Jan 01, 2017 11:49 am

you can try Sketchup, its free and not too hard for those of us uninitiated in the world of CAD.
I struggle with all of this type of stuff and am of the opinion that software developers are disconnected with normal thinking people
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Re: Welding/Fabrication Software?

Postby Oscar » Mon Jan 02, 2017 5:10 pm

I use Bend Tech Pro.


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Re: Welding/Fabrication Software?

Postby Turbo » Fri Jan 20, 2017 8:00 pm

I use Autodesk Fusion 360, which is free for hobbyists. I think it is fantastic, and would not trade it for Inventor, Solidworks, or Creo. My only complaint is that they still haven't added sheet metal functions.
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Re: Welding/Fabrication Software?

Postby wormworksfab » Sun Feb 19, 2017 2:58 pm

Does fusion 360 have the bill of materials option? or do you have to export it to autocad or some other softwear?
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