Author Topic: On-line parts fabrication service with free 3d CAD program  (Read 4516 times)

Rick from Manchester

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On-line parts fabrication service with free 3d CAD program
« on: December 29, 2006, 08:23:44 AM »
Here's an interesting site (eMachineShop.com  http://www.emachineshop.com/ ) I just found, where you can design a part using their free (via download) 3D CAD program, get an instant price quote, and order the parts you just designed online.   While the service is not cheap for very small quantities, it might be just the thing if you wanted to create a clock as a kit for sale.  Even if you don't plan on actually having the parts you design fabricated, the free CAD program is well worth the download.  It has the ability to show your design in 3D (that you can move around to see the part from all angles), import and export DXF files, and print them accurately at 1:1.  This might be a great program to use, for printing out scroll saw cutting patterns from free DXF CAD files found on some clock sites.
Here's a wheel (I imported from a DXF file) shown using the 3D preview feature. http://www.remmepark.com/manchesterclockworks/photo_host/gear_3d.jpg

Rick from Manchester