Sunday, December 2, 2012

Got AutoCAD running on my machine.

I didn't think it would be easy to get AutoCAD on my computer. First, I thought it was only for PC and I'd have to do some Mac runaround that I'm unfamiliar with. Parallel what-nots or what-have-yous. Second, it's expensive as hell. I assumed that if a program was being sold for thousands of dollars, then it would be difficult to pirate.

The real problem is this: any time I have to do something new, my brain creates hurdles and barriers. Time passes and I think about hypothetical boundaries between myself and what I should be doing.

AutoCAD is about as easy to download as the latest episode of The Walking Dead. As a bonus, I already doubled the RAM on my laptop a couple weeks ago, which will help run this powerful bastard of a program. Best of all, a version for Mac users was released in 2011.

It's 7:21pm. I'm watching a tutorial video which introduces the basic layout and options available when starting AutoCAD. I'm trying to make a circle.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Google Sketchup is hella competition to AutoCAD and legit free. Great for more visual 3D drawings; doesn't do quite as well for detailed stuff though. sketchup.google.com

Three Speed said...

A friend of mine pointed this out to me. Part of my eventual plan is to have small detailed and threaded parts made at a machine shop. Since AutoCAD seems to be what everyone else is using for stuff like that, that's what I decided to get. I also fully intend to check out Sketchup. You know... "when I have time."

Anonymous said...

I plan on doing the same with small skate and motorcycle stuff; check this out, basically 3d printer for AutoCAD: http://hackaday.com/2008/05/24/the-best-cnc-project-machines/

Three Speed said...

really... really... cool. Thanks for the link.