Furniture CAD programs?

Postby ardnaxela » May 24th, 2006, 12:29 pm

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Hey all. i´m a bit of a newbie and am wondering if there is a specific CAD program used for furniture. i´ve been using adobe illustrator and a bit of AutoCAD but i´m sure there´s got to be something better. thanks

Postby Scott Bennett » May 24th, 2006, 1:40 pm

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Not really. Autocad is pretty widely used. I use Solidworks and export drawings in Autocad format to the factories.

Postby nydesignguy » May 24th, 2006, 7:03 pm


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Been designing furniture for 6 years and have been using Rhino just as long...

Postby Kung Fu Jesus » May 25th, 2006, 9:28 am


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7 years here. rhino, 3d viz, and solidworks.
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Postby 73lotus » May 27th, 2006, 10:44 pm


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2 years in the industry for me. I know of no "standard" software package used.

I prefer Rhino, but also use AutoCAD, although I will tailor file formats to a manufacturer's needs should they not use certain software (or computers at all).

AutoCAD is probably the lowest common denominator...

Postby ardnaxela » May 28th, 2006, 8:12 am

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thanks for all the input

i´ve heard of rhino a bit before
who is the maker?
are crack versions available? (im a student...)

Postby Scott Bennett » May 28th, 2006, 10:14 am

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http://www.rhino3d.com/

They have a reasonably priced student edition. Don't steal.

Postby ardnaxela » May 28th, 2006, 10:27 am

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thanks for the link (and the moral advice)

its significantly cheaper than i would have expected

Postby ufo » May 30th, 2006, 12:53 pm

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it depends on how you design. but normally for more complex furniture ie. chairs or any type of seating you have to achieve some advanced form development skills - formula: material + technique + feel + idea = design.


on the contrary formula: trend + sketch + ergo + cad= furniture - isn't enough!

i use solidworks for things like cabinets. i just designed some for my own use and installed it.

for other furniture i use catia. it can get better surfaces on aca.
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Postby Rusty Nail » May 30th, 2006, 8:15 pm


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Does anyone use Inventor?

rhino

Postby mancho » June 9th, 2006, 9:03 am

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well, industrial designer from colombia, working as a furniture design in a well known company and I've been using RHINO 3D and exporting drawings to illustrator and print them.

Theres some friends using solidworks but still autocad is the most used I think...

I think Rhino and solidworks are the best.
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Postby concretebox » August 23rd, 2006, 4:28 pm


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I've been using Pro-Engineer for all my furniture design, goes straight to the manufacturers and done!

Postby motorsep » October 6th, 2006, 3:36 pm


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Hi all,
I am new here :)
Can somebody, please, recommend any literature about furniture design with Rhino? (I would love to know about workflow)
Also I wonder if simple stuff like kitchen sets, drawers, wardrobes, etc. (all boxy and flat panel furniture) are designed with Rhino too?
Thanks.

Postby design-engine » October 9th, 2006, 6:34 pm

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all the major furniture manufactuers use proe.
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Postby motorsep » October 9th, 2006, 9:22 pm


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well, I would guess :)
But I am talking about small scale production, custom made furniture. I don't think Pro Engineer can beat Rhino's price :P

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