Don't discount an investment in the right software for the right job.SoSo wrote:...... previously they've hired consultants to do the product development but now they want to bring it in-house.
It may be 'cheaper' to invest in what already works for company (previous consultant software and outputs) than investing time evaluating, learning, or testing alternate options.SoSo wrote:......... I'm pretty fresh out of school so I don't have a lot of experience working in CAD programs in a professional environment and I anticipate that there might be some differences compared to the school environment.
Do you mean there is no CAM simulation in Rhino? The obvious answer is yes. How is that relevant?MK19 wrote:Rhino is ok but will not enable you to do sheet metal or box section cut lists or simulate injection moulding, CNC machining, etc.
Like when you decide to model your entire project in CAD software A, but the vendor you chose uses CAD software B and you think "Step files will be fine" until they crash on import and no one can understand why so you have to re-model the whole thing.WSMI wrote:And as others have mentioned, honestly consider all the options to get the job done 'right'. Both in private and professional experiences more often than not 'spending the money' has proven the better route. It can be easy to underestimating the time, energy, and amount of torn out hair, to get the results needed with a "Should be good enough...".
For Sheet Metal I mean you cannot make flat patterns of parts which account for bend deduction etc.iab wrote:Do you mean there is no CAM simulation in Rhino? The obvious answer is yes. How is that relevant?MK19 wrote:Rhino is ok but will not enable you to do sheet metal or box section cut lists or simulate injection moulding, CNC machining, etc.
As for bent metal and plastic parts (IM, VM, BM, CNC, etc), of course you can use Rhino. Saying otherwise is incorrect.
I'm not a big fan but you can get most of this in Autodesk Fusion 360. Free if you're small enough or $25 per month for a yearly subscription. You need a fast internet connection as it's cloud-based.SoSo wrote:In short, what we need is 3d modelling capabilities, primarily solids but some surface modelling tools would be an welcome addition. I also need to create basic 2d drawings. I'm probably going to use Keyshot for renderings and I don't have to deal with large assemblies, huge product libraries, simulations or similar. Most products will be injection molded plastic parts and a few sheet metal parts.