Alibre Express for free and fun :)

Discussion in 'Software' started by ErikG, Aug 6, 2005.

  1. ErikG
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    ErikG Senior Member

    No I'm not selling it, but FARK, it's so intuitive. Going through the first tutorials it's so clever and very easy to use!

    I've been banging my head against that Rhino wall more than once...

    So if you haven't checked it out, do that!

    And I'd say the price is just right, ITS FREE!

    Sure I think it's limited to a max of say 25 parts (if I remeber correctly). And you have a row of ads at the top, but not to annoying.

    Well I like it.

    Wether its as good in the marine environment... Well I haven't gotten that far yet :)

    Edit: Forgot to include a link for anyone who has missed it:
    http://www.alibre.com/xpress/
     

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  2. ErikG
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    ErikG Senior Member

    As I'm going through the tutorials...
    It works with native Rhino files!
    Seems like a good thing :)
     
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  3. CGN
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    CGN Senior Member

    Alibre have a plug in that works with Rhino i don't know if it will work with the free version, now for those who registered for X-CAD the fisrt 100,000 are getting a sweet deal becouse the version for those is including shelling and other good features, but if you download now the version is a little bit more crippled, but still a good deal.
     
  4. nevd
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    nevd Junior Member

    Do you think its worth spending USD 995 to get the full version? Could it be used as a replacement for Rhino or could it be considered as a replacement for Acad?
     
  5. CGN
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    CGN Senior Member

    No as a rhino replacement or 2D Cad, Alibre is a parametric modeler like solidworks or ProE, it has nothing to do with 2DCad or surfacing, Alibre is good for mechanical stuff, shafts, rudders, bitts, cleats just to mention some, you can import sections from a rhino model and import it into alibre and create structural members of a boat, it can be done I just don't find it quick or efficient enough when compared to solidworks, but for hobbies and with plenty of time it is possible to achieve such task, you can produce 2D drawings form the models and have a bill of materials of the parts in your assembly, all this parametric you change your model and it will reflect on your 2D drawing.

    They are really good on support, and I think the price is right, they also have a bunch of modules like Algor FEM analysis, MSC motion designer ( I think that's the name) there is a plug in for rhino, and they have other plug ins including for CAM and CNC.
     
  6. ErikG
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    ErikG Senior Member

    Well CGN knows about this stuff. Me I'm just an amateur.

    But with that said, I find in my first stumbling atempts that making most interior parts is a lot quicker in Alibre than in Rhino.
    But I think that only has to do with that the userinterface and the tutorials are so good, so it's very easy to get into it.

    As for When and Where a surface modeler or a parametric is the best thing to use... I couldn't say.
     
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  7. Tim B
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    Tim B Senior Member

    I'd just go with rhino for interiors, It's very fast and efficient (I've even put in the pot plants) and I've been playing with geometry files upto about 20MB (before deciding to split it up).

    As for getting into Rhino, there are still things that keep me on my toes, but now that I've started to write LMH (see website for screen-shots in the next few days) I've started to get a better appreciation for how the surfaces actually work, and this has allowed me to progress with Rhino at a previously un-heard of rate. Perhaps we all just need a little tutoring on surface definition.

    The major downside for me is that it is only supported on Windows, and I honestly don't want to develop my own code in Windows just because it's not comfortable. For the moment, at least, It looks like I'm going to be using LMH (Linux) Rhino (Windows) and my own bits of code to do design work.

    Tim B.
     
  8. gamage
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    gamage Senior Member

    Dear All,

    I appreciate if you can update this thread with new developments of Alibre software. Specially your experience in boat designing and plug ins with CAM & CNC.
    Thanks
     
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  9. JRD
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    JRD Senior Member

    Alibre has developed well as a solids modeller. We use it for design of mechanical and process engineering equipment. The support is very good and suggestions for improvements by users are listened to by the developers. It seems to lag behind Solid Works and Inventor by one version, but for the substantially lower price and annual support costs we can live with this.

    By comparison Rhino is a surface modeller which is well suited to shaping abstract shapes, curves and splines. Solids modellers don't do this so well as a rule, though Im sure there are designers who can work around this. We tried importing a 3D mesh DXF from Hullform 9. Rhino accepted it, Alibre did not. Our draftsman, who uses Alibre about 30% of the time for normal engineering design did not think Alibre had appropriate surface shaping tools for what I was trying to do. Sorry I can't comment on the CAD/CAM aspects
     
  10. RhinoParametric
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    RhinoParametric Junior Member

    If you like Rhino and you would like to work with parametric capability, you should try the plugin RhinoParametrics for Rhino 4 (free for students and teachers without any limitations).

    www.rhinoparametrics.com
     
  11. tz3dcom
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    tz3dcom Trump yacht

    Rhino has been developing more than 10 years , Unfortunate the new function still rarely . and the update too slow..

    Hope rhino future version can be add more powerful function just like FEM ,hydromechanics analysis ect..

    Does anyone konw if where we can find these analysis Plugins for rhino ?
     
  12. RhinoParametric
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    RhinoParametric Junior Member

    yes for Structure FEA , you have Scan&Solve plugin which is very effective...
     
  13. CmbtntDzgnr
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    CmbtntDzgnr Senior Member

    Hi, www.alibre/xpress is not a valid URL anymore. They probably reorged their site. It generates this message:

    Oops, we can't find that page

    This page has moved or no longer exists. We apologize for the inconvenience.
    Were you looking for...

    A product trial

    Product Information

    Customer Support

    Company Info

    The online store
    If you wouldn't mind...

    Please let us know where you came from and what page you were looking for. You can E-mail us. Thanks!


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    However, www.alibre.com works.
     

  14. LP
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    LP Flying Boatman

    I believe Alibre Express no longer exists. I when to update it and they killed it on my computer.

    They now have Alibre PE (Personal Edition), but THERE IS NO 3D IMPORT CAPABILITY OF ANY KIND with this version and it is not free. All you can get is a free 30 day trial. I would recommend steering clear of this software.
     
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