Linux software?

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  1. water addict
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    water addict Naval Architect

    Any folks out there had any luck finding real 3-d engineering modeling software for linux?
     
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  3. CmbtntDzgnr
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    Hopefully, this is a start, as far as CAD goes:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGmYnON_2f4&feature=related
    (Bricscad V10 Linux; a later version exists since ~ April 2011)
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jb-DXRQkJww&feature=related
    (in German)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVUC9M7AssA&feature=related
    (Bricsys Bricscad Platinium advert in English; using X-Solids, shows how to create a guitar in 3D)
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    http://www.bricsys.com/en_INTL/bricscad/index.jsp
    (video)
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    http://www.bricsys.com/common/news.jsp?ksearch=Linux
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    http://www.bricsys.com/en_INTL/
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDcqGRTetrk
    (in German)
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpgfu9s0y6A&feature=related
    (solids modeling)
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x08dNkYr15M&feature=related
    (Redway Render Motoru)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6sRq8Bc3idc&feature=related
    (Points import for Bricscad)
     
  4. fcfc
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    As commercial software for Linux, you also have http://www.varicad.com/en/home/ but more a 3D mechanical design software than an engineering software.
     
  5. CmbtntDzgnr
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    I neglected to mention that.

    Also, there is CAD Schroer:

    http://www.cad-schroer.com/

    http://www.cad-schroer.com/Software/MEDUSA4/

    http://www.cad-schroer.com/Support/Downloads/

    http://www.cad-schroer.com/Software/MEDUSA4/CADFreeware/
    (Interesting license:

    "MEDUSA4 Personal is a free, powerful 2D/3D CAD package for Windows® and Linux® -
    part of the MEDUSA4 family of CAD solutions. Companies wishing to use the software for business purposes can do so on a pay-per-result basis. The CSG eSERVICES portal unlocks MEDUSA4 Personal drawings for unlimited commercial use. This means that businesses do not have to pay for the software, only for using the results once these are commercially viable. Private, non-commercial use is completely free of charge.")

    I think I last looked at VariCAD around 2007, but IIRC, heard of it much farther back than that (tempted to say 1999 or 2003). I cannot recall why I didn't get hooked. Might have been my chafing for 3D CAD features.

    I last tried CAD Schroer in 2008, IIRC. I think I was having graphics chips problems in my computer. Powerful app, but probably more than I needed at the time. Not sure if my problems were 3D related.

    (These next two are NOT Linux-native, though in WINE there might be *some* functionality. But, that is not the same. I don't understand why (well, I do, but don't accept) that some devs won't decompile their apps and recomplie to run in Linux. I know a lot of Linux users (with or without money) can be demanding and expect almost ANYthing running in Linux to be free. But, I'm not one of those. I've paid $50 to more for apps from developers who/that are enlightened enough to cater to multiple platforms, not just to mac and win. But, sometimes, to differentiate things, they switch buttons around, use different GUI approaches, and make it frustrating for users of an app that works cross-platform. For example, why on earth does firefox have the the "Recover" button on the right of two buttons on one platform, and on the left for the other? It makes it all too easy to abort a recover inadvertently. Anyway, for the benefit of those using Linux (like i do) but who "quarrantine" win vista or win 7 inside VirtualBox...):

    I inadvertently stumbled upon Punch! ViaCAD and TurboCAD at CompUSA, before they shuttered their bricks and mortars stores in early 2008. Gave TC about a month or two, but they infuriated me with the shocking absence of certain 3D features that were claimed or easy to presume were present based on the artwork and manual, but the features just were not working for me. Even tech support could not resolve it, and I chalked it up to a stealthy attempt to steer me (or others) to their platinum or whatever more expensive level was.

    Gave ViaCAD 2D/3D as shot, on a lark, since both were $89 or so on sale. After a few minutes, I was absolutely hooked. Hooked on the relatively painless import of dxf, creation of 3D surfaces from polylines, the ease of changing the UCS, the ability to obtain CGs, mass info, and moments, and so one. I detest the limitation of shortcuts to just a single character, though. But, for detail and 3D, it was so good for me that I have been upgrading since 2008, and have the Pro version. Tempted to go to Shark, but I never get my money together. Works more like my mind does. Easier for me than dealing with the massiveness of ACAD. VCP's interface and cursor are easier for me, although ACAD 13 has highly-polished and deep and extensive features, but mostly overkill for me. Plus, at ~$270, VC Pro gives me more for my money than the $3900 alternative, despite VCP having a weaker layer management system.
     
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    Is there a way to implement user quota per VServer in Linux?
     
  7. BPL
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    This is a good topic. Thanks CmbtntDzgnr for the list and the leads.

    I'm a linux newbie, but I think you should check your linux distro centos, debian, or whatever help forums Cesaronabi. User quotas seems a different type question from linux cad.
     
  8. CmbtntDzgnr
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    CmbtntDzgnr Senior Member

    Hi BPL,

    Thanks.

    However, I PCLinuxOS, having alternated between it and Mandiva Linux (and, before that, Mandrake, and before that SuSE. I did, however, give CENTOS and Ubuntu (various releases) tries. While I like Ubunt's disk partitioning/repartitioning interface, I later realized Mdva/PCLOS can install/use the same tool. Sometimes, PCLOS has issues, but it is the closest thing to Mvda, and I first started Mandrake way back ~ 1999 or 2000, fully ceasing Suse, which I started playing with ~ 1999.
     
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    I haven't found anything which rivals Rhino (which I take to be my benchmark in CAD) yet, but I do keep looking occasionally.

    Currently I cheat and run Rhino in a virtual machine. Works perfectly, and leaves the rest of the software for Linux. Given that Rhino is the ONLY windows code I use now, I think that's a good solution. My "hobby" work doesn't involve a huge amount of design, though.

    Tim B.
     
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