I figured we should talk about the best tools for use in generating SVGs to send to the glowforges when they arrive.
Recently I joined the thingiverse and tried out a hand full of modeling software including Sketchup and some other freebie desktop CADs.
So far I’ve really liked Tinkercad, though the SVGs need a little cleanup. they’ve got some interesting issues with weird internal geometry, especially after you’ve done a bunch of boolean subtractions (pardon my old Rhino terminology). The software is pretty simple, but is web based, has a clean and pretty usable UI, and it’s made for modeling for 3D printing & laser cutting.
Next up, I’m looking forward to trying out 123D Design and 123D Make from Autodesk, but I have yet to sit down with them. What are others’ prefered setups for modeling and SVG generation?
If I could have my rathers, I’d like a parameterized CAD with an easy to use UI. Does anyone have any other suggestions?