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#1 posted 07-19-2017 09:24 PM

Depends on what type of work you are doing. Most programs are specific for certain types of woodworking.

For general woodworking, I use Autocad and for years and have never had a problem drawing anything I wanted. It’s extremely powerful if you know what you are doing. Matter of fact, Autocad is pretty much the standard in professional mid to large shops. Only problem is that it is pretty expensive, around $4,195, which puts it out of reach for most people.

If your looking for a 3D CAD program I know that Autodesk Inventor has a plugin called “Woodwork for Inventor” that specifically deals with furniture/cabinet design. Again, it’s pretty expensive (base program + plugin). I know that you can export your 2D design into inventor pretty easy. Also, if your doing CNC you can also export to CAM software.

What type of stuff are you looking to draw?


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