SolidWorks for free for EAA members

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  1. Jul 25, 2016 #1

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    Neat! Thanks for letting us know.
     
  3. Jul 25, 2016 #3

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    Nice! For those who may not know it, Fi has been working on this for quite a while. Anyone wishing to step up to a modern 3D CAD program now has a chance to do so without the usual expense in buy a seat.

    Congrats Fi, well done.......
     
  4. Jul 25, 2016 #4

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    Wow. That is a great, great deal.

    SW is an extremely useful tool for airplane building.
     
  5. Jul 26, 2016 #5

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    Fidot, free lessons to use on line too? Kidding, but I'm way to old to spend the next 2 years trying to draw a circle with a cone attached to one side. Nice tool to have though, wish I had it 15 years ago.
     
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    Microsoft Windows only. :( Still...nice work Fi.
     
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    It's an almost Windows-only world as far as 3D CAD goes -- with a few exceptions like this one.

    The newer versions of SWx require Win7 or later and it's a fairly resource hungry program. If you're not doing too much at once (like my airplane's SWx model) it should run OK on modest hardware.
     
  8. Jul 26, 2016 #8

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    Thanks Fidot for your persistence with EAA and Solidworks to make this happen!

    -Glenn
     
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    You going to get a copy Glenn? ;)
     
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    Thank You Fidot!!
     
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    Thanks, that's awesome!

    Does anyone have a Skybolt in solid works?
     
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    Fidot has been doing some work for his Skybolt build but I don't know how complete it is.

    I'd be interested to see what any new users create with SWx and how they intend to use the tool. For me it's a design tool, I don't really use it for making pretty images. That said, it is often easier to create a simple model to illustrate something with images that would otherwise be difficult to put into words.
     
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    You can download some Skybolt cad from grabcad.com

    I don't know how accurate it is.
     
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    Thanks guys! Cory Purii of EAA fame did all the heavy lifting and setting up - I just made a phone call :)


    So here's a couple interesting thoughts.

    1. How many people are going to join EAA for $50/year SWX seat? :)

    2. How long till we start getting Open Source designs with a bunch of contributors, sorta like what Linux et al has been doing for decades.
     
  15. Jul 27, 2016 #15

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    My Skybolt model is not complete at all. I have a lower wing almost done and the fuse cage which needs to be double checked.

    I have some useful models of standard hardware Bill helped me put together on 79ft.net (also there's a sticky in this forum with links). It's on Github and I'll be more that happy to give write (commit) permissions to anyone who wants to contribute.

    I think we shouldn't share models for plans that aren't in open domain without permission to be honest not to call wrath of (c) owners upon us.
     
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    Is solidworks available with the basic EAA membership you get through IAC?
     
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    Is there any Starduster CAD out there?
     
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    > Is solidworks available with the basic EAA membership you get through IAC?

    I believe if you have an EAA#, yes.
     
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    I signed up for EAA again, installed Solidworks, and I went through a few of the tutorials. I'm amazed how user friendly Solidworks is.

    The solidworks deal is awesome.
     
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    My buddy does the trouble shooting for solid works. So if anyone has problems with the program you are one person away from answers.

    P.s. He says most of the problems are created by the user's designs, not the program it self...Square peg round whole kind of thing.
     

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