NorCalNomad wrote:I very much dislike rhino actually Perfer to use Alias and Solidworks for my 3D modeling needs. But those are both super huge programs and super expensive. Rhino's advantage is that its cheap and trims a lot of features into smaller purchases/ add ons making it a little easier to learn.
I just wanted to bounce on NorCalNomad post and create this one for all of you that have thought about designing their own kiteboard hydrofoil but where relunctant due to price / difficulty ...
This post to follow our progress, to store our screenshots as FreeCad users.
A friend of mine, Autocad and SolidWorks proficient, likes FreeCad a lot.
it's open source, well structured, Python friendly, compatible with plenty of formats to send to the machine shop, offering a CAM extension for the most CNC enclined amongs us + huge community + plenty of tutorial and it's ... free.
The official site http://www.freecadweb.org/
The youTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/FreeCADNews/feed
The incredible free toolbox - well beyond our needs http://www.freecad.com/
The Google + FreeCad community: https://plus.google.com/communities/103183769032333474646?cfem=1
FreeCAD projects / Users showcase : http://forum.freecadweb.org/viewforum.php?f=24
Videos for beginners:
bejant000 YT channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuwmvJXdUCik-Z6goNzTxKQ?feature=hovercard
bram de vries 8 tutorials https://www.youtube.com/user/boumdadaque/videos
Coz, finally, our kiteboard hydrofoils are just big spoons, aren't they ??
With interfaces available in german, spanish, french, portuguese, italian and norvegian
Let's see what this great sofware can bring to our growing community.