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Planning template design software

Discussion in 'Modding' started by honyin, 7 Jul 2009.

  1. honyin

    honyin New Member

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    hi im looking for software to design my own templates for fan grills and side panels to print and cut any help would be great.
     
  2. Javerh

    Javerh Topiary Golem

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    Any cad program would do. Also, most photo editors like Photoshop and Paint Shop Pro can handle it.
     
  3. Cookie Monster

    Cookie Monster Well-Known Member

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    Not that it should matter but how are you going to get them cut? If your going to take them someplace to get them machined why not ask what software that company has that way you don't spend weeks designing it in Photoshop, only to have to redo it in AutoCAD because the company can't convert it.
     
  4. Javerh

    Javerh Topiary Golem

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    He mentioned printing, so I'm assuming he would just glue the template and cut away with a dremel.
     
  5. Cookie Monster

    Cookie Monster Well-Known Member

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    I really should read posts fully before replying
     
  6. ModMinded

    ModMinded Are you throwing that away?

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    Sketchup in 2d mode would be good as well, probably. It's free! (I'm still learning, but it would be very easy to do an accurately measured layout, I think.)

    I've seen a lot of people using coreldraw for their templates.
     
  7. honyin

    honyin New Member

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    cheers guys thanks for the advise.
     
  8. forester joe

    forester joe shhh. can you hear your PC?

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    what about scale?

    How do you make sure that the printout is to scale? :dremel:
     
  9. dan-ere-07

    dan-ere-07 New Member

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    Mesure it?
    Im shure if you mesure a few of the dimensions and they are what you put in it will be fine. :thumb:
     
  10. ModMinded

    ModMinded Are you throwing that away?

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    Sketchup has some cool tools for that, that allow you to accurately laydown measurements in various units (mm or inchs, etc) Also, there is a scale adjustment feature as well.

    http://sketchup.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=36227
     
  11. forester joe

    forester joe shhh. can you hear your PC?

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    will definitely look into this.
    the problem I see, is that the 2D image scope is not clear, as well as the zoom.

    will have to see how sketchup handles this.

    TKS
     

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