I recently purchased 3Design after the NYC MJSA show in March. Kamal
was very helpful and since I live in Atlanta, training was very
convenient. I will be interested to know how it goes for you and if
you are coming to Atlanta for training please get in touch with me. I
will be happy to show you my studio and what we are doing.
As impressive as many packages are 3Design being the most impressive
I saw as well, there is still a learning curve. Even when sales
people tell you will be making pieces the first day after training
there will be stumbling blocks. The 3 features that most intrude me
about the software were the parametric tree, the draft kit, and the
possibilities of a virtual inventory. With the cost to produce goods
being able to create the rendering via CAD gives our clients a great
3-DS image as a sales tool and your creativity is not bound by the
budget to actually fabricate the design.
As great as the papametric tree is in concept, in the beginning when
you are learning, you may find searching the tree to find errors etc.
complicated and frustrating. Our experience so far in the beginning,
is we perform many more steps than needed be because you are learning
how to think in the 3-d and finding the best application to achieve
your design, as well as breaking down your design to simple forms and
volumes in order to build it. It takes some time to get use to! The
biggest thing we have learned so far is to continually check your
part with the part doctor as you go, so it will be easier to find
your errors. Even though they say it will not allow you to make a bad
STL file that is not completely true. It may not tell you until you
think you are finished and then you have to back track, this can be
very frustrating and time consuming. Or sometimes even your rendering
looks fine but when you convert it to an STL, you will find issues,
(that would mill or RPT if you sent them to the mill) and you have to
I have rambled enough but I look forward to keeping in touch with
you and hope as the 3Design community grows we will be able to help
each other share what we have learned and to help Vision Numeric
continually improve their software. All in all I think the software
is amazing and the potential is almost limitless! We are looking
forward to our future w/ 3Design as our CAD software.
Thanks for listening
D.Muscio Designs Inc.