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Re: CAD software for timber framing
« Reply #20 on: April 10, 2005, 06:57:21 PM »
   Which TurboCad did you use ? The Professional or the Delux? How did you like the Chief Architect for TF?


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« Reply #21 on: April 10, 2005, 11:21:40 PM »
I downloaded the Dietrich's program but have to say, its not easy to use or figure out but thats coming from a person who has never done any CAD work.

Looks like it will do a lot but I cant even figure out how to draw a straight line a specific lenght.  If I could get that part down I might have a chance.

I have done some work on a program called Vellum 3d.  It was very easy to learn and use but its not designed for construction at all.

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Re: CAD software for timber framing
« Reply #22 on: April 11, 2005, 11:56:32 AM »
Thanks for this info. It's refreshing to know that in a world where EVERYTHING seems to have a price tag, some things are still free. Maybe as an introductory to their better software, but that's something I always consider when I elect to do business with someone.
I don't expect a free lunch but sometimes it's good business not to try and "nickel and dime" people to death.
Great tip - thanks. KJ

P.S. Hows the shop coming?
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Re: CAD software for timber framing
« Reply #23 on: April 11, 2005, 03:19:07 PM »
Here is a drawing of a frame that I created in 2002 using floor plan as part of TurboCAD

It can be done but it's just for visualization and not a true timber frame drawing.

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Re: CAD software for timber framing
« Reply #24 on: April 13, 2005, 10:24:38 PM »
Hi Dick:

I'm currently using TC version 11. but I saw it demoed with V8 Professional.  Chief Architect is also a good program and I highly recommend it.  It's a little pricey at just under $1800, but it does a good job of cost estimating and rendering too. 


The shop is coming along just fine!  Been real busy here.  We have sold two frames locally and a couple over in Mississippi.  I decided that to keep up the pace, that I needed to drift a little from traditional timber framing and venture into using some of the engineered connectors available.  Two such animals that have greatly speeded up my production are LogHogs and Timberlinx coonectors.  Again, I highly recommend them.

Regarding the use of floor plan and TurboCad, fully rendered photo realistic drawings are well within the capabilities of this software.  In a few days, I will post a couple of renderings so that yall can see it's capabilities.  Many designers use both of these programs to do just that.  Since very few, (if any) designers generate "working drawings" or "shop drawings", these programs can be used to create as "true" a drawing as any other program.  Granted they don't automatically draw out a joint and then use that joint to make the connection, but who really cares since joinery is subjective anyway. ;D
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