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Dramacius
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Hi guys I am looking for some simple to use 3d Design software that I can use to design the interiors and exteriors of space craft. What can anyone suggest, I have autocad but damn that's hard to learn ( fortunately it was a gift from my previous work place )


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Chebar
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you could use blender. it is a free 3d program. I started using it about 1 year ago and like it. I know a lot of people don't like its interface but I didn't have any problems. I'm using 3d max now and love it. I think its easier to use then blender but it costs a lot more.


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You might want to have a look at google sketch up

http://sketchup.google.com/

Never used it myself but I have read it very easy to use.


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Dramacius
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I have been looking at it but from my use it is a little too simplified for what I want, it does some of the stuff automated which on occassion can be rather annoying and it often gets it wrong.

I was taking a crack at making a rounded ship and it just wouldn't fill the bits I wanted with render. I have decided to take another look at my autoCAD which is far more complex but also far better for what I want. I hope to be able to build and render a complete starship bridge in the next few weeks using it so fingures crossed.

I will post my results here first for comments and critisism.


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PixelMonkey
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I'd second the recommendation for Blender. It's free and does just about everything the major packages do.

You could also look into Milkshape3d http://www.milkshape3d.com/ which is a more community supported effort. It's build specifically for modding games.

There is also some offerings from Izware. http://www.izware.com/nendo/index.htm Nendo is a standalone modeler that has the simplest UI that I've ever seen. It's shareware, after 30 day's (I think) it's like $50.

AutoCad is not something that I'd recommend, for fun and exploration. Now, it's companion application 3dsMax is one of the standards, but will cost you a small fortune for a license.

Best of luck! Would love to see what you're coming up with.


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XenoHelix
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PixelMonkey wrote:
There is also some offerings from Izware. http://www.izware.com/nendo/index.htm Nendo is a standalone modeler that has the simplest UI that I've ever seen. It's shareware, after 30 day's (I think) it's like $50.

Wings3D is a FREE modeller based on Nendo but it's nowhere near the caliber of 3DS Max or Blender.


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