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Introduce Yourself!

Let's get to know each other. Can you introduce yourself and let us know:

1. Using Free 2D since when?
2. Doing what with it?
3. Moving to 3D ever? If not, why not?

PS> Don't be shy -- we don't care if you use it to design your garage cabinets or make quilt patterns (yes, I know of one user doing that!). You can use it however you like -- stand up and be counted.

Ok, I'll start --> Dan Staples, Director, Solid Edge Product Development
Been doing the CAD thing for 26 years now. Never gets dull.
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Re: Introduce Yourself!

I am Ricky Black.
I answer most of the question on this news group.
I am the Product Manager of the Solid Edge Drafting (2D Drafting) software.
I have been in the manufacturing and CAD industry for 30 years.

Re: Introduce Yourself!

My name is Harrison Spain; I manage the systems team in GTAC and created the BBS back in 1988 :-).

Re: Introduce Yourself!

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Hi,
1. My name is Lim, Sr. Engineer @ thyeheng.com.my
2. I have been using Free 2D since SE V14, I think,
3. I formerly use it to open dft files created by full SE versions. Now, I
use it to open dwg files. I am trying to advocate the conversion of AutoCAD
LT to Free 2D in the company but questions about Siemens long term
commitment to Free 2D prevented us from doing so,
4. I think eventually and quite soon as I can see, we will have to move to
3D. Those industries that are still in 2D are just working too hard. My
introduction to the 3D world began with Pro Engineer back in the 90s when
Computervision was still in business and the likes of Solidworks and Solid
Edge have not appear in the market. Now that my new company has not yet
implemented 3D, I find it a real pain in the neck having to manually draw
every line and edit every related view when a change is required.
5. Trivia: It is interesting that Mr. Staples says that someone used SE to
make quilt patterns. Although Pro Engineer is an MCAD software, I used it to
construct steel structures. Here is the proof; http://tinyurl.com/25n23dm
This International Sports Arena consist of an indoor stadium, an aquatic
centre and a multi-storey car park. What is special about the stadium is the
use of tubular frames to create a column free space. The round tubes, some
sections very thick, intersected each other and we were looking for a
software that could create the flat pattern for those intersections. Sheet
metal software can do this and ProE had a module for it. The other competing
software was Delcam but you had to be skilled at the Unix command prompt in
order to use it. So we settled for ProE. Those days were not like their
Wildfire now. There were no tool buttons and all commands were menu driven.
But it was a step better than working from the command prompt. Something the
younger generation of Engineers will never understand.
Cheers,
TH Lim
Penang, Malaysia

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> Let's get to know each other. Can you introduce yourself and let us
> know:
>
> 1. Using Free 2D since when?
> 2. Doing what with it?
> 3. Moving to 3D ever? If not, why not?
>
> PS> Don't be shy -- we don't care if you use it to design your garage
> cabinets or make quilt patterns (yes, I know of one user doing that!).
> You can use it however you like -- stand up and be counted.
>
> Ok, I'll start --> Dan Staples, Director, Solid Edge Product
> Development
> Been doing the CAD thing for 26 years now. Never gets dull.
>
>
> --
> staples
>
> DAN STAPLES
> Director, Solid Edge Product Development
>
> Siemens PLM Software
> Tel. : (256) 705-2525
> Fax : (256) 705-2690
> dan.staples@siemens.com
> www.siemens.com/plm
> www.solidedge.com
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Re: Introduce Yourself!

Ah Ricky,
Now that we know you are the Product Manager of the Solid Edge Drafting
component, I have a question for you. In order for Free 2D to compete head
on with other 2D packages in the market, it has to be able to create oblique
dimensioning and annotation. When can Free 2D do this? Once you have that,
you will be able to convert more 2D users to Free 2D I am sure.
Best regards,
TH Lim

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> I am Ricky Black.
> I answer most of the question on this news group.
> I am the Product Manager of the Solid Edge Drafting (2D Drafting)
> software.
> I have been in the manufacturing and CAD industry for 30 years.
>

Re: Introduce Yourself!

Hi Mr. Spain,
Did you really create BBS back in 1988? Wow, nice to know you.
Best regards,
Lim

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> My name is Harrison Spain; I manage the systems team in GTAC and created
> the BBS back in 1988 :-).
>
>
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> spain
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> Harrison Spain
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Hi everyone. I'm Christopher Bothma from South Africa.

Started Solid Edge about 2 weeks ago, mainly played around to get to know the software. Before that, I have had no experience in using a CAD software, but having just started my own business in carpentry, I've had customers asking for drawings (I was retrenched from major construction company). A friend recommended eMachineShop for its simplicity and ease, but it is very limited, which caused me to search a free alternative. Solid Edge looks good and the 'menu' appeals to the eye.

I intend to use it for designing cabinets, gazebos and other timber structures, including alterations to homes - for all timber applications.

I do not see the need to move to 3D at the moment. I guess its because I'm new to CAD, but I might consider doing so if there is a demand for it.

Re: Introduce Yourself!

Hello Mr. Bothma,
Welcome to the club. I guess it must be tough to be let off during bad
times. But carpentry is a good trade. Many successful and famous people were
carpenters including, Harrison Ford who made kitchen cabinets for many
luminaries in the movie world before he became famous himself.
I am not familiar with eMachineShop but it looks to me like a part modeler
for ordering machined parts. If you are looking for a 2D CAD software for
drawing presentations, you can't get any better than SE Free 2D. If your
articles are not very complicated, working in the 2D environment would
probably suffice. However, for me, even if the article I am designing is
less than 10 parts, I would want to do it in 3D. The advantages of working
in 3D are many;
1. I won't be drawing, I would be sketching and modeling,
2. The drawing is automatically generated by Solid Edge and every line and
view would be as per standard drawing practice; visible edges are continuous
thick lines and so on,
3. If I need to make a change latter on, I just go back to the model and
everything is automatically updated, including dimension figures,
4. After having worked in the 3D environment, you would be too lazy to work
in 2D,
5. But then, it may not make economic sense for you to move to 3D if you are
starting off as a small business. The full SE software is quite expensive.
But if your business grows to such a stage that you have mass production or
customs jobs overwhelms you then, you may want to look into 3D. Perhaps, SE
may even look at producing a stripped down 3D version for small business
like yours.
Whatever your outcome, I hope you succeed.
Best of luck,
TH Lim
Malaysia

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> Hi everyone. I'm Christopher Bothma from South Africa.
>
> Started Solid Edge about 2 weeks ago, mainly played around to get to
> know the software. Before that, I have had no experience in using a CAD
> software, but having just started my own business in carpentry, I've had
> customers asking for drawings (I was retrenched from major construction
> company). A friend recommended eMachineShop for its simplicity and
> ease, but it is very limited, which caused me to search a free
> alternative. Solid Edge looks good and the 'menu' appeals to the eye.
>
> I intend to use it for designing cabinets, gazebos and other timber
> structures, including alterations to homes - for all timber
> applications.
>
> I do not see the need to move to 3D at the moment. I guess its because
> I'm new to CAD, but I might consider doing so if there is a demand for
> it.
>
>
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Re: Introduce Yourself!

My name is Norbert, I live and work in South Africa.
I came accross SE 2D when I looked for some software to help me with
sketching a layout plan of our company.
I like to use SE 2D very much but for 3D I really do not have the need.
I just use it now and then, to sketch some parts to be made
up by our Workshop.
I'm glad you maintain the forum of which I get a lot of help.

Re: Introduce Yourself!

I am Travis B.
I am CNC Operator/ Machinist for a company which produces aftermarket chassis components for large trucks.
I also work part-time as jack-of-all-trades for a local nursery/farm.
I have about 1 year equivalant of o.t.j. with Autocad.
I'll be using Free2D for self-education and for some small architectural projects at the farm and my regular job.
My first two projects will be a 25' * 50' * 15' "rowhouse" for the farm and an octagonal one-piece bench with an inner shelf to be built around a Weeping Cherry.