I am looking at a budget 3D cad software which will allow the finished file to be saved or converted to a STL file for a prototype model.
I need to redraw a bottle from the original pdf. Following that, I will need to modify some dimensions and features of the container. The finished file to be provided to a RP company who can then produce a model using Stereolithography.
Ideally, the cad software should be able to....
Measure its own lines
Extend a line and redraw (e.g. line is 80mm......click on it and tell it to change to 100mm)
Draw radii based upon 2 positions and radius
Solid view and rotate etc.
work out the volume of the item (e.g. a 10cm * 10cm *10cm cube should be 1000cm3)
The RP company will charge around Â£500 just to do the cad work, so the more I can do, the better.
Please note, the last cad program I worked with was Autocad 2d (way before 2.5d or 3d was invented!!),
Would Turbocad Deluxe cover my needs, and then use something like meshlab to convert to STL ??