R: CAD files for the case of the Neo will be made available

Michele Manzato michele.manzato at verona.miz.it
Fri Jan 18 10:47:43 CET 2008

Having used it for some time, my impression is that Blender is a 3d modeler
which is very much focussed on rendering, while other aspects of 3d design
are weak (e.g. keeping control over measurement - no quotation lines).

The user interface is unconventional, it is based on a coordinated use of
keyboard + mouse takes some time to get used to - actually, I was never able
to master it properly.

If one wants to do serious CAM then one is better off with something else.
Or perhaps export from blender e.g. to autocad. But it is perfectly ok to
test conceptual designs.

Just my twopence.

> -----Messaggio originale-----
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> Michael Shiloh
> Inviato: lunedì 14 gennaio 2008 20.59
> A: List for OpenMoko community discussion
> Oggetto: Re: CAD files for the case of the Neo will be made available
> Shawn Rutledge wrote:
> > On Jan 14, 2008 11:14 AM, Jeremiah Flerchinger 
> > <jeremiah.flerchinger at gmail.com> wrote:
> >> Yes, you did say they were going to try and make CAD files 
> available.
> >> I'm happy to hear further confirmation back so soon.  Hopefully it 
> >> won't take too much longer to get the files.  DXF files 
> should also be fine.
> >> I know of several free editors that can import these 
> natively or with 
> >> a plugin (although not all of them export dxf files).
> > 
> > What is your favorite Linux CAD tool for actual 3D work?
> This would be excellent information to add to the wiki.
> I am not a CAD designer, but I work with many designers and 
> machinists. 
> Of course none of them are Linux users.
> I did a little research and found many commercial products 
> for Linux. I presume we are more interested in FOSS CAD tools.
> The one that stood out to me was Blender. It's designed for 
> much more, but 3D CAD is a solid part of its job.
> My girlfriend is a product designer. I gave her a Linux 
> computer with Blender installed in the hopes that she will 
> figure out how to use Blender and then teach me. Her initial 
> impression was that Blender is excellent for this kind of work.
> Michael
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