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Fairly Simply and Lots of Fun

I haven't done much in 3D CAD style work in a long time so I wasn't sure how well it would all go. Without watching any tutorials and just basically playing with the software, I was able to design something I'd been working on and it looks really good overall, especially for a first attempt.

The only issue I've faced so far is the textured render doesn't seem to work, at least not on my computer (M1 Mac) the program launches but nothing happens and the website keeps telling me to launch the desktop app. This could be user error but its the only issue I've come across so far.

Aside from that it's been great so far and lots of fun, looking forward to seeing how it all comes together once I follow some of the tutorials and learn the in's and out's to make the most of the program.

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Hello,

Thanks for the honest feedback. One of our developers just tested on an M1 Mac and did not find any issues.

I’m assuming you are using the online app and In that case, you will need to download the standalone rendering app and open that app in the background, whenever using the rendering engine. The rendering tool will prompt you to do the same and will start working after opening the app.

If you opened the app and still have issues please send us the log files. As described in https://www.selfcad.com/faq/troubleshooting#how-to-get-the-rendering-log-for-troubleshooting

Best,

Aaron

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Phenomenal Deal

I didn't know anything about CAD and just bought my first 3d printer. I've spent quite a number of hours over the last weeks evaluating CAD software, and I bought the 50-license version of SelfCAD to check it out.

I have worked with SelfCAD, Alibre, OpenSCAD, CADQuery, CascadeStudio, and OnShape (recommended by Teaching Tech YouTuber). I have seen countless videos of other software.

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TL;DR: SelfCAD is a GREAT program, phenomenally executed, and my first choice IF you have users with no interest in either PARAMETRIC or "Code CAD" modeling. For example, my kids will be using SelfCAD when they are old enough.

It includes a really well-thought-out mix of a "bit of everything", much more powerful than TinkerCAD, a good slicer (for 3d printing and mesh editing), and Blender-type features (surface modeling and painting, shading,etc) (Blender is free but has a steep learning curve, whereas SelfCAD is really easy to learn).

It's the ONLY program you will need for being able to do a LOT of things.

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I, however, am learning FreeCAD because it has parametric modeling and "code cad".

Parametric is where you define (typically a 2D sketch) with "constraints", so that you can later change a number (parameter) and even complex follow-up operations update accordingly.

"Code CAD' is where you can define shapes and objects using computer code. It allows one to create the basic designs much more quickly, as well as do fancy things not included in the default program (such as adding custom mathematical patterns).

It's also not that hard to learn, just takes more time. Highly recommend YouTuber's MangoJelly and Joko Engineering.

Other thoughts:

* Teaching Tech YouTuber is a phenomenal learning resource for 3d printing. He just started a series about OnShape. It's great, except it's really expensive, and the free version is full-featured but your designs can only be public. That was a deal-breaker for me, along with the fact that they could turn around and do a Fusion 360 (start out w/free full-featured, then take away features later on in a money grab).

* Joko Engineering YouTuber is another great teacher. He loves FreeCAD, but also argues that ALIBRE is a good CAD program buy for certain things. But it is $200-$1200. Worth checking out his viewpoint if you want "professional" software in addition to FreeCAD.

* Keep an eye out on PLASTICITY (GitHub - nkallen/plasticity). It's only in beta, but will be only like $50. It could be the bomb. But it's a one-man show. Who knows what will actually happen. SelfCAD seems to be a great COMPANY, with lots more resources and responsiveness, and it's finished proven software.

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Hi,

Thanks for your feedback and for taking the time to share your helpful tips with others.

It looks like you did your research correctly and by now you have a good understanding of what we do and how it compares to others.

Parametric modeling is something we plan to add in the future and for code-based modeling, you may also want to take a look at https://cadcod.com

Best,

Aaron

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Look forward to parametric modeling on SelfCAD!

And thank you for the cadcod link. Amazing... I've looked at soooo many different CAD programs, reviews, etc, and never heard of cadcod. The website is a bit weird -- it seems it's in stealth mode or something ... "just call us". Very very interesting though. Thanks!

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Maybe not

Right off the bat it won't import stl files into the workspace. It's supposedly built for it. Already looking at a refund and I haven't even owned it for an hour.

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When it comes to issues with import, the most likely answer is that the file is broken.

Send the file in question to support@selfcad.com for review, and we'll see what's wrong.

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Anything 3D / CAD related is complex by it's very nature.

Issues are going to come up until you get comfortable using any app.

That is why I chose Selfcad as it is a mature product with a solid company behind it. That way I can be pretty sure that any issues I come across are my own fault and not the app.

Good luck and hope you get into CAD and enjoy it has huge potential!

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Nice onboarding

I like the interactive tutorials guiding me to the features of SelfCad. Looks very promising!

Hide replies 1
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I'm glad you like them!

I can tell you that Tutorials are not the only resource for learning 3D modeling that we want to offer our users. We're working on a 3D modeling 101 series right now for a more comprehensive guide for beginners.

Follow us on SM to get the latest updates!

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If you do any 3D product iteration or 3D printing - get this!

As an creative (+ 20 years in Advertising, Brand dev., Design Graphic & Product) - I have done plenty of sketching out product ideas.

- over the years I have bought several 'entry level' or "basic editions" 3D & CAD programs, and have started to do my own product, aiming for creating both visual renders & 3d print stl's. Have also started using both Fusion 360 as well as Blender (last one, to also do sceneries for my graphic novels, animations etc.)

BUT !! -> Always found the software to be much to complex/ capable to do just fast ideations of (minimalist/ design products).

So I had been looking around for a 3D / Cad software that would enable me to go from

idea to CNC'able or 3D printable products. So it needed to be both high end w. proff. features, but easy/ simple to use. - Seemed like an impossibility...

Then I saw SelfCad here on AppSumo, and thought that, thou it seemed attractive, it was properly "to light weight" for real use...

So I actually dived in, and went trough all information on their site, several you tube vids. and then came back here, to go trough it once more. - But halfway in - I simply clicked buy. As I realized that it met all my criteria.

- I see that with SelfCad, I can do fast 3D models, renders & Prints. Create Visuals, Animations and more. But most impotent - I can do it all fast, so I actually stay in "flow" making every design / job, fun and a breeze. So now I will get things done, even the fast idea, that ended up dying before getting done, as from idea to finished 3D model was to painfully long & slow.

So this so much value!

- You properly should have some basic understanding of 3D, to move at lightning speed, but even if you don't, they got several really good videos of how to's.

For this price, just get it.

- If for nothing else, even if you have not thought about 3D, 3D renders & prints etc. - As the world becomes more about AR & VR. - If you do anything online, you will soon find that 3D is about to become the new standard in all from ads to brand imagery etc. like Video did.

So get out in front, you wont regret it!

Hide replies 1
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Thank you so much for your very generous and detailed review!

We're super glad that SelfCAD helps you stay in the zone and work faster.

If you have any dream projects, just shoot an email to support@selfcad.com with the details and reference images and our team will be more than happy to help. :)

user-avatar

Fairly Simply and Lots of Fun

I haven't done much in 3D CAD style work in a long time so I wasn't sure how well it would all go. Without watching any tutorials and just basically playing with the software, I was able to design something I'd been working on and it looks really good overall, especially for a first attempt.

The only issue I've faced so far is the textured render doesn't seem to work, at least not on my computer (M1 Mac) the program launches but nothing happens and the website keeps telling me to launch the desktop app. This could be user error but its the only issue I've come across so far.

Aside from that it's been great so far and lots of fun, looking forward to seeing how it all comes together once I follow some of the tutorials and learn the in's and out's to make the most of the program.

Hide replies 1
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Hello,

Thanks for the honest feedback. One of our developers just tested on an M1 Mac and did not find any issues.

I’m assuming you are using the online app and In that case, you will need to download the standalone rendering app and open that app in the background, whenever using the rendering engine. The rendering tool will prompt you to do the same and will start working after opening the app.

If you opened the app and still have issues please send us the log files. As described in https://www.selfcad.com/faq/troubleshooting#how-to-get-the-rendering-log-for-troubleshooting

Best,

Aaron

user-avatar

Phenomenal Deal

I didn't know anything about CAD and just bought my first 3d printer. I've spent quite a number of hours over the last weeks evaluating CAD software, and I bought the 50-license version of SelfCAD to check it out.

I have worked with SelfCAD, Alibre, OpenSCAD, CADQuery, CascadeStudio, and OnShape (recommended by Teaching Tech YouTuber). I have seen countless videos of other software.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

TL;DR: SelfCAD is a GREAT program, phenomenally executed, and my first choice IF you have users with no interest in either PARAMETRIC or "Code CAD" modeling. For example, my kids will be using SelfCAD when they are old enough.

It includes a really well-thought-out mix of a "bit of everything", much more powerful than TinkerCAD, a good slicer (for 3d printing and mesh editing), and Blender-type features (surface modeling and painting, shading,etc) (Blender is free but has a steep learning curve, whereas SelfCAD is really easy to learn).

It's the ONLY program you will need for being able to do a LOT of things.

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

I, however, am learning FreeCAD because it has parametric modeling and "code cad".

Parametric is where you define (typically a 2D sketch) with "constraints", so that you can later change a number (parameter) and even complex follow-up operations update accordingly.

"Code CAD' is where you can define shapes and objects using computer code. It allows one to create the basic designs much more quickly, as well as do fancy things not included in the default program (such as adding custom mathematical patterns).

It's also not that hard to learn, just takes more time. Highly recommend YouTuber's MangoJelly and Joko Engineering.

Other thoughts:

* Teaching Tech YouTuber is a phenomenal learning resource for 3d printing. He just started a series about OnShape. It's great, except it's really expensive, and the free version is full-featured but your designs can only be public. That was a deal-breaker for me, along with the fact that they could turn around and do a Fusion 360 (start out w/free full-featured, then take away features later on in a money grab).

* Joko Engineering YouTuber is another great teacher. He loves FreeCAD, but also argues that ALIBRE is a good CAD program buy for certain things. But it is $200-$1200. Worth checking out his viewpoint if you want "professional" software in addition to FreeCAD.

* Keep an eye out on PLASTICITY (GitHub - nkallen/plasticity). It's only in beta, but will be only like $50. It could be the bomb. But it's a one-man show. Who knows what will actually happen. SelfCAD seems to be a great COMPANY, with lots more resources and responsiveness, and it's finished proven software.

Hide replies 2
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Hi,

Thanks for your feedback and for taking the time to share your helpful tips with others.

It looks like you did your research correctly and by now you have a good understanding of what we do and how it compares to others.

Parametric modeling is something we plan to add in the future and for code-based modeling, you may also want to take a look at https://cadcod.com

Best,

Aaron

user-avatar

Look forward to parametric modeling on SelfCAD!

And thank you for the cadcod link. Amazing... I've looked at soooo many different CAD programs, reviews, etc, and never heard of cadcod. The website is a bit weird -- it seems it's in stealth mode or something ... "just call us". Very very interesting though. Thanks!

user-avatar

Maybe not

Right off the bat it won't import stl files into the workspace. It's supposedly built for it. Already looking at a refund and I haven't even owned it for an hour.

Hide replies 2
user-avatar

When it comes to issues with import, the most likely answer is that the file is broken.

Send the file in question to support@selfcad.com for review, and we'll see what's wrong.

user-avatar

Anything 3D / CAD related is complex by it's very nature.

Issues are going to come up until you get comfortable using any app.

That is why I chose Selfcad as it is a mature product with a solid company behind it. That way I can be pretty sure that any issues I come across are my own fault and not the app.

Good luck and hope you get into CAD and enjoy it has huge potential!

user-avatar

Nice onboarding

I like the interactive tutorials guiding me to the features of SelfCad. Looks very promising!

Hide replies 1
user-avatar

I'm glad you like them!

I can tell you that Tutorials are not the only resource for learning 3D modeling that we want to offer our users. We're working on a 3D modeling 101 series right now for a more comprehensive guide for beginners.

Follow us on SM to get the latest updates!

user-avatar

If you do any 3D product iteration or 3D printing - get this!

As an creative (+ 20 years in Advertising, Brand dev., Design Graphic & Product) - I have done plenty of sketching out product ideas.

- over the years I have bought several 'entry level' or "basic editions" 3D & CAD programs, and have started to do my own product, aiming for creating both visual renders & 3d print stl's. Have also started using both Fusion 360 as well as Blender (last one, to also do sceneries for my graphic novels, animations etc.)

BUT !! -> Always found the software to be much to complex/ capable to do just fast ideations of (minimalist/ design products).

So I had been looking around for a 3D / Cad software that would enable me to go from

idea to CNC'able or 3D printable products. So it needed to be both high end w. proff. features, but easy/ simple to use. - Seemed like an impossibility...

Then I saw SelfCad here on AppSumo, and thought that, thou it seemed attractive, it was properly "to light weight" for real use...

So I actually dived in, and went trough all information on their site, several you tube vids. and then came back here, to go trough it once more. - But halfway in - I simply clicked buy. As I realized that it met all my criteria.

- I see that with SelfCad, I can do fast 3D models, renders & Prints. Create Visuals, Animations and more. But most impotent - I can do it all fast, so I actually stay in "flow" making every design / job, fun and a breeze. So now I will get things done, even the fast idea, that ended up dying before getting done, as from idea to finished 3D model was to painfully long & slow.

So this so much value!

- You properly should have some basic understanding of 3D, to move at lightning speed, but even if you don't, they got several really good videos of how to's.

For this price, just get it.

- If for nothing else, even if you have not thought about 3D, 3D renders & prints etc. - As the world becomes more about AR & VR. - If you do anything online, you will soon find that 3D is about to become the new standard in all from ads to brand imagery etc. like Video did.

So get out in front, you wont regret it!

Hide replies 1
user-avatar

Thank you so much for your very generous and detailed review!

We're super glad that SelfCAD helps you stay in the zone and work faster.

If you have any dream projects, just shoot an email to support@selfcad.com with the details and reference images and our team will be more than happy to help. :)