3D CAD for Macintosh

Discussion in 'Software and Applications' started by Turbo3d, Sep 2, 2008.

  1. Turbo3d
    Turbo3d New Member
    For those who work on Mac, I have found a very powerfull 2D/3D program :
    Turbo3d . Visit the download page
    Dont worry if it is a french page, the software perfectly works in English.
    If you work on an Intel mac , download the Universal version. The other version if dedicated to G5 machines.
    The program imports a lot of 3D formats ( OBJ included) and has an STL export for stereolithography. This is what we need , isnt'it ?
  2. bartv
    bartv New Member
    Sounds good, but be aware that the licenses are quite expensive:




    PS: Turbo3D, are you the creator of this application?
  3. Turbo3d
    Turbo3d New Member
    Really ?
    That's quite a subjective matter ! :

    AutoCAD 2008 : 4775 ¤
    AutoCAD LT 2008 : 1200 ¤
    Autodesk Inventor Suite 2008 : 6200 ¤
    Autodesk Inventor Routed Systems Suite 2008: 7725 ¤
    Autodesk Inventor Simulation Suite 2008: 7725 ¤
    Autodesk Inventor Professional 2008: 9300 ¤
    AutoCAD Mechanical 2008: 5275 ¤
    AutoCAD Electrical 2008: 5850 ¤
    Autodesk® Revit® Building 9 (1 Yr Sub) 6200 ¤
    Autodesk® AutoCAD® Revit® Series 9 (1 Yr Sub) 6645 ¤
    Autodesk® Architectural Desktop 2007 (1 Yr Sub) 6000 ¤

    Turbo3D PRO 2800 ¤
    Turbo3D PLUS 2050 ¤
  4. fx
    fx Well-Known Member
    Fortunately, they all works on Mac ! :laughing:
    I could add to your list:
    TurboCAD MAC 2D/3D PRO NIB:~$50 on Ebay
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2008
  5. Turbo3d
    Turbo3d New Member
    ... the Lego Toys, Lego Technics, Toolo, Duplo... are all designed with Turbo 3D ...
    ... the greening of the White House have been done with Turbo3D...
    ... the Yerba Buana gardens and the Mosconi Center in SF have been designed with Turbo3D...
    ...Many parts of the CERN LHC have been designed with Turbo3D....
    ... and so many others...

    So, for sure we are not playing in the same sports ground... :laughing:

    Turbo3D is a professional software.
  6. willc2
    willc2 New Member
    I have found Punch viaCAD 2D/3D to be a good program.

    It's a Solid modeler so it does rounding, shelling and saves .STL

    In my opinion, it's better for more CAD-type modeling; jewelry, mechanical parts, molds, etc...

    It costs $100. There are several more powerful versions you can upgrade to for more features.

    Mac OS X (PPC & Intel) and Windows (XP & Vista) compatible.

    Product page here:

    Discussion Forums here:

    Last edited: Nov 2, 2008
  7. pete
    pete Shapeways Employee CEO & Co-Founder
    Hi Willc2,

    thanks for pointing that one out. Until know I never heard about Punch. Would you be interested to make a tutorial for us?

    Some text and pics showing how to make a cube and exporting in in STL? We can include it in the tutorial section, perhaps that could help others.

  8. willc2
    willc2 New Member
    How do I format and submit a tutorial?
  9. rawkstar320
    rawkstar320 New Member
    I tried out VIA CAD. I guess it was neat. I wanted to try TurboCAD, but the demo wouldnt download. And i just tried using blender.

    Anyone know how to get the middle mouse button to work with these programs? haha.

    Naturally, its set up to automatically bring up the dashboard. Ive tried messing with the system preferences, but that does do what i want it to do.

    But yeah, I thought VIA CAD was cool and TurboCAD looked cool...lots more expensive....

    it REALLY sucks being so used to using high end stuff like SolidWORKS and SolidEDGE that we use here at school haha.

    whatever, i guess thats the difference between $10,000 and $100 software. haha
  10. frankbuss
    frankbuss New Member
    I like ViaCAD, too. Maybe not as much features as in the more expensive programs, but very good and clean user interface and snap ideas. I've never used it before and I'm a beginner in 3D design, but I was able to learn it and to create this model in one day (but I know the Adobe Flash authoring tool and some things are familiar).