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Old 19th February 2009, 23:01   #46
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First & foremost on my list is a good 3D package. I was looking at SolidWorks Standard edition & was informed by the reseller in Chennai that the list price for the package is $7,500 USD. A discount of 40% to 45% was mentioned but even with such a heavy discount the price works out to ~2.25L !?! What alternatives to SolidWorks exist, are the freeware, open-source, shareware 3D packages any good ?
Try CoCreate Personal Edition from PTC software. Freeware, but limits the number of components to 60. You may also try Alibre Design Express or Delcam Powershape.
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Thanx for the valuable suggestions. was in search of something like that for long. Keep it up
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Old 22nd February 2009, 17:25   #48
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srini - for 3D software, have a look at blender.org.
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how much does a hot air gun cost, recommended brands etc. wanted one to try to dismantle my headlamps!
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What do you mean by "any power socket tool"? Something that takes power from a 'Power Socket' (15A socket) or an Inverter fed from batteries?
Yes DerAlte something like inverter that can power soldering iron etc. Any idea where i can get it and cost involved ?
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Sorry I entered late. What does DIY mean?
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Sorry I entered late. What does DIY mean?
DIY means Do It Yourself
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I'm looking for a staple-gun. Any idea where i could find one ?
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Did you try eBay India - Online Shopping Mall: Free Auctions, Shop/Buy/Sell Mobiles, Cameras, Apparel, Computers, Bollywood Clothes & Indian Products ?
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Try CoCreate Personal Edition from PTC software. Freeware, but limits the number of components to 60. You may also try Alibre Design Express or Delcam Powershape.
Hi GopalNayak, thanks a bunch PTC's ProE has a student-edition-for-personal-use (i.e. non-commercial) at $300 USD - definitely within my hobbyist budget. Will look at your other recommendations too, but unless they offer something dramatically different, at around the same price, I think I'll go with ProE. Thanks once again...

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srini - for 3D software, have a look at blender.org.
Hi BaCkSeAtDrIVer, I looked at blender & while it appears great for 3D modeling & stuff, is it suited for 3D CAD also ?

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Hi BaCkSeAtDrIVer, I looked at blender & while it appears great for 3D modeling & stuff, is it suited for 3D CAD also ?

CAD? No. Last time I looked at it, it does not do CAD.

AFAICT, no 3D CAD tool is available under a GPL / copyleft license. I am afraid that is the sole weakness of GNU/Linux.

I sorry I forgot to mention it in the last post. 2 year olds can be more pesky than ones' b[e|i]tter halves when it comes to interrupting a reading fo tbhp.

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how much does a hot air gun cost, recommended brands etc. wanted one to try to dismantle my headlamps!
Good ones (so called branded ones) cost around 1000+ Rupees. I bought a chinese (or is that Taiwan?) branded one for Rs. 300 at SP road Bangalore. I felt, it is good enough for DIY jobs. That is a 1000/1500 watts power rated.
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how much dose a jig saw cost? can it be used for cutting neat straight lines? which is recommended brand and how much will it cost?
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how much dose a jig saw cost? can it be used for cutting neat straight lines? which is recommended brand and how much will it cost?
On ebay dot in there are some for Rs.1750.00
Not sure of teh brand, but now we have some price point.
Cutting straight lines is more of the user in this case.

For straight lines i guess those rotory saw ones are easy. (seen with brands - bosch or electrex )
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I think Gigy is right --- straight lines are up to the user rather than the saw. Of course, a bench with a guide helps. You can make this for yourself by clamping a piece of wood to the sheet you are cutting.
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