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« on: July 21, 2012, 08:50 AM »

Until recently, it has been about 10 years since I have played around with any type of CAD program. I have re-familiarized myself with CAD and have been thinking about designing my own kites. The major issue I am having is not the drawing, but getting the drawing onto a PDF style image for printing like most of the free plans that are floating around. I do not have a plotter, but there are a few places that I could use to get them printed.

I am currently using the free versions of Doublecad XT, Draftsight, and Google Sketchup.

Anyone have any ideas, thanks for your help in advance.

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« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2012, 11:19 AM »

I use autocad to design my own kites, in this program in the print options there is an option that sounds "DWG to PDF.pc3" it's a virtual printer which allows to save in pdf.
But you could print also directly from CAD files, at least that is possible with Autocad.

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« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2012, 12:04 PM »

I think I have figured it out--go figure. I mainly use DoubleCAD for the drawing, and have spent very little time with the Draftsight. Draftsight has an export to PDF feature like autocad and appears to be doing what I want it to do.

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« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2012, 11:04 PM »

Talk to some of the places where you would have it printed- they'd be able to give you advice on which file formats work best with their software & equipment.  PDFs are awesome,  but present their own set of problems from time to time.


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« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2012, 05:31 AM »

I've found plotting from the CAD program to pdf to work very well when printing from a plotter at a place like staples. Theoretically they can print other file types, but the people running generally get confused by anything more complicated.

I use draftsight for drafting my kites. For 3D renderings I use google sketchup. Through school I've been able to use autocad quite a bit and it is a much better tool than draftsight, but the cost and system requirements make it impractical most of the time. The two are very similar in how they work.
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