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May 24, 2011



I'd argue that Autodesk is taking on Alibre, MCAD software vs MCAD software.


Yeah, but when I search Google's warehouse for DB25, I only get 2 results: 1 DB25F wiremount, 1 DB25M wiremount. I need DB25F right angle through hole with the correct profile (not all DB25 PCB connectors have the same footprint).

So until SketchUp gets free STEP and IGES import, I think software such as 123D is a better match for building (oops, making) electrical stuff.

BTW, I like the "maker" label about as well as "Mechatronics" and "xxxx 2.0" -- in other words, not at all.

Kevin Quigley

I'd argue Autodesk and the rest have zero chance against SketchUp for the hobby market and some of the pro market. Why? SketchUp is very easy to use, is free, has a very active plug in community (everything from rendering to costing), and of course 3D Warehouse. But the biggest reason is Google and all the leverage that brings.

To be honest it doesn't surprise me that industry pundits have next to no knowledge on SketchUp. I don't think Google funds too many press trips, and there is an overriding snobbery in the MCAD (and to be frank in some of the AEC) community towards the product.

But those of use who do use it love it.

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