Originally Posted by pop
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I don't now of anyone using these commercially.
it should be Know
Do people really pay 5 grand to draw a picture ?
not used the free version. the full price version (about £1k) is not as good as the £5k competitors. you get what you pay for.
my company did pay over £5k for this software (for one user!) but you need to appreciate that as samt points out this is serious design software not just a "drawing package". we can create numerous virtual prototypes to compare design concepts, check assemblies, and even create and test mould tooling form one package. to us the "rendering functions" are actually just a nice to have add on.
we design a component and then can send the drawings to virtually anyone in the world, and have it machined, have a 3d stereolithographic prototype made or a mould tool created for the part. Since mould tools cost thousands (or in some cases tens of thousands) each - it is important to get it right first time - hence the high value of the software.
whilst samt says it can't make a rib - this sort of software almost certainly will be used to make many of the components that form the rib - e.g. the hull mould (unless it is a splash!). I'm not sure what the preferred software is for hull design as presumably it will allow hydrodynamic calculations. The limitation what can be built is the machine shop or manufacturer rather than the software.
so if you think 5k is outrageous - you almost certainly don't need the software!