I just came upon SketchUp Make (the free version) and Pro (the $49 student version). Our team does not currently use CAD, partly because of the technology requirements. We just don’t have PCs available of the calibre required to run Autodesk & Solidworks (you should see what we program on). However, SketchUp runs on a Mac, and that would open up access to all the girls on my team to use the software, and I see also that there are VEX parts in their 3D download library (user-submitted creations, I think).
Does anyone have any feedback on this product? Is it worthwhile to invest the time to give it a go for this next season? I’m pretty sure we would never be designing an entire robot in any program of CAD, but the ability to model sub-systems, or the connection between robot systems, etc. would have come in very handy this last year. Thanks for your feedback!
Leslie, coach, Team 1666