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 Post subject: RE CAD Drawings
Posted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 10:40 pm 
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Has anyone got any accurate CAD drawings DXF files or DWF format of Ford Cars.

I wanted to render my own design mods so I could see ehat they would look like at design stage, rather than trial and error manufacturing.

I have a very sophisticated CAD program called SolidWorks that will let me render wireframe drawings in 3D.

My most Fav cars are XC Coupe Hard Top and 70's series GTHO etc.
I would also love to have a Ford 1995 Sedan, as that is what I have.
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 Post subject: Re: RE CAD Drawings
Posted: Tue Mar 27, 2012 8:51 am 
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In short, the answer is likely no.

however, there was a guy on one of the coupe forums that made a 'Falcon Configurator' built around the XB Coupe.

It was built using Google Sketchup, and could be a good source to work from.

His alias was Rogue, you can see some of his stuff on the Google 3d warehouse.

I've seen a few renders done of EF Falcon's, including some i did myself.
However, All the ones i've seen were done using reference photos, not any proper blueprints.
This may be of interest too:
http://www.boostedfalcon.net/FalconBuilder/

 

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 Post subject: Re: RE CAD Drawings
Posted: Tue Mar 27, 2012 10:20 pm 
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good luck to you finding some factory files like that. CAD is like gold, you NEVER hand it out. Only way you'd get that info is if you worked there & took it home. I know this as I've worked in the industry & its company policy.

What your after will be stp or iges files too. dwg's etc are acad files & as we all know, acad sucks balls.

Re solidworks, its ok but ProE & UniGraphix are the upper end of the CAD world too

 

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 Post subject: Re: RE CAD Drawings
Posted: Tue Mar 27, 2012 10:42 pm 
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has been done i found the guy who did these sent him a few emails but he never replied.

i would pay for the files so i can convert them for rfactor

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 Post subject: Re: RE CAD Drawings
Posted: Tue Mar 27, 2012 10:44 pm 
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lol just realised they are your drawings hahah
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 Post subject: Re: RE CAD Drawings
Posted: Wed Mar 28, 2012 12:00 am 
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fiftyone wrote:
good luck to you finding some factory files like that. CAD is like gold, you NEVER hand it out. Only way you'd get that info is if you worked there & took it home. I know this as I've worked in the industry & its company policy.

What your after will be stp or iges files too. dwg's etc are acad files & as we all know, acad sucks balls.

Re solidworks, its ok but ProE & UniGraphix are the upper end of the CAD world too



Solidworks will let me articulate steering and suspension assemblies.

That is why I am using that.

The steering arms and all the other parts I can get drawings for but not the body or the doors.
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Posted: Wed Mar 28, 2012 1:30 am 
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thought id share this site. http://www.3dcadbrowser.com/preview.asp ... code=42522

i have worked out how to get the 3d wireframe.
i will share it when i have tested it
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Posted: Wed Mar 28, 2012 1:34 am 
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I have the basic trinity of cad packages at my disposal. Inventor, Pro E (these days theybcall it creo elements), and Solidworks. The easiest to learn is solidworks, its the best compromise between capabillity and ease of use. Pro E is more capable but a pain in the a*** to self teach. Inventor is, well um, Inventor. Its a good conceptual package but it lacks some serious detail. Having said that I've seen what an experienced draftsman can do with it and it blew my mind away.

I've also tried Rhino3d but gave up fairly quickly. Would love a copy of Catia just to see What top shelf drafting software is all about.
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Posted: Wed Mar 28, 2012 8:42 am 
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wtbdlltd wrote:
lol just realised they are your drawings hahah


Yeah they're my ones.
Never received emails about them though?

 

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 Post subject: Re: RE CAD Drawings
Posted: Wed Mar 28, 2012 9:25 am 
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sent you pm's on boostedfalcon.com and this forum, awell no biggie
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 Post subject: Re: RE CAD Drawings
Posted: Wed Mar 28, 2012 10:19 am 
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xcabbi wrote:
I have the basic trinity of cad packages at my disposal. Inventor, Pro E (these days theybcall it creo elements), and Solidworks. The easiest to learn is solidworks, its the best compromise between capabillity and ease of use. Pro E is more capable but a pain in the a*** to self teach. Inventor is, well um, Inventor. Its a good conceptual package but it lacks some serious detail. Having said that I've seen what an experienced draftsman can do with it and it blew my mind away.

I've also tried Rhino3d but gave up fairly quickly. Would love a copy of Catia just to see What top shelf drafting software is all about.

We use Inventor Simulation Suite at work and it is quite powerful, in a simple way. Stress simulation for example is basic, but it works very well. Dynamic simulation is great when you can get it to work. We don't have a need to use it at work so I haven't practised on it much.

The last time I used Catia was at Uni about 6 years ago. I think it was V5. This was around the time that Dassault Systemes took over Catia. I remember the update to Solidworks included some interface items from Catia, but we didn't get the update to Catia before I finished so I don't know how it changed, if at all.
Catia wasn't that hard to use as a drawing package, but some of it's extra features required some training. If you've used any of those other packages (inventor, solidworks, etc) a couple of weeks will have you 90% up to speed on any other software.

My most invaluable tool at work though, is my 3dconnexion SpaceExplorer
http://www.3dconnexion.com/products/spaceexplorer.html
So hard to draw at home without one of these now.

 

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 Post subject: Re: RE CAD Drawings
Posted: Wed Mar 28, 2012 2:31 pm 
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solidworks is alright, it's better than turbocad lol. I believe dxf files are only 2d anyway the basic solidworks 3d is step4 ? Seems to be my biggest problem with my limited cad skills is integrating between platforms, this becomes extremely frustrating when trying to deal with different vendors for laser/water/flame cuttings & machining (cad/cam integration without paying for programing)

I was going to add earlier, that even if they did exist, the possibility of sharing would be slim lol. Full credit to your work though sir I'm absolutely impressed.

Would it be possible to run a measuring arm over a model to get a starting point, then adjust things to suit ?

 

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 Post subject: Re: RE CAD Drawings
Posted: Wed Mar 28, 2012 10:47 pm 
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How to draw a car.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2QxSsAHcAQ

This is what I had in mind but with the suspension and steering.

I would make an exact wireframe of my car. It would take a lot of accurate measurements of the panels and body.
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 Post subject: Re: RE CAD Drawings
Posted: Thu Apr 05, 2012 12:22 am 
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I could use some 2d dxf files that I can convert to 3d cad
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 Post subject: Re: RE CAD Drawings
Posted: Mon Aug 06, 2012 12:00 am 
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There's software available called image to cad. http://www.img2cad.com/
Its exactly as the name suggests. It will convert jpgs etc into 2d data which can be used as a basic template on a separate layer as a guide for drawing lines and arcs. I've used it before but the reason I say use it as a guide is because it outputs as splines and can be quite rough. If you try using these further as construction for 3d solids and sheets they can have ripples etc and don't turn out as smooth.
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