Cad software

 From:  Michael Gibson
2594.6 In reply to 2594.1 
Hi Joao,

> Does anyone knows any cad software able to read some
> interface file made by Moi and to make some plan views
> with dimensions on it?

Pretty much any of the "Parametric Solid Modeling" programs should be able to do this task for you - these are the set of programs like SolidWorks, SolidEdge, Pro/E, Alibre, etc...

Several of these programs can directly read in MoI's main .3dm file format, otherwise they all support IGES format which MoI can export, and also STEP format which MoI v2 can export.

For low cost options, there are a couple of things to try.

One is Alibre Design Xpress, which is the free version of Alibre:

Another is Punch ViaCAD, which is not free, but inexpensive ($99):

Either of those can read in solid model data, produce a hidden-line drawing from it and allow you to dimension the drawing.

There are also some other options like Danny mentioned you could export to SketchUp and use dimensions in there - but that will be working on mesh data and would be more oriented towards doing some architectural things and not really solid modeling things such as radial type dimensions, etc...

Also Rhino can be used for this purpose as well.

I would probably give Alibre Xpress and/or ViaCAD a try first, those should probably work well for generating the 2D plans from a solid part.

- Michael