I use TurboCAD V3 for generating laser cutting files, here is an example of the kind of things I make.
2001: Space Station V Project
This drawing was created over a three days by screen grabbing images and importing into a file, tracing and relatively sizing the basic structure. Obviously there was many months of research as no plans exist and very few reference photographs.
Exporting layers as .DXF files to import into the lasercut software is pretty easy with a little tweaking I have started to make this model. It's 32" in diameter
Once the parts were cut and assembled they form a complete ring - no glue as yet but self supporting.
The acrylic tubing used for the spoke arrangement needs to be cut to size and a second ring of frames made to model the incomplete still work in progress ring as in this image.
Accuracy of drawing and cutting are the key. TurboCAD is perfect for this task and very well suited to using with my Laser system. I am planning to make many more models from Classic Sci-Fi and TV series. This model will be available as a kit eventually and this prototype model has been well received by my website members. I am planning to render this in 3D when I learn more about TurboCAD and it's capabilities as this is my first venture into any CAD software as such. The learning curve is very steep but as you can see well worth the effort. This model would have been very difficult to make any other way.
Please feel free to ask any questions (my contact details are below) or visit my website. I have many more projects that I can publish here if people are interested.
Bernard Walsh - Custom Product Engineering (CPE)
1, Coln Square, Thornbury, Bristol, South Glos, BS35 2DA
Tel: 07525 021 email@example.com
Laser cutting, Vacuum Forming, CAD Design, Prototyping, Light Engineering, Industrial Model Making