Computer programs for gun design?

Discussion in 'DIY Projects' started by Twpbaseball10, Jan 6, 2012.

  1. Twpbaseball10

    Twpbaseball10 New Member

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    Anyone know of computer programs that can be used for gun design?
    It would be cool to play around with it in my opinion. I seen people put of plans for an ar-15 and change it around a little bit for a different style and I thought this would be a lot of fun to do. They were able to hook it up to a cnc machine and actually make it. I would like to have that capability in case I get the chance to be able to make it one day

    I dont know too much about programs that are out there so if any of you know of some good ones let me know. Also what are the prices on them im sure they are expensive.
     
  2. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    Most likely it's going to be AutoCAD or similar. Expensive and highly technical.
     

  3. unclebear

    unclebear New Member

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    There are some different version that cost less but AutoCAD is one of the most used, I didn't really want to spend the money to get it so I got an older version in 2D only. Alibre is like autocad but not autocad if that makes sense, you can actually get AutoCAD free if your a student at a recognized collage.

    But the 2D program that I use is vequick, but if your wanting to be able to plug it into CNC machine and all that jazz AutoCAD is the way you want to go but like said it's freaking expensive!
     
  4. Twpbaseball10

    Twpbaseball10 New Member

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    Im going to have to ask my college if I can get it. I just dont know who to ask
     
  5. TimL2952

    TimL2952 New Member

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    I use my dad's SolidWorks and autoCAD to play around for gun design....measure twice, draw once. Found the blueprints for a winchester 94 online and had my brother feed the program through a CNC machine at trade school. Got me a free replacement trigger :D
     
  6. 1stMarine

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    If you're just kooking for something to play around with different setups for various guns on google "pimp my gun" its actually pretty fun to play around with. Its free and you can save your guns as jpegs on your cpu. Don't click on the site though, click on play, or play old version (the older one has different guns and pistols). They have ars, aks, svds, mk14s, mp5s, etc.

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  7. Twpbaseball10

    Twpbaseball10 New Member

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    How much would one of these programs run me?
     
  8. 1stMarine

    1stMarine New Member

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    Upwards of $100, all the way to a couple thousand for commercial grade.

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  9. Twpbaseball10

    Twpbaseball10 New Member

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    I would like a program where I can upload blueprints and be able to play around with it.. and also feed it through a cnc machine. But im not trying to spend $1,000 on a program
     
  10. rferguson61

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    I have been using AutoCAD for years. Ill tell you first...if you didnt have someone teach you...you will get very frustrated with the program. I would suggest taking an intro to AutoCAD class at your local community college. You could get a student version copy that way (student version has a watermark that prints around the sides that says "Produced using an Autodesk educational product" that cannot be removed.) If you really don't want to take the class and think youll be okay...go to Ebay. You can buy educational versions on there between $5 and $30. If you decide to go that route...before you buy email the seller and ask where the key is good for. The first time I did that I got sent a key fir Albania and I had to find an address online so I clipper use it. If you want to try it before you buy it...Autodesk offers 30 day trials of all their products. Google AutoCAD and download the trial from their site.
     
  11. linuxuser3890

    linuxuser3890 New Member

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    Your schools engineering dept or technology dept would probably have autocad or solidworks on their computers but u would need access and someone to tell you how to use it. For cnc eq you will want to use some sort of CAM software to draw the tool paths and set the speeds and origins. To actually run ur cnc code u will need to get someone to help u. I know all this from experience. :)

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  12. pwlucas

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    You should not being using AutoCAD for this type of stuff. If you want to be doing design, you need to be using a real program. If you do not have access, Alibre is the best bang for the buck. None commercial is around $100 which is very cheap. I use Solidworks and CATIA V5 for design depending on what I am working on. Different programs are easier or better for certain things. If I were you, look into Alibre or Inventor since they are the cheaper alternative. I will list some with difficulty level of learning.

    1. Alibre (easy to learn and can do a lot)
    2. Inventor (easy to learn and decently powerful)
    3. Solidworks (good user interface, powerful for most things except surfacing)
    4. CATIA (difficult to use but very powerful)
    5. Pro-E (difficult to use but powerful)
    6. NX (never used)

    Here is part of the AR15 I am working on using blueprints and dial calipers on my AR15.

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  13. rferguson61

    rferguson61 New Member

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    Excuse me? A REAL program? AutoCAD is the leading and most used software for designing. You can design in 2 and 3D with AutoCAD. ALL .dwg files can be imported into SolidWorks or Inventor (another Autodesk product) in which you can convert to 3D. But if you know what you are doing there is no need. AutoCAD is a fantastic program for doing this.
     
  14. pwlucas

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    Maybe I should have been more specific to 3D design. What industries do complicated design, like firearms, are using AutoCAD? Yes you can do it in AutoCAD, but it isn't the right tool for the job in 3D design.
     
  15. Twpbaseball10

    Twpbaseball10 New Member

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    wow that looks awsome I will look into thoes programs for sure...
    Just to make clear What my intensions are was jusr playing around with it was just adding little things like maybe extending the mag well and opening it up at the bottom. also designing the trigger guard to be milled into the receiver.
    All the major demensions and important things like that I am keeping. Im just trying to add on little things for ergonomics and looks if you see what I mean. I will look into the programs mentioned and go from there