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thank you for the shared experience.
I myself can be regarded a fortunate Polyboard user. As an interesting client, who is motivated strongly to furniture design I’ve arrived to Polyboard. So I’ve been succeed in even just avoiding any comparison to a design software I ever used. I’m afraid, somebody, who does not have a minimum volume of interest in furniture design, should not deal with Polyboard.
Your experience can carry a wisdom for executives. Before deciding to rollout Polyboard usage in his/her organization, it is an important task, a prerequisite to win -in advance- the designer colleagues’ goodwill and interest. As you say, learning a design software needs a fair while, until the pieces are at their place in our head …
The productivity increase is a real experience of mine too! Though it’s a long way until I understand just the bigger part of Polyboard :). But I’m patient and I like learning.
Thanks so much for the encouragement! Best,
I remember when I switched form Rhinoceros (which is a general purpose CAD like AutoCAD) to application specific CAD – Autodesk Revit (building industry people will now shout: “Revit is not CAD, it’s BIM!”, -yes, yes I know! :D) I felt like: “ah… why doesn’t it let me do that? It would be probably faster for me draw that in Rhinoceros!” This was until one day I started to understand why it has those constraints and their logic.
Maybe you won’t experience the same with Polyboard (after all: it’s much simpler software) but be aware that it might feel like you don’t have freedom of AutoCAD and get discouradged, just be patient, once you’ll understand how everything works you’ll see that 10 to 100x productivity gain was worth it and there are always creative ways to work around those constraints.
Thank you for your answer, and the kind guidance. I’ve been member of the Polyboard community since last autumn, and I have the Polyboard free version installed. Also I ran some trials and reviewed a lot of videos. I’ve been fairly impressed by this world, though I can be regarded rather a passion designer. It is clear, that with Polyboard there is no point for the designer to manage two softwares at hand and work with.
The studio pictures are inspiring. I follow your hints.
Thank you, have a nice day!
January 20, 2017
To switch from a CAD software such as autocad or draftsight, you will need a phase of adaptation and configuration of the software,
which can be very fast with a few hours of training on Polyboard, but it is good to have that. Once the migration is done,
it is possible to export without difficulty to your preferred CAD software, even Sketchup in the worst case. But note too that Polyboard is a complete software and much more flexible and intuitive than the usual CAD softwares,
and that you even have the possibility to export in dxf to make the machining by partners,
or / and send the files directly to CNC with a series of post-processors. With the purchase of Polyboard and available Library of models,
hardware and materials for the Polyboard working environment, I have personally made this choice since 2010 with over 120 jobs manufactured and installed.
You can download the Demo version of the software,
and download and install the free libraries called Quick Design from this page to give you an idea
and look here https://wooddesigner.org/suppo…..rd-videos/
I am interested, whether anybody has experience on the how’s in managing a change from AutoCAD to Polyboard based design activity. This knowledge can be useful to a new Polyboard user, who used AutoCAD before. At the change probably it is a question, how (s)he can migrate e.g. her/his schema models, material-, hardware- and other definitions, etc. into the Polyboard working environment. Do we have automations, or we need to invest more or less manual effort to accomplish such migrational task?
An introductory overview would be more than enough to my newbie understanding. Thank you,