OT: CAD/whatever for...?

Discussion in 'PC Technical Talk' started by Robin Faichney, Jun 17, 2012.

  1. Seriously off-topic but worth a try...

    I need to work out whether a certain crate can be moved through a
    certain sequence of doors and corridors, without having access to the
    crate, though I do to the place concerned (I live in it). I have all
    the dimensions, of course.

    I've been thinking in terms of making a mockup of the crate, but
    before I got around to it, it occurred to me there might be some free
    or cheap CAD prog that would do the job without too steep a learning
    curve. 2D is fine. Any ideas? Or would it be easier to knockup the
    mockup?

    Wait -- why don't I just draw it on paper to scale, cut out the crate
    shape and move it around? Brilliant!

    I'll post this anyway in case anybody wants to comment. Graham? :)

    (I'm thinking about getting into the printing biz with an Epson SP
    9900.)
     
    Robin Faichney, Jun 17, 2012
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    Graham J Guest

    Am I the only one who reads this ng?

    When I was a kid, a family friend built a canoe in his front room - in a
    tiny rural cottage. He had to knock out the front window to get the
    finished canoe out ...!

    Drawing to scale on paper sounds entirely appropriate!
     
    Graham J, Jun 17, 2012
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  3. As long as all of the door handles and other impedimenta are marked for
    consideration.

    Planning also needs to ensure that, during and after the move, Robin can
    always be on an acceptable side of the crate - and likewise for anyone
    else in the property at the time. And to allow clearance for holding or
    lifting it.
     
    Dr J R Stockton, Jun 18, 2012
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    Jim Crowther Guest

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    Open crate, two people carry contents, Shirley...
     
    Jim Crowther, Jun 18, 2012
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  5. Apparently not, but there certainly don't seem to be many posters
    these days! :(
    Yes, I've heard such stories. I suppose taking a window out is at
    least a theoretical possibility but the question then would be how to
    raise the thing and pass it through the resulting space. It weighs
    nearly 200kg, a bit more than the typical canoe! And there's only
    about 2m between the house wall and the garden fence, which is an old
    iron one set in concrete so not going anywhere in a hurry.
     
    Robin Faichney, Jun 19, 2012
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  6. Good points, thanks.
     
    Robin Faichney, Jun 19, 2012
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  7. You're right. But don't call me Shirley.

    What I need to do is contact the delivery people and ensure that
    they're willing to open the crate out of doors and carry the parts in
    one by one. I can't do it myself, some of the parts being too heavy,
    and there's nobody else around here during office hours. However, the
    service is not just delivery but includes installation and tuition, so
    I think there's some chance they'll agree. Now to find out...
     
    Robin Faichney, Jun 19, 2012
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    Peter Hill Guest

    But as Demon have abandoned Usenet there is no one with authority to
    remove it.
    My dad used to do furniture removals. He had one where they said "We
    don't know what you are going to do with the wardrobe they had to take
    the window out to get it in." He got it out without removing the
    window.
     
    Peter Hill, Jun 24, 2012
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