>>52247727 Designing a firearm concept. I can't physically make one due to the legal butt fucking I would receive, bit I can make a CAD file and send it to a firearms manufacturer who has the licensing to make an automatic firearm. I could also design a semi-automatic version and then any American could make one, shame I'm in Australia. If it works I might try to get a manufacturers license, but it's probably obscenely expensive, so I'd have to try and make money off selling the design or just release it as open source, so that anyone who has the tooling could make one.
>>52248015 If you know how to use autocad you'll get the hang of any CAD Software.
Well as you're looking for commercial CAD program, it really doesn't matter with which one you get started. I personally can recommend NX and solidworks. But you'll get as many answers to this as you ask people.
People i talked to are as religious about their choice oft CAD Software like people are about using wangblows, loonix and 'it just works'-osx
>>52247908 Quick tip. Whatever it is. It has been done hundreds of times before, it didn't work, and it was dropped. I would highly recommend looking through patents to see if there is anything similar to your design.
If on the off-chance that it is something new and useful and innovative. Patent it. Patent different versions of it. Stripped down, prettied up. Anything similar. Cover your own ass.
If need be, move to the outback or somewhere out of the way and try to make the parts, just to see if it really does work in reality. CAD can do a lot. But simulating the stresses of a firing gun might be beyond it.
>>52248458 The main core of the idea is very left of centre - it's mainly about sidestepping the US NFA definition of machine gun. It wouldn't be useful to me, but it may have an application as it would reduce the overall length, without resorting to a bullpup design.
And no, there is no way I'm going to risk my life over some backyard gunsmithing; I have a good job, a beautiful wife and I'm moving houses soon. The most I'll have to do with guns in person is shooting range trips and, in the coming months, I'm getting my licenses and I'm going hunting with my brother (who is getting his license again soon).
>>52248669 This was back in the PPC days. Nowadays doing CAD on a Mac wouldn't be an issue besides the fact that all the conventions are arse about face. I mean, I wouldn't do any detailed simulation on a Mac due to the limited hardware, but I would use one if I had to.
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