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grandpaul

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I got into AutoCAD in 1989 when my kid brother gave me a bootleg copy to test clone PCs I was building; back then, a big benchmark test was whether a PC could load up a 3-D wireframe image of the space shuttle. A secondary benchmark was how long it took to load. Anyway, I got to goofing off with the actual program, it had a simple tutorial built in. I've done some wireframe 3D and a little bit of true 3D with rendering, but not much at all.

One thing...

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...led to another (and another, etc.)-

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grandpaul

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This is a 3D wireframe drawing of an engine I designed; it's SOHC, but is a longitudinal V-twin, like a MotoGuzzi.

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2D side shot

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Tune-A-Fish

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That brother... was he in Colorado at the time? I got hold of maybe the same floppy set back in 90-91 from a guy on the shuttle program drafting airframe parts. I only had a DOS machine then and Windows was just beginning to infest every home with mice so I didn't give it much time as you did... funny how these things come about.
 

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They were offering it in tech schools at the time and in the military. I went into the Navy as a nuke and learned AutoCad there, and in tech school pre and post military. They were at Release 12 about 1991. In 91, we were running it on 386's.
 

grandpaul

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Tune-A-Fish said:
That brother... was he in Colorado at the time?

No, but (coincidentally) my older brother was in Denver working for an AE firm in the mid-80s and he got into AutoCAD as well.

If I remember right, we ran on Dos 2.1 or 3.0 when we got the first AutoCAD program we had (don't remember the release). We ended up buying in to an early version (9 or 10) on Windows 386, then R11, LT, 12 and finally 13 which I still have.

I got into building PCs at the same time as Michael Dell, but he did a little better than I did at that gig...

(my younger brother that first gave me AutoCAD was in the same dorm as Dell at UT, at the same time)
 

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