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  1. spooner68

    spooner68 Professional Tiler

    I’ve been trying to find a decent free or reasonably priced bit of CAD software for doing bathroom visuals. Has anybody got any experience of 3D or even 2D CAD stuff?
  2. Boggs

    Boggs Professional Tiler

    ArtiCAD Pro is really easy to use and it’s 3D virtual images are like photos but it is certainly not cheap.
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  3. Waluigi

    Waluigi Guest

    Virtual worlds.
  4. acaciaguy

    acaciaguy Professional Tiler

    Do you worry about virtual not meeting reality in terms of finish?
  5. Waluigi

    Waluigi Guest

    I don’t use it. The last time I looked it was £7k

    I’ve had a few bathrooms done using it though. Done by a local designer.
  6. Marvo

    Marvo Staff Member

    Cape Town
    Are you looking for software for your own use to assist in layouts etc or do you want it to produce concept images for the customer?

    I have an old copy of ArtiCAD kicking around somewhere.
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  7. ATSDiamondTools

    ATSDiamondTools Official Member Support Company Support

    Google Sketchup.

    It's free, I use it for 3D architectural drawings. For 2D it's simple.
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  8. spooner68

    spooner68 Professional Tiler

    A bit of both really but I think it’s the concept that’s most important. Quite often clients can’t picture what I’m suggesting and sketches/scale drawings aren’t really professional enough.
  9. spooner68

    spooner68 Professional Tiler

  10. Paul C.

    Paul C. Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler

    As @ATSDiamondTools@ATSDiamondTools Sketchup for me. At the moment they have made it more difficult to get the free version "Sketchup Make". If you say your're just a using it for personal use, they'll direct you to use the online version (no download) and it is proper pants. Instead when it asks for your basic information, make out its for business use, download the Sketchup Pro 30 day trial. After the 30 days, just say you wanna keep using the free version and it will work with only a small amount of rarely used features removed.
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  11. Waluigi

    Waluigi Guest

    This is one I have worked to.

    Virtual worlds.


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  12. Andy Allen

    Andy Allen Metro specialist & forum entertainer! Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner

    This is one I've worked to..


    Willing to share if anyone's interested....:):):)
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  13. Paul C.

    Paul C. Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler

    Love it. Can see the time you spent on it. The attention to detail is amazing :)

    Here's one of my recent ones. All done for free. Free CAD and free rendering plugin called Twilight Render v2 (Hobby version). Layout designed by none other than Mr George Clarke (or maybe one of his cronies). That man has a lot to answer for! Anyway, render can be made to look even better with artificial light placement. But yeah, a reasonable example of what £0 can get you :)

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  14. spooner68

    spooner68 Professional Tiler

  15. antonio

    antonio Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    same same,
    but I draw them on the wall.
    or on the door.on the door is more chich
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