I reached a dead end finding a low-cost alternative to Solidworks. There hasn’t been much discussion about it for awhile so I’ll reach out to see if there are newfound alternatives.
I’m hooked on Poppy and am determined to build her. I need to redesign her head to fit a Raspberry Pi 4 bolted on a Waveshare display, a Pi camera, and a pair of Adafruit I2S microphone boards. All the other body parts can print as designed.
I used a product called TurboCAD for years that served me well for home improvement and hobby modeling. It doesn’t import SLDPRT files but after some work did read STL. However, what ended up importing from STL wasn’t usable and locked up my laptop.
Meanwhile I’ll cobble the electronics together into a prototype head shape made of metal and plastic scraps held together with adhesives, screws and hot glue; while I work on the software ideas I have in mind.
I’d appreciate any ideas as I really don’t want to end up with a Frankenstein Poppy forever!