CUSTOM PATTERN MAKER
57336 Crestview Drive, Yucca Valley, CA 92284
CELL. 323 - 807 - 6471    
EMAIL: stephanie@urly.com
http://www.access-presto.com/cpminfo/

 

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COST AND EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS

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Custom Pattern Maker currently unavailable as a stand-alone software. The plan is to update it in the near future to run on the most current versions of the AutoCAD engine.

 


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Custom Pattern Maker is available as an AutoCAD® version 14 add-on. It will run on any system running AutoCAD® 14. It runs fine on a Pentium 166 "game" machine. See your local AutoCAD® dealer for more specific information. (CPM does not run with AutoCAD Lite.)

 

 

COST OF THE ADD-ON:

Professional User: $350
Educational or Student Price: $150
Educational Site License: $700
(unlimited installations and reprodution of Instructions for Class use)
NOTE: AutoCAD® runs quite well on a G3 or G4 Macintosh using Virtual Windows

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Custom Pattern Maker also runs as an add-on to AutoCAD® versions 10, 11, and 12 and 13 DOS or Windows. (CPM does not run with AutoCAD Lite.)

IMPORTANT NOTE:
LEGAL OLDER VERSIONS OF AUTOCAD ARE OFTEN FOR SALE AT AUCTION ON EBAY.COM.
http://www.ebay.com/.
Do a search in the computer/software area for AutoCAD.

COST OF THE OLDER ADD-ONS:

Professional User: $150
Educational or Student Price: $75
Educational Site License (includes both PC and Mac versions): $300
(unlimited installations and reprodution of Instructions for Class use)

>Older versions of C.P.M. will run as add-ons with:

  • Macintosh AutoCAD® version 12 on pre-Power Macs
    (note: AutoCAD® v12 for Mac requires a 6080 chip and will not run on Power Macintosh machines. The Quadra Series are excellent machines for the purpose. Now that the G3s are avaiable, the Quadras are becoming commonly available on the used Macintosh market at very reasonable prices. Start by checking your local yellow pages for the nearest used Macintosh dealer and looking in your local newspaper classifieds. There are also resources Online.

  • Macintosh G3s using VirtualPC software and with AutoCAD® for DOS or Windows versions 10 through 12 Windows3.1.

  • DOS with AutoCAD® for DOS version 10, DOS or Windows3.1 versions 11 & 12

  • Windows95 with AutoCAD® for DOS or Windows 95 versions 12 & 13

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We accept payment by check, money order or purchase order.

Checks should be made payable to Stephanie A. Schoelzel
(Custom Pattern Maker is a product. The Vendor is Stephanie A. Schoelzel)

Student, or educational versions: fax, mail or email copy of student or faculty ID
We will not ship your copy of CPM to you until we receive educational status verification.


Order via Credit Card using the PayPal option.

call or email stephanie@urly.com to identify the version you are ordering and include your shipping address and phone #
state that you are using PayPal to make your payment

  • Instruct PayPal to pay to stephanie@urly.com the appropriate amount.
    (Shipping & Handling is included in the price.)


For further information Email, Call Stephanie:

CELL. 323 - 807 - 6471
EMAIL: stephanie@urly.com

 



 

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Equipment Requirements

Operating System

  • At least a PENTIUM 166 PC system and 64 mb RAM
    and
  • a keyboard
    and
  • a color monitor.
    (A 14" monitor will do the job, but a 17" monitor is recommended.
    The customized Zoom increments in the SEW MENU were developed with the 14" monitor in mind.)
 

 

User Interface

As an application that was originally created to run on a DOS system, AutoCAD® assumes that you will be using your keyboard to enter commands in combination with a GUI interface device. Like all CGI software applications, learning to use a combination mouse clicks and key strokes leads to the fastest operation of the program.

  • C.P.M. was developed using a 3 button mouse and it is possible to operate C.P.M. entirely through the mouse with the exception of entering numbers and text labels.

    If you are planning to "digitize" any patterns from books into C.P.M. you will need at least a 3 button digitizing "puck" mouse with cross-hairs and a digitizing tablet of at least a 12" x 12" size.

    You may find that working with a cordless stylus for most of your patterning work is more comfortable than working with a mouse.

    If you are planning to "digitize" full size pattern pieces or take patterns from actual garments, you will need to have a much larger digitizing device. Digitizing tables, such as are commonly used in the garment industry, are about the size of an architectural drafting table and expensive. CalComp makes a roll-up digitizing pad that was perfect for the costume or custom patternmaker. It was around the 30"x36" size and you could lay it out on your cutting table and roll it up and put it away on a shelf or transport it.
  • Plotting or printing

    It is possible to divide a pattern drawing up into sections that will print out on 8 1/2" x 11" paper and then print out each section, but this is a very gerry-rigged solution and not at all time saving.

      For Plotting patterns C.P.M. already has drawing screens for E and D size architectural plotters. It will, of course, plot to any commercial plotter that has AutoCAD® drivers.

      The size E plotter is the most efficient size. Do not waste money on purchasing special "plotter paper". Brown craft paper, tag board or dotty paper can be purchased 48" wide and then cut into 38" wide lengths. This will give a pattern layout page that is 46" x "36". A D-size plotter is the smallest size that still accommodates pattern layout in a reasonable way.

      The progress of technology has lead to the development of plotters that radically exceed the needs of a pattern maker. Monochrome plotters aimed at the drafting industry are almost entirely laserjet and color plotters are now advanced to the level that they can produce photographic quality posters.

      The ideal plotter for pattern making purposes is a 4 to 8 pen plotter, or, if you are fortunate enough to find one, one that uses pencils. The multi-pen plotter makes it possible to color code pattern pieces and instructions. Plotter pens are rather expensive (the felt tip type is best for pattern making) so finding one that uses pencils is ideal. Pencil plotters are rare and pen plotters are becoming difficult to find unless you are looking for a used one.

      We suggest that you use the telephone Yellow Pages to locate the nearest dealer of architectural supplies and AutoCAD. These dealers often have used plotters for sale, or a "line on" where to find used plotters.

      Some plotters are made to handle a continuous feed paper roll. Naturally this would be a wonderful feature, but it is not difficult or particularly time consuming to divide a cutting layout into E sized sections and plot them separately.

      Industrial size plotters are usually found at garment industry suppliers that list they carry cutting equipment.

      As we did mention, it is possible to have C.P.M. run a computerized cutting machine, but since it is an application designed for one-of-a-kind, this is unlikely an option of importance.

     

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Useful Resources

There are several internet newsgroups that are for AutoCAD and other CAD users and almost every major urban area has an AutoCAD Users Group. Through these groups it is possible to network to find older versions of AutoCAD® and older hardware.

You can locate your nearest AutoCAD® Users Group by going to AutoDESK's UserGroup Web Page.
Useful newsgroups are:

 

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