I am looking to use blender to design some basic human modelling and hoping to have my designs manufactured by injection molding.
Before I buy a new PC and invest a year or so of my time finding my way around Blender I would like confirmation of the processes and possibly some examples of how easy/hard it is to export a blender design/file so it can be opened by an autocad operative to begin the manufacturing process.
My designs will contain a level of detail but will effectively (I hope) be just the external (single) skin mesh.
After several days of searching, I find the following add on/extension - http://blenderartists.org/forum/showthread.php?136439-DWG-DXF-exporter-release-%282-49%29/page5
I suspect that this thread is talking about the predecessor of the export options mentioned bellow and I can now simply export as DWG/DXF format without having to use too many complex options? Is the extension now shipped with Blender or is it still a "plug in"? Again, this is quite a specialised and highly specific issue so thanks for the perseverance. Similarly if anyone knows of a specific location for specialists of this nature feel free to post, thanks.
After a quick conversation with my AutoCAD engineers, they tell me they are most comfortable using .STL file types - a file type found in SketchUp and also used effectively by pro/ENGINEER. Any information regarding Blender3D exporting files in .STL such as supported/unsupported features and also if anyone has ever worked through the process I would be grateful to hear. Thanks again.