I’m a cheapskate. Unless I can’t find something that does the job for free, I don’t pay anything. I do, however, give credit, and thanks, whenever possible.
Realize that I began doing this stuff when the only tools available were T-square, compass. triangles, and pencils. I was overjoyed when they came out with parallel bars. And I embraced digital drafting when it finally became available for those of us with 8088 processors and monochrome displays.
Yet, I’m not entirely adverse to using software right “out of the box” and native tools. SketchUp is amazingly robust, despite its flaws, and there is usually a way to accomplish anything you desire.
Smustard Weld is useful, but if it were to suddenly vanish, I’d still be able to create in SketchUp. It didn’t cost me a dime.
Erik, go to the Extensions Warehouse and spend an hour browsing what’s available there. It won’t be time wasted.