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201 GREAT IDEAS for Your SMALL BUSINESS, Third Edition by Jane Applegate

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GREAT 87 IDEA: Make a Model with 3-D Software

Matthew Blake has been playing guitar since he was 11, but he didn't make his first guitar until he got divorced for the second time.

“I decided to build a guitar as therapy,” he said. “It was fun and people liked it.”

A skilled carpenter and cabinet maker living in Delaware, Ohio, Blake said he originally bought a 3-D software program to help him design guitars, but it was very complicated and crashed often.

Frustrated, he started looking around for a better program and found software made by Alibre.com in Richardson, Texas. Blake paid about $200 (the program now costs about $99) and purchased an annual maintenance and tech support contract for an additional $99 a year.

“I was drawing stuff the first ...

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