Free easy to use CAD software?

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spinnaker

Joined Oct 29, 2009
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I am looking to just draw up some simple front panels. Anyone know of CAD software that is free and easy to use? Something with not a lot of bells and whistles to worry about.
 

mcgyvr

Joined Oct 15, 2009
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Any chance you are a student/teacher (or have a student/teacher email account)?
If so you get access to all autodesk products. (Inventor + HSM express CAM addin is my #1 recommendation there.. awesome stuff and how I model/program for my DIY milling machine)

Do you need gcode output as stated above?

draftsight is a simple 2D drawing program identical to Autocad (and its free).. If you just need 2D cad I HIGHLY recommend this..

http://replicat.org/generators
http://www.dakeng.com/ace.htm
 

nerdegutta

Joined Dec 15, 2009
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I'm using FreeCAD: http://freecadweb.org/

This guy is drawing a lot: cad1919

Just watching his videos are a great way to learn. At least that's what I think.

FreeCAD exports to lots of different formats, and STL is one of them. At first glance, it might look hard to use and understand, but when you get it, you'll get it.
 

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spinnaker

Joined Oct 29, 2009
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Do you want 3D features?

I use M/S Paint for simple drawings, and SketchUp for 3D prints.
No just 2D. Looked at sketchup. The 3d is a learning curve I don't need. Paint does not provide a scale. I just want to design equipment panels.
 

ISB123

Joined May 21, 2014
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Draftsight is good.I used it in my workplace to draw professional drawings so it should be good enough for hobby use.
 

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spinnaker

Joined Oct 29, 2009
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Have you had a look over at CNCZone? Pretty sure they have a forum section for that.

Have you seen their forum? I thought we had a lot of sub forums! Yikes! WAY too many categories. A number of my questions went unanswered. Part of the problem I guess is too many forums, less eyes looking at them.

And check your in box. ;)
 

GopherT

Joined Nov 23, 2012
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Have you seen their forum? I thought we had a lot of sub forums! Yikes! WAY too many categories. A number of my questions went unanswered. Part of the problem I guess is too many forums, less eyes looking at them.

And check your in box. ;)
If g-code works, you my try an old hp-pen plotter driver if you only need 2-D. I can get Design spark to output directly to an HP pen plotter.
 
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