CAD for raw beginners?

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CAD for raw beginners?

Post by Kimball McGinley » Thu Nov 02, 2017 7:08 pm

I know this has come up anecdotally occasionally, related to how somebody did something, but I have a friend who is looking for a free or low cost CAD system. What can the group recommend in 2D and/or 3D?
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Re: CAD for raw beginners?

Post by johnfreese » Thu Nov 02, 2017 7:31 pm

Try ST8 by Solid Edge. Free. Easy.

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Re: CAD for raw beginners?

Post by Greg_Lewis » Thu Nov 02, 2017 8:30 pm

For the Mac in 2D I use Cadintosh. It's about $30. Twice I've had questions and I've gotten a response in a couple of days from the guy who wrote it; a rare occurrence these days.
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Re: CAD for raw beginners?

Post by Patio » Thu Nov 02, 2017 8:31 pm

Fusion360 by Autodesk, free if you make under 100K.
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Re: CAD for raw beginners?

Post by Sandiapaul » Fri Nov 03, 2017 4:54 am

Like Patio said, Fusion 360, then go here and watch all of his videos, he does a 360 video every Friday:

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Re: CAD for raw beginners?

Post by Fred_V » Fri Nov 03, 2017 8:46 am

Patio wrote:Fusion360 by Autodesk, free if you make under 100K.
Now, who would admit they made over 100K so they had to pay for it??!!
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Re: CAD for raw beginners?

Post by SteveHGraham » Fri Nov 03, 2017 11:20 am

Fusion360 is free and allows you to collaborate with other people, but they keep all your stuff in a cloud.
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Re: CAD for raw beginners?

Post by Wayne Davis » Fri Nov 03, 2017 11:36 am

I like Draftsight 2d CAD and it is free.


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Re: CAD for raw beginners?

Post by Builder01 » Fri Nov 03, 2017 12:53 pm

I use Qcad. The basic version is free.


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Re: CAD for raw beginners?

Post by dash9 » Fri Nov 03, 2017 4:41 pm

Fusion 360 easy to use if you never did Cad Cam.

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Re: CAD for raw beginners?

Post by Pipescs » Fri Nov 03, 2017 5:00 pm

If your friend is a vet, you can get Solidworks, student version, for 20.00 on line
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Re: CAD for raw beginners?

Post by thunderskunk » Fri Nov 03, 2017 6:11 pm

If you've got a good internet connection, Onshape is pretty much the same as Solidworks, though it takes some getting used to. It's free for 'public' use, and you're computer doesn't have to be a workstation; it's cloud based.
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