FreeCAD in action

FreeCAD is an open source, 3D modeling CAD software. FreeCAD supports parametric modelling, which allows users to change designs by modifying model parameters after they construct them. The software is available on Windows, Mac and various major versions of Linux. It is one of the few choices for CAD applications running on popular Linux distributions like Ubuntu and Mint.

HeeksCAD is a solid 3D modelling program. Its properties are quite similar to those of CATIA or SolidWorks. It is a free program, but it is really complete, even if it is not professional software.

HeeksCAD

HeeksCAD is a solid 3D modelling program. Its properties are quite similar to those of CATIA or SolidWorks. It is a free program, but it is really complete, even if it is not professional software.

Onshape

Onshape provides 2D and 3D modelling capabilities bundled together with release management, job flow control and tools for real-time collaboration. Onshape can operate on virtually any computer with an internet connection irrespective of the requirements of the hardware. Smaller companies that are unable to budget for powerhouse hardware should consider Onshape as a possible CAD solution for their business needs.

NanoCAD

NanoCAD has a user-friendly interface coupled with complicated choices allowing power-users to get the most out of the program. NanoCAD receives regular updates and new features that keep it competitive with other state-of-the-art CAD applications. NanoCAD can be used by non-technical users to build easy drafts without substantial training. When CAD needs increase for your company, you can update NanoCAD to the premium version.

Blender

Blender is a powerful, mesh-based program for direct modelling. Professionals use it for video games or animation creation. When you need to make printable 3D models then Blender is a great program, as it provides
feature for fixing the meshes you design.

SolveSpace

SolveSpace is a parametric 3D modeler. It is available with Windows, Mac OS and Linux. Its features include Bezier curves and NURBS surfaces.

EMachine Shop

EMachine Shop is an excellent CAD software for making a given component using 3D printing technology. The software will evaluate your design and inform you where your design includes any unrealistic shapes.

Sculptris

Sculptris is a free 3D sculpting software. It has all the tools you need for graphic design work. Features are easy to learn, so it’s easy to get started with in using the Sculptris design software.

Meshlab

Meshlab is a complete mesh and edition software with a lot of great features. Meshlab allows you to work on large files, which is great for 3D scanning data. Topological errors can be removed easily, which can be useful if you want to create a 3D printable model.

Art of Illusion

Art of Illusion is mostly used in the RepRap community. RepRap stands for Replicating Rapid Prototyper meaning a 3D printer which can print its own parts. This 3D modelling and rendering software is very good at producing animations.

DraftSight

DraftSight is a free 2D CAD program developed by Dassault Systems. Draftsight is specifically designed for engineers, architects and designers. It is available for both Windows Mac and Linux.

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