Image Source: Wikimedia. It can be used to create technical drawings such as buildings, mechanical parts or diagrams. The software was designed with modularity, extensibility and portability in mind, and it comes with an intuitive user interface.
It also comes with a variety of useful features including layers, blocks, 35 CAD fonts and a library with over CAD parts. It comes with a GPLv2 public license , so you can use it, customize it, hack it and copy it with free user and developer support. The program comes with high-quality features like snap-to-grid capabilities, which means that you can create straight lines and align objects as you go.
It also comes with layers, text and measurements. Image Source: Softpedia. That being said, some of its features are disabled in the free version, e. To be able to do more, you would have to upgrade to the Plus or Pro version. The world of free CAD software is no-longer limited to 2D drafting applications.
Image Source: SketchUp Community. The software is incredibly easy to use, and the SketchUp website provides extra help with tutorials and videos. OnShape is a force to recon with when it comes to making 3D modelling more accessible to the masses. OnShape is unique to many other options in that it runs in your web browser.
The software boasts a list of enterprise-level manufacturing companies as users so if their features are enough for these companies it will likely be enough for most entry-level users. Although OnShape offers a premium solution, they also offer a free plan with limited features, but be warned; everything you store in OnShape under the free plan is automatically open source.
Visit OnShape. It has a variety of features ranging from 3D solids, to support for meshes, to a robot simulation module that allows you to study robot movements. Users can change color schemes, use models from the catalog and even create a movie of the 3D model to be exported to SVG. In addition, any changes made to the 2D plan are simultaneously reflected in a 3D view. These models can then be looked at from an aerial view point, and from a virtual visitor view point.
Image Source: 3D Drucken. Users can design models from scratch, or use ready-made models. The application is limited, however, as it cannot be used for complex projects. Check it out here! Image Source: decapod It incorporates a drag-and-drop approach to 3D modeling. It can create complex models from simple 3D primitives or by using its shape building tools.
The program can also be used to create animated scenes, which can be viewed in real time and recorded to a video AVI file. While it has many capabilities, you might need to upgrade to 3DCrafter Plus or Pro for more advanced features. The only limitation on the software is a watermark on any plots you generate, designating that the file was created with a non-professional version.
If you're looking to learn CAD or just do some personal design work, this is absolutely the way to go. SketchUp was originally developed by Google and was one of the greatest free CAD packages ever put on the market.
In , Google sold the product to Trimble. Trimble has enhanced it and developed it further and now offers a slew of related products. If you know of more, do share them with us in the comments section. These tools Read more. Back to the Drawing Board is available today in the Windows Store productivity section. A free 7-day trial is available. JuanS [ Reply ]. Ngan Tengyuen [ Reply ]. Howard [ Reply ]. Nino [ Reply ]. You get a very basic version of nanoCAD for free!