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post #1 of 8 Old 01-07-2010, 07:22 PM Thread Starter
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what is the best free cad type software youve found and where was it?

hey everyone, im just wondering if anyone has found some good online source for computer assisted drafting software. if there is any way that you could post a short review about it and where you found it that would be terrific. thanks everyone.

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I teach Design in grades 8 to 12. I currently run 3 Linux labs and servers and will be doing a lab up in Win XP in a month or so. I use an older app called CadKey 19 for Windows and run it in Linux perfectly. The program is rock solid and very powerful for such a small install. It is parametrics based and 2D/3D. Student purchases are often very inexpensive. It has recently been purchased by a Japanese company called KeyCad. I used CadKey for my Garage Build Drawing: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f37/n...94/index2.html Low down on this page is my CadKey design.

Free is difficult... QCAD is 2D and used to be a free package if I remember but now seems to have a fee. A purchase price of 44 Euros doesn't seem too much and you can load a demo to try out.

Google Sketchup is free for windows and may do what you want.


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post #3 of 8 Old 01-13-2010, 12:29 PM
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I am a landscape designer and use land CAD programs that have a high price tag. But for quick visuals, i like to use google sketchup. it has aps for lumber, steel ,auto parts and a lot of other things that you can get off of the net. It can be found at sketchup.google.com , I hope that helps.
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x2 on sketchup. google is awesome.
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x2 on sketchup. google is awesome.

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Google sketchup works for me!
And it has a good online community!

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If you are a student or educator just go here Autodesk Students and Educators Community and sign up! Lots of free software to play with.

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I use Google Sketchup. Its awesome and free.
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