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Author:  KW1252 [ Thu Apr 21, 2011 2:05 am ]
Post subject:  FreeCAD 3D CAD/CAM software in development

Here's a promising little CAD start-up I found some time ago and kept in tabs with the development:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/free-cad/

The software is still in 0.10, not even in a beta stage. However, it's showing (IMO) great promise, and from the 0.07 to the 0.10 the development has been pretty good, with solid improvements. However, it's still a long way from being a really usable software, so anyone wanting just load it and start engineering stuff will be disappointed.

The geometry export doesn't seem to work too well yet, even though it loads a wide bunch of different files, it doesn't seem to output them too well; also, manipulating the objects is pretty difficult. However, once those little issues are dealt with, it would make a good kluge for the STEP <--> VRML conversion problem going on with KICAD. (The real solution by KICAD team would be adherence to ISO 10303 standard - STEP among friends. Unfortunately ISO wants a lot of money for the copies of those papers.)

Author:  jharvey [ Thu Apr 21, 2011 10:28 am ]
Post subject:  Re: FreeCAD 3D CAD/CAM software in development

Another of interested might be HeeksCAD. Which oddly enough, was used in HeeksCNC. Just like FreeCAD, it's promising, but currently limited.

http://code.google.com/p/heekscnc/

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