- 2D, Animation, CAD, CADD, CAE, CAM, CNC, CSG, Diagrams, Drafting, Drawing(general), FEA, Flowcharts, Layouts, MCAD, Modeling, Photography, Raster, Sculpting, Sketching, Schematics, Vectors.
» Comparison of CAD editors for architecture, engineering and construction (AEC).
» Computer Graphics
» Comparison of 3D computer graphics software
» Category:Free computer-aided design software
Animation - Character Animation and Modeling:
2D & 3D Characters & Environments for Animation, not CAD
» Free Art
CAD or CADD
CAM, CNC, MCAD, Drafting, Motion Simulation...
- All of these are free open source, free unlimited, or free limited. Feb 2017.
• 2D Drafting:
Solid Edge 2D.
Drawing (general): Inkscape.
or 3D Layouts - Dimension and Geometry Constraints:
Solid Edge for 2D. SolveSpace
for 2D or 3D. FreeCAD for 2D or
• 2D3D CAD or CADD - 2D Drawing
parametrically driven from 3D model: FreeCAD
Creo Direct Express. FreeCAD
using add on module assembly2. IronCAD
- Basic SolveSpace parts
only, no external imports.
• CAD - Direct
- Parametric editing: Creo Direct
MEDUSA4, DesignCAD 3D MAX for $100, PowerSHAPEe.
for FEA link CAELinux
which uses Salome and Code_Aster. FreeCAD
editing / Sculpting for 3D Printing:
Parametric or Direct modeling that can easily bring your ideas
into 3D for CAD or 3D printing. Blender
Creo Direct Express.
Salome (Mesh module) ?
• Modeling for Motion and
Physics Simulations: Blender.
Creo Direct Express.? FreeCAD
IronCAD Compose. CAD
- For 2D only, see Drafting
. Go thru the "more Computer
Graphics" area just before Electronics.
- Free and
other nonprofessional level software to try or keep an eye on.
Python OCC beta
Very active and easy to teach yourself. - Not to be confused with
FreeCAD (Juergen Riegel): Free Open
Source 2D3D CAD, 2D (Drawing, Images, Sketcher and Views), 3D
(Assembly, CSG, FEA, MCAD, Meshing and Robotics). » FreeCAD
» FreeCAD -
original project host, may only get stable releases
unstable releases that can be used as a portable app
» FreeCAD Project:
Addons', Library, Macros', and Symbols
- Work Features: Axis, Origin, Planes, Points
- These addons' are: Macros that get temporarily executed or
Modules added to FreeCAD. Macros
• Work Features macro addon Homepage
to create a new group for creating: Axis,
Origin, Planes, Views...
• Assembly2 Workbench addon
lets you bring in FreeCAD and other parts and constrain them.
Create a new folder called "assembly2" in the FreeCAD
"Mod" folder and then put all of the extracted files
from the download into it.
• Animate Constraints
macro with a YouTube
example and the GitHub
for all macros' by this developer.
- » FreeCAD
portable by ThumbApps.
This, which hasn't been working properly
lately, is a (x86_bin.7z extension) downloaded directly at
or here » FreeCAD:
Portable as 7zip file.
Portable, Also has PreReleases.
YouTube channel cad1919.
Free, 3D, Command Driven? » pythonOCC
CAD that is Free Open Source and very cool. Some features are:
constraints, layouts, Dynamic Movement, sketcher for linear
extrude or 360° revolve, CSG, assemblies, some motion and CAM or
CNC output. This software was originally called Sketchflat.
SolveSpace is very cool to play with and you will waste many
hours. SolveSpace is missing some of the more advanced features.
They may be updating to the OpenCascade CAD Kernel
» SOLVESPACE - parametric
Free, No Drafting, more of a CSG modeler
» Implicit CAD -
Open-Source, Programmatic CAD, has something online
- The major CAD Companies and also: Alibre now
GeoMagic, Kubotek -
Max, Autocad, Delcam, Fusion360, Inventor, TinkerCAD, VIZ,
- A central workspace in the cloud for storing, viewing and
converting. Free plan has 5GB storage.
2D3D is Free.
This seems to have to many limitations compared
to other free software. Costs $ $ to export even to a simple
(STL) file. It can, Read: Parasolid, ACIS, (IGES & VDA),
AutoCAD (DXF and DWG), STEP, STL, CATIA V4 & 5, Cimatron,
I-Deas, Pro-Engineer, Rhino, SolidEdge, SolidWorks, and
Unigraphics. » Delcam
Exchange to read files for free and export for cost.
look at some of my old files.
Free for startups making less than 100,000.($/yr) or for
individuals for non-profit use.
- Free with a renewable 1 yr
license shown on the overview
or 25.($/mo). Pro 50.($/mo).?
- This looks like Inventor
made to work half in the cloud. Features may lag behind
- Free cloud storage A360
, best of desktop and cloud
- This is their
top level Desktop CAD for Design and not cloud based.
- Free and Pro 100% online 2D3D CAD with no CAD
features limited. Both versions can be used for Business.
Free and Professional memberships: Free total online size limit
of 5GB(unlimited Public and up to 100MB(10 Private Documents) or
Paid (100. $/month) has unlimited data storage.
features not limited: Direct and Parametric modeling, Assemblies,
and 2D or 2D3D drafting)
- 2D (you can import edit / export
to DXF or DWG) or 2D3D Onshape CAD link.
- 3D parametric or
Direct edited models. Import many types and export to STEP, IGES,
SAT, JT, Parasolid, or STL.
- Assemblies and motion
- These are vender supplied
applications for CAM, Rendering and Simulations that you can
choose to addon. Looks like you need to have an account and be
logged in to see which apps are available. All of our partners
endorse Onshape’s business model and have some kind of free
offering. » Onshape
- Open Cascade Technology and the Salome
Open Cascade Technology
- A free open source kernel for 3D CAD, CAM, and CAE.
- 3D CAD, CAE, CAM, FEA, PLM.
» All Free Software.
- 2D CAD, ME10 or OneSpace Designer
Drafting, and 3D Direct modeling using OneSpace Modeler. ME10 is
now Creo Elements Direct Drafting and the 3D OneSpace Modeler is
now Creo Elements Direct. ME10.
included a model structure (tree structure) as opposed to layers
and has construction geometry.
Creo Direct Express
- (formerly CoCreate)- 3D, CAD, CAE, MCAD, Draft. Personal &
Pro. » Modeling
Personal Edition 3.0.
Elements/Direct - CoCreate: Free.
Elements/Pro - ProE.
Web Store: Mathcad, Pro/ENGINEER and Wildfire Personal &
Email newsletter, tips.
(Formerly CoCreate). - Free Personal Ed., 2D/3D, Assembly 60
parts limit, Draft. » Modeling
Personal Edition 3.0.
Creo Pro (Parametrics)
- (Formerly ProEngineer / Wildfire). The student version says "If
you are a professional interested in learning Creo Elements/Pro
5.0 and want to purchase the Student Edition for personal use,
please see the Creo Elements/Pro 5.0 Student Edition - Personal
Use." » Creo
1.0 Student Edition - Personal Use.
Exchange - PTC University.
Wildfire Tips & Tutorial.
Personal Use - No ID Required.
- Mathcad Express
- Free 2D sketching for Ipad or HD.
Solid Edge 2D Drafting
- This is a completely free for personal or professional use
Associative geometry between other geometry, views and
dimensions. Very cool based on You Tube videos.
D-CubedTM 2D Dimensional Constraint Manager (2D DCM) from
Siemens PLM Software. » D-Cubed
- The newest
downloads are all 64bit the last 32bit, ST6, will continue to
get license updates. They will send you an Email with the
Try this first, just click the link under
the "Or proceed..." sentence at this link Solid
Edge - Free 2D Drafting
and the registration process will be
It's a big 200 / 400. Mb download / installation.
2D Drafting - Fact Sheet.
2D Drafting - Frequently Asked Questions.
Edge - Free 2D Drafting.
- 2D3D CAD CAE.
Computer Aided Engineering
Constructive Solid Geometry based CAD
- 2D & 3D . CAD
may be required.
» UNetbootin -
bootable Live USB drives.
. Don't know if this would run faster
than the Live DVD.
Object Oriented Finite Element Solver
- 3D CAE: Create or Import models, Mesh, analize, simulations.
» Salome - FEA &
Model and Numerical Simulation: SO.
- Windows: To install Salome on
Windows, unpack the archive and follow the instructions in the
enclosed Readme file.
7.7.1 - The download "SALOME-7.7.1-WIN64.exe" 353,490KB
matched the MD5Sum and it scanned clean with Comodo Internet
Security Premium. Running the Zip EXE file in Comodo's Virtual
Desktop opened the included 7Zip software and only extracted all
the files, I believe. I put it directly under "C:". I
was able to run this inside the Virtual Desktop. I moved the
software first the the Comodo Shared Spaces folder and then to a
USB 2.0 drive. I was able to run Salome from the USB inside the
Comodo sandbox and off-line. I uploaded these files that were
being sandboxed to
"MD5Sum = 985970a107cf9b9d279adff2dea9c8e0". Detection
ratio: 0 /
"MD5Sum = 1e43e6a99cfe1538289078eabdc31198". Detection
ratio: 0 /
"MD5Sum = 6b04aa67806d495458533b879934ae97". Detection
ratio: 0 /
"MD5Sum = d970a57cf7e2dc7d86b13019d20e3757". Detection
ratio: 0 / 55
I added these four files to Comodo's trusted
files list and reset the sandbox. Restart computer and Salome.
was not able to save when working off the USB and maybe some other
things were hanging
- This does have a "view dump"
feature but the output is only to a raster file type, (BMP, JPG,
PNG). » Angle
Bracket example below.
included with the software. » Salome
- A basic
construction method of designing by adding or subtracting CAD shapes
to get some very complex shapes, originally using "Primitives".
Use extruded or lofted sketches and then apply CSG. Do not use
Exchanger - I believe this is free for personal use.
- planning stage.
Free, portability, not active.
Free, 3D/2D, Views.
Project: no download.
- 2D/3D CAD: Free, not active?
- 2D/3D CAD: Free, not active?
Info / News /
» 3Ders - 3D
printer and printing news
Engineering.com - Technology for Design Engineering: L, Z.
» LUnIx by
Tech-EDV - The Linux CAD Shrine.
Tips: L, X.
(Free) 3D Modeling Applications You Should Not Miss
- Community of CAD, CAM and CAE users on the Internet: L, X.
» FreeCAD.com: L, X
Survey, Market Share 2016
Survey, Market Share 2015
can practice modeling
- Not the typical software that you can download and use. These are
libraries used by other softwares'.
2D and 2.5D Kernel
The D-CubedTM 2D Dimensional Constraint Manager (2D DCM) by Siemens
is also used by Autodesk® for use in Autodesk Inventor, AutoCAD
Mechanical, AutoCAD Civil3D, and AutoCAD Architectural Desktop; and
is used by, among others, Siemens for Solid Edge 2D; Dassault for
CATIA and SolidWorks; and think3 for thinkdesign.
» ACIS » CAA » CGM » Granite
» IntelliCAD » Open CASCADE Technology » Parasolid
- 2D and 3D computer graphics, scientific visualization, computer
aided design and modeling
- LEGOTM models.
- Geometry, Topological...
- A 3D geometry viewer and a mathematical visualization
» Planetary Gear
- : downloads
and TraceParts online - models & Drawings free
Excellent Free 3D Model Websites
More CAD Software
Mechanical - Tutorials
free by AutoDesSys - limited vs Pro.
Compose: free, assemble, view free, STL
- 2D & 3D CAD/CAM and CAE
Smart 2009: Free, AutoCAD clone
- View Features
Free, 3D & 2D
Free. Look into
- Google Sketchup
- 36 Pounds for home use, 300kb drawing size
- modeling and simulation of complex dynamic systems
Online, Books, - MyIGetIt. » YouTube
Mechanics - Tutorials and Downloads
- click on Reviews: L, Z
Eland's site. L, Z
- CAD Info: L, Z
Compose - assemble, view: free, STL.
& Viewing Graphic file types
- FreeCAD, Blender
portable, progeCAD. » VariCAD
- 3D/2D CAD Viewing
graphic and photo viewer,converter, organizer
Diagrams & Flowcharts
- links: SF,PS
or try LibreOffice-Draw.
Drawing software (general)
- Some of these have basic dimensioning and should be easier to use
software. You may be able to
import these into Drafting software.
also at PortableApps.
- Free, 2D, DWG & DXF.
Free, many features.
» Krita - Digital Painting and
Drawing Suite: OS
Thinking2D 2.0 Free - Basic drawing tools
find more drawing software.
- Cloud Drawing. » Google
, Shared, works.
- Free Whiteboard
Collaboration and Live Web Conferencing.
- You instantly see and can edit what someone else is drawing.
Click the Login button and start drawing.
» K3DSurf -
3D surface generator
- Education, geometry, algebra, statistics, Mathematics, Simulations
- Should be used
with a pressure sensitive tablet for full effect. See also Raster
» Krita - Digital Painting
and Drawing Suite: SO.
Paint for kids 3-12: L, SO, X.
- includes images, digital
Quality Graphs, Plots, Diagrams, and Figures.
from CAD, also Casting, Clay, Stereolithography, Venders.
- . » GIMP.
of raster graphics editors.
See also: LiteCAD, MEDUSA.
- Circuit drawings.
- See also Paint, Raster and Vector graphics.
» Creo Sketch
- This is different from Mesh
software. Check each Sculpting softwares systems
requirements for best results, screen resolution. Like painting
software, this may be able to work with a pressure sensitive
Free Online Image Editors.
Free Mac Design Programs.
Gems of Freeware Design Programs.
Best Open Source Graphic Programs.
Best Freeware Design Programs.
Mechanical Engineering CAD Software.
computer graphics software.
» Rework a
Viewer, Markup, Visualization & Collaboration Cimmetry.
» Schroff Development
- Cad Standard Lite-freeware and inexpensive Pro software: 2D.
» NovEdge - The largest
online CAD-CAM store
Forums for engineering professionals. L X
SIGGRAPH Web Resources. L X
search on the standard and go to the scribd.com link. Free account
required to download. Ex. Y14.5 gives a view of 114 pages of Y14.5
Dimensioning and Tolerancing. »