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Old 02-26-2015, 11:46 AM
weldtoride weldtoride is offline
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Default An excellent free 2D cad

I searched long and hard, hi and low for a free or open-sourced cad several years ago, and I stumbled finally upon this by the makers of SolidWorks:

Totally free, and supported as well. You can also find you-tube content and forums to help you. For those desiring a more robust 2D cad, you can buy the pro version. I find the free version does all I want from a 2D cad.

For those familiar with older AutoCad 2D products, the interface will be surprisingly familiar.
Mark from Illinois
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Old 02-20-2019, 11:43 AM
KKroger KKroger is offline
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Draftsight from Dassault Systems is a very very good 2D CAD... works great... Pretty powerful, I use the Pro version every day here at the shop...
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Old 02-20-2019, 03:46 PM
toreadorxlt toreadorxlt is offline
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a Way more powerful, 3D/2D/surfacing/CAM tool for free for makers and hobbyists. I run my CNC mill with it. and its a very powerful 3d modeler.
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Old 02-21-2019, 11:50 AM
Reno Reno is offline
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Steve, everything I see for Fusion 360 has either one year for hobbiests or 3 year for students, after that $400+ per year. Am I missing something, or are you just passing on the maintenance?
I am a legacy Alibre purchaser from the 90's and have started sampling some of the less complicted CAM programs. Alibre's add on is too expensive for how seldom I use it.
I just end up using Mach3 Wizzards for most of my CNC.
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