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Old Mar 24, 2011, 11:00 AM
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Good freeware CAD programs?

Hey everyone,
I'm looking for a decent freeware CAD program that will let me make part outlines for laser cutting. The program needs to save as either .DWG or .DXF files so I can send them to the laser cutter. I need to be able to set sizes of holes, lengths, angles, all the sort of thing that CAD programs usually do. Any help would be great.

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Old Mar 24, 2011, 08:07 PM
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Old Mar 24, 2011, 10:38 PM
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Hey Fred,

Try DevCAD LE. You can download a trial version here:


and if you like it, you can buy the full featured version for 25 euros ($35). Stefano Durano (the designer) offers excellent support. There's a bunch of other programs available as well, including CAM, 3D CAD and airfoil drafting.

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Old Mar 25, 2011, 09:42 AM
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It's e machine shop 4 me!

I use the download from: http://www.emachineshop.com/
It is free, saves files as dxf which needs a little editing to get it into V carve Pro which I use to generate G code for my mach 3 controlled router.
It has easy trim functions which I couldn't find in the program I bought-Design Cad 20. I tried Dev Cad too, with poor success. Try e machine shop, you pay nothing!
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Old Mar 25, 2011, 10:31 AM
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Dassault Systems offers a free CAD system very similar to AutoCAD. I have only used it a little but it seems pretty powerful. Very good documentation and they even have a YouTube channel for training tutorials.


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Old Mar 26, 2011, 12:31 AM
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Cocreate is good and free for personal edition

http://www.ptc.com/offers/tryout/pe3.htm will lead you to co create which I fing meets all my needs and feeds STL files to freemill (also free) for really good gcode files
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