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View Poll Results: Which CAD program(s) do you use right now?
A9CAD (Free) 9 0.79%
Alibre Design 44 3.87%
Ashlar-Vellum (Argon, Cobalt) 9 0.79%
AutoCAD 2000 through 2009 172 15.11%
AutoCAD 2009 LT 26 2.28%
AutoCAD v.10 (DOS) 4 0.35%
AutoCAD v.12 (DOS & Windows) 9 0.79%
AutoCAD v.13 (Windows) 14 1.23%
AutoCAD v.14 (Windows) 66 5.80%
AutoDesk 3D Studio Max 5.0 13 1.14%
AutoDesk AutoSketch 9 8 0.70%
Autodesk Inventor 99 8.70%
Becker Cad 0 0%
Becker Cad Pro 0 0%
BobCAD 18 1.58%
CADKey / KeyCreator 10 0.88%
CADRA 1 0.09%
CadStd lite 8 0.70%
CadStd pro 2 0.18%
Caligary Truespace 1 0.09%
Catia 62 5.45%
CoCreate Modeling Personal Edition (Free) 8 0.70%
DesignCAD 2-D for DOS 4 0.35%
DesignCAD 2-D for Windows 9 0.79%
DesignCAD 3000 DesignCAD 3DMax v.17 14 1.23%
DesignCAD 3-D for DOS 1 0.09%
DesignCAD 97 for Windows 0 0%
devCAD 27 2.37%
DoubleCadXT (Free, emulates AutoCAD) 9 0.79%
Euclid 0 0%
FastCAD 4 0.35%
Flight Simulator Design Studio (FSDS) 1 0.09%
Generic CADD 4 0.35%
Modo 401 by Luxology 3 0.26%
MoI (Moment of Inspiration) 3D 4 0.35%
ProE 55 4.83%
progeCAD 9 0.79%
Qcad 19 1.67%
Rhino 3.0 22 1.93%
Rhino 4.0 109 9.58%
Sketchup (Free) 178 15.64%
Solid Edge 2D 9 0.79%
Solid Edge 24 2.11%
Solidworks 1997 through 2008 237 20.83%
Tsplines (Rhino plug-in) 8 0.70%
TurboCAD Deluxe 44 3.87%
TurboCAD Deluxe 10 13 1.14%
TurboCAD Designer 12 1.05%
Turbocad Designer V7 3 0.26%
TurboCAD Pro 36 3.16%
Turbocad Pro v. 14.2, with Mechanical pack 5 0.44%
Other 210 18.45%
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Old Jul 31, 2015, 01:01 PM
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I'm surprised there wasn't an OpenScad option - that's what I use for any 3D work.

With conventional CAD, you draw something using your mouse or pad - but then you most often have to type on the keyboard to set the exact dimensions and/or position of the thing you've just drawn.

With OpenScad, you type the whole thing in on the keyboard in the form of a "program" - but you can still see a visual of what you're designing and zoom/move/rotate it using the mouse.

With CAD, how often do you have to 'explode' something multiple times in order to get down to, say, a hole that you want to change the diameter of - and then having done that you have to merge all the primitives back together to get the component you began with.

With OpenScad you just scroll to the line in your program where you set the diameter of the hole, edit it, job done.

Bonus, it's free! Give it a try if you're interested - you might become another CAD convert!
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Old Jan 23, 2016, 01:05 PM
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DraftSight ( free version 2D)
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IGEMS ( 2D waterjet cad/cam software), Draftsman (excellent text software, limited cad capabilities), Alphacam (CNC Router cad/cam software).
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