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 Post subject: free 2D CAD software from the makers of Solidworks
PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2011 10:35 am 
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Hi, I just downloaded a program called Darftsight and I'm playing with it.

Download link http://www.3ds.com/products/draftsight/download-draftsight/.

It's kind of Autocad like, and saves in DWG format. I haven't found any gotchas yet. It doesn't seem to "phone home".

I'm putting together a page of links to useful free software for my business blog. I'll probably link Blender and Inkscape also.

If you try it, a little feedback on this thread might help others.

As usual, I had a great time geeking out with all you Mad Scientists last night!

-Jim Hart


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 Post subject: Re: free 2D CAD software from the makers of Solidworks
PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2011 12:59 pm 
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Thanks for the tip, Boltz! Glad you were able to geek out with us yesterday!

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 Post subject: Re: free 2D CAD software from the makers of Solidworks
PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 4:00 pm 
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was able to put this to use today, thanks for the tip.


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 Post subject: Re: free 2D CAD software from the makers of Solidworks
PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 10:11 pm 
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Nice looking drawing! Can you tell us anything about the project?

Do you have Autocad experience, or are you starting from square one?

I have no experience with Autocad and a lot with Solidworks, so there is quite a bit that baffles me about Draftsight. Nonetheless, it outputs DXF's that I can cut on my router. I'm hoping people can use it to draw up stuff for me to make.

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 Post subject: Re: free 2D CAD software from the makers of Solidworks
PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2011 3:52 pm 
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I spent a bit of time going over the basics using auto cad on it's 30 day license but that is set to expire soon, tomorrow I think. http://www.we-r-here.com/cad/tutorials/index.htm is what I used.

This program seems to be exactly what I was asking for, not sure if there are other alternatives out there but so far this seems to be exactly what I need.

I would like to have a cad system with all the bells and whistles but I don't think my company is going to purchase autocad for me as we already have 3 cad techs.

This is a picture of a junction box for a 34.5kV Junction box as part of a collection system for a wind farm, I work for a wind energy company, it's for a paper I am working on.


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 Post subject: Re: free 2D CAD software from the makers of Solidworks
PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 2011 2:28 pm 
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34.5KV! Wow!

I forgot to mention Draftsight is also available for OS X and linux.

I haven't tried it yet, but theoretically you you could output a DXF from Draftsight, bounce it into Inkscape, and create g-code from the Inkscape plugin. That way you could prepare your design with the real drafting tools Inkscape lacks, like associative dimensioning and snappable tangents.

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