FreeCAD will be a general purpose 3D CAD modeler. The development will be completely Open Source. As with many modern 3D CAD modelers it will have a 2D component in order to extract design detail from the 3D model to create 2D production drawings, although 2D (e.g. AutoCAD LT) is not the focus, neither are animation and organic shapes (e.g. Maya, 3D StudioMAX and Cinema 4D).
FreeCAD is aimed directly at mechanical engineering, product design and related features like CatiaV4 and V5, SolidWorks and Solid Edge, and therefore also falls into the category of MCAD, PLM, CAx and CAE. It will be a feature based parametric modeler with a modular software architecture which makes it easy to provide additional functionality without modifying the core system.
ProfiCAD is the quickest and easiest way to create electrical documentation and schematic diagrams. Although it is very easy to learn and use, it is a professional tool used by a wide range of customers.
- easy to learn and use - drag symbols into the drawing
- low system requirements - runs on any PC with Windows 2000 and higher
- supports Unicode - can use any language, any technical symbol
- ships with cca 700 symbols - new symbols can be easily created
- downloads quickly, installs quickly, starts quickly, takes 5MB on hard drive
ProfiCAD Home is free for non-commerical use.
progeCAD Smart! free DWG CAD
AutoCAD functionality for free personal use only. DWG 2008 DXF read and write. Similar icons, commands and interface. IntelliCAD AutoLISP interpreter,
temporary point snap (like oSnap), layers, blocks. Hatch, block and xref editing. 3D shading and rendering options. Optional approx. 10000 Symbols ALE library. This is the
long-awaited free successor to progeCAD LT 2006. Smart! is fully functional and powerful DWG based CAD software that is absolutely free for personal use only. There are
no rivals on the world free CAD scene in terms of AutoCAD compatibility and functionality. Smart! derives it's features directly from the professional codebase of progeCAD.
The software is easy to learn and simple to install.
Creo Elements/Direct Modeling Express
Creo Elements/Direct Modeling Express is a popular 3D CAD choice for leaders in product design who have short design cycles and frequent one-off designs. Its speed, flexibility and responsiveness to change also make it the ideal tool for short-series production runs. Download this free 3D CAD software and create assemblies with up to 60 unique parts. Use it as long as you like. Once youíve registered and downloaded the software, itís yours to use indefinitely.
VizUp 1.8 (last freeware version)
Many of the models that you create with the help of 3D modeling tools, as well as some models converted from CAD software can be very complex. These models may consist of hundreds of thousands, even millions of polygons and are practically useless for processing in real-time visualization systems.
VIZup is an easy-to-use tool for reducing and optimizing 3D models. With the help of VIZup, you can reach the optimal balance between the necessary details level and the size of 3D models. You can also use this software to reduce the number of polygons for your 3D models used in virtual reality and real-time visualization systems.
Decreasing the size of 3D models stored on the Web lets your users and customers download them much faster. Besides, this product can also be effectively used for Level-of-Details (LOD) generation.
Download (last freeware version)
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