Your favourite OpenSource CAD?
Years ago I was spoiled by having access to AutoCAD. Now that I’ve got the making-but again, I’d like to design some things in CAD.
I’ve tried FreeCAD but am a bit confused by it and am wondering if I should continue figuring it out or is there a better package? So, anybody have a recommendations?
Or, if you’re a FreeCAD pro, I’d buy you a coffee if you’d get together with me and show me the magic.
FreeCAD is a bit different because its parametric.
I started using it about a year ago, but have since switched to using OnShape (www.onshape.com)
OnShape has lots of excellent tutorial videos.
Librecad works fine as long as you’re only working within it and are sticking to 2d, I have found that it doesnt play nice with AutoCad when it comes to layers. I use Sketchup for 99% of what I do now because its very intuitive.
A bit offtopic: is there any open-source 3-axis CAM software to generate G-code for machines like that yellow thingy sitting at the makerspace?.. I’ve found “free” VisualCAM, but it can only perform cut-along-one-axis-then-another cuts and wants me to pay money (haha!) to do other stuff (like perimeters).
Fusion 360 is free for hobbyist and includes a fantastic integrated CAM package.
JSCut: http://jscut.org/ is free, runs in any browser. I’ve not used it before, and I don’t imagine its as fully featured as some of the others.
I use SheetCAM (purchased) and CAMBam (also purchased) since they’re both available for Linux.