There has been many posts about cad software in the past. However, many so
callled freeware are crippled commercial demo. Since it takes some effort to
learn a 3D cad software, I don't want to spend a lot of time to evaluate a
demo only to discover the feature I need is crippled. Therefore, your advice
I'm looking for a free (or the least expensive) cad program that
-allows exact dimensions to be entered (e.g. a piece of wood that is
3.5-inch by 1.5 inch by 8 feet)
-can output the design with all dimensions labeled, like an archetectural
-can view, rotate in 3D with simple surface (e.g. wood grain)
-can save/print the design
I checked out google's sketchup. It is easy enough to sketch, and I can even
enter dimensions of object. But that part doesn't seem very well developed.
I could not figure out how to enter the rotation angle of objects. Plus I
don't think it can produce an output with dimensions labeled. But then, I've
only spent 30 minutes playing with it.
What exactly are the differences between a modeling software and a CAD
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| I checked out google's sketchup. It is easy enough to sketch, and I
| can even enter dimensions of object. But that part doesn't seem
| very well developed. I could not figure out how to enter the
| rotation angle of objects. Plus I don't think it can produce an
| output with dimensions labeled. But then, I've only spent 30
| minutes playing with it.
| What exactly are the differences between a modeling software and a
| CAD software?
I've been using DesignCAD (and its DOS predecessor) for my woodworking
projects and I think it works fairly well. It's not free; but the last
time I checked, the price was under US$100, which seems like a good
price for what I got.
I will warn you, from both personal experience and hearsay, that any
richly-featured CAD package will present a significant learning
curve - probably more or less in proportion to the number of
capabilities built in...
[No afiliation with the publisher, etc.]
DeSoto, Iowa USA
IIRC IMSI was pretty basic. I used the arrow keys to draw lines. ;~)
BTY Autodesk sent me a tacky renewal letter stating that I could upgrade to
2007 for 4 or 5 hundred dollars until next spring, subscribe for about the
same price every year or do nothing and be on my own. So much for customer
support. You would think they would support their high priced products for
more than 2 product changes.
I finally down loaded IntelliCAD as you suggested and found it to be darn
near exactly like AutoCAD LT. There are a couple of commands that I could
not find, in particular the Tracking command. Other than that my next
upgrade will probably be to IntelliCAD. Thanks again for that suggestion.
Tracking is a feature that I, and many others, have been wanting for some
time. I'm sure they will get to it eventually. They do seem to be good about
honest improvements rather than just upgrades for the sake of money.
I used Sketch way back in the mid 80's and it was bought by Autodesk and
renamed AutoSketch. I had 3 or 4 versions of AutoSketch up to v2.1 and then
Autodesk offered me an up grade to AutoCAD LT about 10 years ago. I have
been using AutoCAD LT since. I may go back and try AutoSketch or move to
IntelliCAD which works 99% like AutoCAD LT if AutoCAD LT ever disagrees with
BTY there is a brand new CutList Plus version available now. 2006 is the
newest and individual print sheets layouts and labels can now be printed.
I agree, it would be going backwards. Howerver, it easy to learn, very
accurate and cheap. My post was really for those who are looking for new
software. However, if I'm going to shell out $500 + bucks for CAD
software, I think I would go with the industry standard as much as it irks
me. Remember all the old word processors and spreadsheet programs from the
Leon, price on Intellicad varies greatly from vendor to vendor. I bought
mine from CMS. The trial download version (from all venders) is the light
version. That same version from CMS is $51.95. The premium version (the one
I have) is 173.95.
Ohhhhhhhhh I did not know that. I was looking directly at the InrelliCAD
Oddly about 3 weeks ago I installed the pro version and it counts down the
evaluation days I have left but apparently I am doing something with
computer maintainence that starts the count down at 30 every week or so.
This count down has started over 2 times so far. I wonder if IE 7.0 is
Nope. Bought them for Notes. Still producing the other stuff though.
It's available from a number of sources--the history is that it was
developed by Visio and when Microsoft bought Visio they didn't want to be
in the CAD business so they spun it off to a consortium. For a while there
was a free version but that ended a long time ago.
Consortium members pay a flat fee to belong to the consortium (IIRC) and
then they can charge whatever they want to for the product. CMS
<http://www.intellicadms.com/store/catalog.asp?categoryID=Mg== is the low
price leader starting at 52 bucks.
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