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FreeCAD 0.16.6706

A powerful, open-source 3D CAD modeling tool

by Mike Williams

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License: Open Source
Operating Systems: Linux, Mac OS X, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English, Chinese (Simplified), Croatian, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 30 April 2017
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Downloads To Date: 9566
Developer: FreeCAD
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FreeCAD
A powerful, open-source 3D CAD modeling tool

FreeCAD is a powerful 3D CAD modeler and drawing tool which is targeted squarely at the mechanical engineering and product design fields. The program's 0.12 version number tells you it's not yet ready for prime time, but if you're interested in this area - particularly if you're familiar with Python scripting - then there's already plenty to explore here.

If you've samples to hand then FreeCAD can already import DXF, OCA/ GCAD, SVG, STP/ STEP, IGS/ IGES and other formats, a quick way to get started and see what the program can do.

But if you prefer then you can also create a new document from scratch. FreeCAD supports 2D objects like lines, rectangles, arcs or circles, as well as various 3D primitives (box, sphere, cylinder, cone, torus), each of which can then be manipulated in various ways (translation, rotation, mirroring, scaling, offset and more).

There are also plenty of mesh tools; a drawing module which exports projected views of your geometry to a 2D SVG document; and a raytracing module which exports your work for rendering in POV-Ray.

And Python code underlies all of this. Everything you do within the interface will issue some Python command, which you can examine. You can freely enter Python commands yourself if you need a little more flexibility, or even create macros by recording any particularly useful Python for replay later.

What's new in 0.16 (see changelog for more)?

- Support for expressions/formulas 
- Three new navigation styles: Gesture Navigation (with touchscreen support on Windows), Maya Navigation, and OpenCascade Navigation.
- Customization of workbenches list (list can be reordered, and any workbenches can be made hidden from the list)
- Recovery tool
- New save options (Revert, save as a copy)
- New homepage

Verdict:

There's plenty of work still to do, but FreeCAD already shows promise with plenty of highly configurable 3D modeling power on hand

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You can use it to send and receive text and voice messages, photos, videos, even call your friends in other countries, and because it uses your phone's internet connection it might not cost you anything at all (depending on whether you'll pay data charges).

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