5 More Best Free Linux CAD Tools
Computer-aided design (CAD) is the use of computer technology
to design objects, real or virtual. It often refers
to the drafting (technical drawing and engineering drawing) of a part
or product, including entire buildings. However, CAD software is used
in a wide variety of other fields such as electronics and woven
fabrics. CAD is prevalent in industry that uses design modelling or
prototyping of graphical architectural depictions. CAD
software is also widely used in automotive, prosthetics,
shipbuilding, and aerospace industries, in all instances saving a
considerable amount of time and money for designers. CAD
software helps designers investigate design ideas, visualize
concepts through animations and photorealistic renderings, and simulate
how a design will perform in the real world.
Proprietary CAD applications can cost thousands of dollars.
independent designers, the cost of CAD software can be a real
barrier. Fortunately, there is a good range of open source software
that is available to download for no charge.
The feature 6
of the Best Free Linux CAD Software, written in
June 2009, highlighted our personal picks in open source CAD software
at that time. However, we have witnessed other applications which have
seen considerable development. The purpose of this article is
therefore to identify these applications omitted from the original
article, all of which are also definitely worth evaluating.
We have not included DraftSight in the list below, but it is
worthy of a special mention. Whilst DraftSight is a highly commendable
freeware 2D CAD product which is extremely useful for engineers,
architects, and designers, the application is released under a
proprietary software license.
To provide an insight into the quality of software that is
available, we have compiled a list of 5 CAD tools. All of these tools
are released under a freely distributable license.
So let's explore the 5 CAD tools at hand. For
each application we have compiled its own portal page, a full
description with an in-depth analysis of its features, a screenshot,
together with links to relevant resources and reviews.
||Fully comprehensive 2D CAD application
3D OpenGL viewer, program interpreter, and a programming interface
||Software suite for the creation of electronic schematics
design and plotting software
|Create solid 3D CAD objects
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