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Brucem
31-08-2012, 05:48 PM
I would like to get a CAD (Computer Aided Design) program. I was using Imagineer Technical with Win98, but it won't work in XP, I got an error message about a missing ordinal. I could update Imagineer, but at last check it would cost about $1200! Is there a shareware program out there that will work reliably?

stratex5
31-08-2012, 05:50 PM
Google Sketchup?

Hopper
31-08-2012, 06:10 PM
Alibre does a free trial and purchase is not too expensive!

Speedy Gonzales
31-08-2012, 06:30 PM
Freecad is free. So is Draftsight. Blender is also free. I think it can do CAD

Bobh
31-08-2012, 06:33 PM
Ashampoo 3D CAD might be worth checking out. See here (https://www.ashampoo.com/en/usd/pin/0460/CAD_and_Construction/Ashampoo-3D-CAD-Architecture-3). They keep offering it to me by email advertising but as I do not have a use for it I have not taken up their offer.

I was in Pak n Save this afternoon and I noticed that one of the Australian Computer magazines has a DVD offering free Ashampoo programmes (not the latest versions). I am not sure if 3D CAD was included or not.

Terry Porritt
31-08-2012, 06:59 PM
VectorEngineer may be worth looking at, cheap and cheerful, the free version is even more cheap and cheerful.

http://www.vectorengineer.com/

gary67
31-08-2012, 08:54 PM
Freecad works similar to commercial apps, Blender is much harder to learn

hueybot3000
31-08-2012, 09:10 PM
Depends entirely on what your using it for. Sketchup is good, the pro version gives you layout as well which is good if its more architectural stuff.

Agent_24
01-09-2012, 12:50 AM
Blender is for 3D modeling in more of an artistic sense. Difficult to use it for engineering CAD work as it is not designed for such use.

Not impossible though, and if you're a masochist you might quite prefer it for CAD!

R2x1
01-09-2012, 09:03 AM
VectorEngineer may be worth looking at, cheap and cheerful, the free version is even more cheap and cheerful.

http://www.vectorengineer.com/

It seems pretty reasonable at first glance, a bit of a nuisance that it eschews .dwg files though. The isometric ability is a welcome surprise.

And on a different note re 3DCAD, nothing from Ashampoo has ever remained on my hard drive for very long, it might as well be designed by Susanne Paul.

Brucem
04-09-2012, 12:57 PM
Thanks guys, I have downloaded the free version of VectorEngineer, but haven't had a chance to really look at it yet. If it looks OK I will get the full version.

Gobe1
04-09-2012, 02:17 PM
+1 for draftsight, also 2deditor is the solidworks version which users all the autocad commands

Also nanocad is free but i havent tried it yet

EDIT: you will find nothing free does 3d but some of the free products are pretty good if you just want to do 2d drawings, no need to pay anything

Agent_24
04-09-2012, 02:34 PM
For the record, I have used PTC Pro/Desktop in the past and found it quite good for what I wanted. Not free though.