FreeCAD

Average User Rating:
2.4
out of 18 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    8
  • Total Downloads:
    208,568
  • Date Added:
    May 08, 2004
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    6.21MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    34
  • Platform:
    Windows
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1 stars

"Not the real FreeCAD"

September 12, 2011  |  By tomascg

 |  Version: FreeCAD 8

Pros

On CNET. CNET is awesome.

Cons

Not the real FreeCAD.

Summary

FreeCAD is great, but I'm talking about the one developed by Juergen Riegel, Werner Mayer, and Yorik van Havre. The most recent version is 0.11 (release date 2011/05/03). Don't let the version sway you, it is a powerful CAD program. Look for it. It is way better than this one. Another powerful open source CAD program is BLR-CAD, but it is much harder to use and not compatible with other CAD programs.

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4 stars

"A very simple and easy to understand program."

May 03, 2010  |  By snoopzx1

 |  Version: FreeCAD 8

Pros

Easy to use, did not use alot of disk space.

Cons

Not state of the art, engineering design level.

Summary

A simple to use program.

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2 stars

"Does not come up after the "run" pop-up in XP SP 2."

May 19, 2009  |  By indrajit_p

 |  Version: FreeCAD 8

Pros

ould not use it.

Cons

could not use it.

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1 stars

"Could not construct cube in seconds as with other CADs"

March 09, 2009  |  By asawho

 |  Version: FreeCAD 8

Pros

Pros? I uninstalled it, wasn't worth the hassle !

Cons

Reminds me of 80s programs!

Summary

I have simple test for ease of use,FreeCAD8 failed,I moved on. :)

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1 stars

"Lame"

August 16, 2008  |  By Tahuyahick

 |  Version: FreeCAD 8

Pros

It doesn't crash my computer. It actually runs, and seems to do what it's said to do, which is to run animations of mechanical assemblies.

Cons

Odd interface, menu bar seems to be a mix of menus and command shortcuts. Help and tutorials are even weirder, with a minimalist approach in all of the documentation that requires that you already know how to use this particular program to understand it. Non-intuitive drawing interface. I keep getting the feeling that I'm in the presence of a long-winded science teacher who does not care so much about results or getting work done, but would rather spend all day teaching abstract concepts using flow-charts. Non-intuitive. Using this program is like dragging fingernails across a chalk-board. It looks like this is really geared towards importing a 2D *.dxf sketch of each component you need to animate, as the first FreeCAD tutorial emphasized the extrusion of 2D objects to get 3D shapes. I didn't wade through it enough to see if there was a way to import 3D shapes, which if there is should be advertised up front. Basically, you will need to use some other drawing program that can export dxf files. Considering the drawing limitations of FreeCAD, I would recommend drawing your entire model using other software. I'm thinking I should just purchase Autodesk's Inventor and just get everything done right to start with.

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4 stars

"Met my needs."

May 19, 2008  |  By OldReds

 |  Version: FreeCAD 8

Pros

It is a straight forward program, easy to figure out how to use it. The program was easy to install and did not cause any conflicts or programs to hangup.

Cons

This program would be great if some plug-in were offered.

It would be nice to have a floor plan plug in and furniture, cabinets etc. that could placed in the rooms and adjusted for size based on dimensions of the room.

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1 stars

"not much of a program"

January 23, 2008  |  By alburyants

 |  Version: FreeCAD 8

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3 stars

"OK for kinematics(4-bar mechanisms, etc), NG for dynamics"

September 27, 2007  |  By mikedwy

 |  Version: FreeCAD 8

Pros

Basically, the author says do the examples OR forget about it. That's the only way to figure out the weird structure and the "tree view".

I like the kinematic aspects, but the dynamics are really weird except for gravity loading. The author uses notation for the dynamic loads that is unreasonably complex, especially for an older engineer.

This is NOT a Cad program for modeling or drafting, it is a kinematic and dynamic simulation and analysis program for mechanical engineers.

But, if you can't afford Pro-E Mechanica, then spend $35 and buy Cadsm which is the colorized version with dxf import. Works fine on XP.

Cons

If you find out how to use his dynamic loading notation, please let me know.

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1 stars

"was hard to use, advertisements in the program were annoying"

September 22, 2007  |  By jalapanopepper

 |  Version: FreeCAD 8

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4 stars

"good"

October 11, 2006  |  By ambuin

 |  Version: FreeCAD 8

Pros

easy

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General
Publisher Askoh
Publisher web site http://www.ar-cad.com/
Release Date May 08, 2004
Date Added May 08, 2004
Version 8
Category
Category Graphic Design Software
Subcategory 3D Modeling Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows NT, Windows Vista, Windows Me, Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows 95, Windows XP, Windows
Additional Requirements Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/Vista
Download Information
File Size 6.21MB
File Name freecad8.zip
Popularity
Total Downloads 208,568
Downloads Last Week 34
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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