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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    2.4 stars

    out of 18 votes

    • 5 star: 3
    • 4 star: 3
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 9
  • Current version:

    2.4 stars

    out of 18 votes

    • 5 star: 3
    • 4 star: 3
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 9
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  • 1.0 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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  • 4.0 stars

    "A very simple and easy to understand program."

    May 3, 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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  • 2.0 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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  • 1.0 stars

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

    March 9, 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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  • 1.0 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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  • 4.0 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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  • 1.0 stars

    "not much of a program"

    January 23, 2008  |   By alburyants

    Version: FreeCAD 8

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  • 3.0 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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  • 1.0 stars

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

    September 22, 2007  |   By jalapanopepper

    Version: FreeCAD 8

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  • 4.0 stars

    "good"

    October 11, 2006  |   By ambuin

    Version: FreeCAD 8

    Pros

    easy

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