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[DPRG] Can anybody suggest cheap and easy CAD software?

Subject: [DPRG] Can anybody suggest cheap and easy CAD software?
From: Andrew Lynch lyncas at gmail.com
Date: Thu Dec 11 14:43:53 CST 2008

Google Sketchup has a great evaluation and cheap professional CAD
capabilities.
http://sketchup.google.com/

You can take those CAD models and export them as STL so they convert to the
more CAD expensive programs like Solidworks , Inventor, or Pro-Engineer.

~Andrew Lynch

On Thu, Dec 11, 2008 at 2:23 PM, Sluggy! <sluggy9912 at swbell.net> wrote:

> --- On Thu, 12/11/08, brianmerritt at att.net <brianmerritt at att.net> wrote:
>
> > Can anybody out there suggest some CAD software that is cheap (or
> > freeware) and easy to use and learn?  I have tried a couple of
> > freeware packages but they leave a lot to be desired.  I need to have
> > .DXF formatted output (ACAD), but what I've seen so far can't read its
> > own .DXF output back in without screwing it up.
>
> It's not free forever (24.00 Euro for unrestricted version) and the tryout
> version is good for 100hr (10 minutes at a time; save often) but you might
> try QCad http://www.ribbonsoft.com/qcad.html
>
> It's multiplatform, uses DFX as it's native file format and does everything
> I've needed for 2D cad.
>
> Now, on my Fredora 7 system at work, I simply ran 'yum install qcad' and
> got it, unrestricted. Shrug...
>
> The client provided by http://www.emachineshop.com/ appears to be a custom
> version of QCad....
>
> Sluggy!
>
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