Free cad Tools

Top 5 Free CAD Software Packages

If you are a college graduate or entrepreneur who don’t wants to invest in 3D CAD software. But still require cad software for 3D cad modeling, reviewing cad design etc. In this scenario free CAD software can be a good choice. Various free cad software are available in market.

We suggest you to read this article on essential software for mechanical engineers.

Fusion 360 ( free cad software for students and startup)

Fusion 360 is a professional Cloud Based 3D CAD, CAM and CAE tool that connects entire product development process. This tool gives you the power to test fit and motion, Perform simulation create assemblies, Make renders and animations.

Note : For students, startup and Hobbyist fusion 360 software is available  free.

Overview
Operating System Windows, macOS
Price Free (for Students and startups)
Format catpart, dwg, dxf, f3d, igs, obj, pdf, sat, sldprt, STL, stp
Cloud Based Yes
Applications Professional Use, Free for Startups and students
Other Features CAD, CAM, CAE
Website Link Autodesk Fusion 360

SketchUp Free 

Sketchup, is a 3D modeling CAD tool primarily used for building design and construction in the architecture, engineering and construction industry. It is also widely used in the entertainment industry.

 SketchUp is best known by the ease of use. Drawing with sketchup is as simple as drawing with a pen and paper. Sketchup is an ideal cad tool for beginners looking to visualize their architecture or construction plan. One of best sketchup feature is its vast library of plugins that allows users to use the program for various purposes.
 
Note: Sketchup Free is available as a web-based application.
Overview
Operating System Windows, macOS
Price Free (with limited functionality)
Format .skp, stl, png
Browser Based Yes
Applications architecture, engineering and construction industry
Photo-realistic Render Limited
Website Link Sketchup Free

3D Slash

For those who are not from technical background 3D modeling was always a tricky affair. But 3D slash has made 3D modeling so easy that even kids can do it. kids can use this software to show their creativity.

Its Fun to use 3D slash, Learning curve is small. You can generate output files in stl format, that can be used for 3D printing. 3D slash can be used online as well as offline.

Overview
Operating System Windows, macOS, Linux
Price Free (pro is also available)
Format 3dslash, stl, obj
Browser Based Yes
Applications Hobbyist, Kids
Photo-realistic Render No
Website Link 3D Slash

FreeCAD is an open-source parametric 3D modeler made primarily to design real-life objects of any size. Parametric modeling allows you to easily modify your design by going back into your model history and changing its parameters. FreeCAD is available free to download.

FreeCAD Overview
Operating SystemWindows, macOS
PriceFree (Opensource)
Formatfcstd
Browser Basedno
ApplicationsArchitects, Interior Designers
Photo-realistic RenderYes
Website LinkFreeCAD

Onshape is a cloud based CAD, data management collaboration tool. It is also available in android and ios app. It is very advanced tool that helps in modernizing complete design process.

Onshape Overview
Operating SystemBrowser based, Android and ios app
PriceFree (students and non professionals)
Format
Browser BasedYes
ApplicationsProfessionals
Photo-realistic RenderNo
Website Linkonshape

Conclusion

To sum up, if you are a startup and don’t want to invest in costly cad software. You can use these free cad software. For some of these software pro version is also available. But are still have low cost and some of them are cloud based. Cloud based software does not require high investment in hardware. 

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