autocad and solidworks

Lluís Batlle i Rossell viriketo at
Wed Aug 24 04:25:14 EDT 2011

On Wed, Aug 24, 2011 at 10:07:31AM +0200, Bas Wijnen wrote:
> Jon Phillips schreef op wo 24-08-2011 om 13:22 [+0800]:
> > What would be the closest free software equivalents to Autocad and
> > solidworks, the solid modeller?
> Many people with Repraps and Makerbots use OpenSCAD, which is more like
> Povray than Autocad (because you need to write your model as text, not
> with point-and-click), but that's a feature, not a bug. ;-)  However, it
> isn't in Debian yet due to some library dependency issues (nothing
> license-related).

There is FreeCAD available, but I've not tried it. They try to achieve something
like solidworks. They offer a python shell for drawing with script.

There is qcad too, but only for 2d drawing.

> (OpenSCAD isn't even in the list, because it's a compiler, not an
> editor)
> The OpenSCAD page additionally mentions OpenCASCADE. No idea what that
> is.

OpenCascade is a *free library* for CAD, that most free cad programs use.


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