Become a CAD user in 30 minutes with Free CAD

CAD software is simple and does not require much effort to start with basic modeling. In this article I will explain the basic principles of CAD modeling and will make a simple model in freeware CAD (called FreeCAD).   About free CAD software. Good news is that these days you don’t need buying CAD software license to start working with it. Simple CAD freeware would suite basic tasks and can help you getting familiar with basic modeling techniques. As soon as you feel that you need something more advanced, you can try some mid-market commercial packages. Most of them have a trial period and, if you are already a confident CAD user, this period is enough for deciding whether the software suits you. Each software has its …

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om3DCAD – free 3D CAD for Android, review and modeling example

Introduction. Om3DCAD  is free CAD application for 3D modeling and CAD file conversion for Android. It has some very basic (non-parametric) modeling tools and, it imports/exports files in multiple formats (STEP, IGES, STL, OBJ). Here I would share my first experience with the tool and will describe a way to make a simple model. Modeling example. The aim is to model a protection cover for a plug (eurosocket type C). The idea came after such plug got broken. During the testing I would check STEP import and STL export (for the following 3D printing). It will include a test of few modeling features. Tested on Nexus 7. The following video can be used as a fast start instruction for the system. Conclusion. Overall, Om3DCAD is …

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