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Topics => Product Design => Topic started by: BulletMagnet83 on Jul 12, 2012, 05:44 pm

Title: 2D CAD software recommendations?
Post by: BulletMagnet83 on Jul 12, 2012, 05:44 pm
What do you guys like? Open-source/free preferred as I am a tightwad and don't like to buy software unless it's going to give me some return on investment.

I want to be able to produce detailed front panel hole layouts etc, so I can pass them on to friends with milling machines and bribe them with beer money to machine them out for me :) At least, until I can afford my own machine to learn on... and I don't fancy the arse-ache of dremelling out d-type connector holes or similar.

Title: Re: 2D CAD software recommendations?
Post by: n3qik on Oct 01, 2012, 03:36 am
Used this many years ago. Was ok.

http://qcadbin-win.sourceforge.net/

Title: Re: 2D CAD software recommendations?
Post by: 0miker0 on Oct 10, 2012, 03:50 pm
I've never used it but Draftsight is free: http://www.3ds.com/products/draftsight/overview/

I hear it's similar to Autocad and free unless you want tech support.

Mike
Title: Re: 2D CAD software recommendations?
Post by: Space_Penguin on Oct 12, 2012, 04:23 pm
Hey I use Microspot MacDraft :) http://www.microspot.com/products/macdraft/index.htm
Title: Re: 2D CAD software recommendations?
Post by: Lakes on Oct 21, 2012, 12:26 pm
I`ve just downloaded this
http://www.frontpanelexpress.com/download/front-panel-designer/index.html (http://www.frontpanelexpress.com/download/front-panel-designer/index.html)
as it seems just what I was looking for, and its FREE! :D

http://www.frontpanelexpress.com/support/overview/index.html (http://www.frontpanelexpress.com/support/overview/index.html)
http://www.frontpanelexpress.com/support/tips-tricks/index.html (http://www.frontpanelexpress.com/support/tips-tricks/index.html)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KteGr_wcfk (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KteGr_wcfk)
Title: Re: 2D CAD software recommendations?
Post by: Lakes on Oct 22, 2012, 11:23 am
TurboCad 15 for FREE!! (for Uk users, else you need to use a proxy)

http://www.paulthecad.co.uk/shop/regtcd15.php (http://www.paulthecad.co.uk/shop/regtcd15.php)

Note: It me a few tries to get the code for this, when it works you will see a page like this
(http://i.imgur.com/aUVjY.jpg)

Title: Re: 2D CAD software recommendations?
Post by: liuzengqiang on Nov 09, 2012, 03:40 am
If you are associated with a college or university, look for CorelCAD or CorelDraw. I am using a very old version of CorelDraw. Reminds me the heydays of windows XP but works just fine for laser cutting panel designs I do.