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Forum topic by bluplanet posted 865 days ago 1361 views 1 time favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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865 days ago

Dassault Systems, makers of SolidWorks, the most popular 3-D CAD system, has a “new” 2D product they offer for FREE!
I put “new” in quotes because, as far as I can tell, its AutoCAD 2D with different pictures on the buttons. All the familiar commands and shortcuts work. Even AutoLisp is fully functional.

They’re calling it DraftSight. You can download it here:
There are versions for Windows, Mac, and Linux. I’m using it on Ubuntu Linux and it works great!

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#1 posted 865 days ago

It’s funny, I went to college to major in drafting, yet I rarely use AutoCAD anymore… I usually just make quick assemblies in Inventor or SolidWorks.

Still may give this a shot though, I always love the word FREE. =p

-- "I suggest a new strategy, R2: let the Wookiee win."

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#2 posted 865 days ago

Free is good, I’ll have to try it. Is it vector based?

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#3 posted 865 days ago

re: vector based
Its whatever AutoCAD is. Its identical as far as I can tell.

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#4 posted 865 days ago

Yep, free is good and if it works for you go with it. You can also easily do 3D in a 2D cad system by doing 3d projections. I did this several years ago in Autocad using projections instead of 3d rendering. It’s based on 10 degree projections.
No need to spend the big bucks for Autocad when there are several clones that work just as good.
I’ve heard several good reviews on DraftSight.

-- Bruce

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#5 posted 865 days ago

I used DraftSight before but switched to AutoCAD. Draftsight is very good for the 2D but I was using AutoCAD in school and I couldn’t switch from the two, it just completely screwed with my brain. I’ll be trying to use a feature that’s AutoCAD only while using DraftSight and I’d think to myself, “Wait a minute… That feature isn’t even here!”

-- --Tyrone - BC, Canada "Nothing is ever perfect, we just run out of time."

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#6 posted 865 days ago

Solid Edge also has a robust free 2d cad program. I’ve got it on another machine.

-- Bruce

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#7 posted 430 days ago

Hello all. Can someone please contact Dan’um Style for me? I just joined lumberjocks tonight and have to post 5 replies to be eligible to contact him. This is reply #1 to a forum topic. In particular I’m looking for a copy of AutoCad release 14. I just purchased a CalComp Model 1023 pen plotter and finding it nearly impossible to find the software to run it. If anyone can help me, I would really appreciate it!

Also, does anyone know of an alternate software that would work?

Ron / 48(zero) – 695 – 447(zero)
ronaddsvalue@gmail . com

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#8 posted 429 days ago

I will be checking it out! Thanks!

-- Tony -

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