LumberJocks

For those familiar with 2D AutoCAD...

  • Advertise with us

« back to Woodworking Skill Share forum

Forum topic by bluplanet posted 866 days ago 1363 views 1 time favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View bluplanet's profile

bluplanet

31 posts in 1298 days


866 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: http://www.3ds.com/products/draftsight/download-draftsight/
There are versions for Windows, Mac, and Linux. I’m using it on Ubuntu Linux and it works great!


8 replies so far

View nick85's profile

nick85

39 posts in 883 days


#1 posted 866 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."

View bondogaposis's profile

bondogaposis

2498 posts in 988 days


#2 posted 866 days ago

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

-- Bondo Gaposis

View bluplanet's profile

bluplanet

31 posts in 1298 days


#3 posted 866 days ago

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

View bruc101's profile

bruc101

564 posts in 2178 days


#4 posted 866 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 http://plans.sawmillvalley.org http://www.sawmillgirls.com

View Tyrone D's profile

Tyrone D

314 posts in 969 days


#5 posted 866 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."

View bruc101's profile

bruc101

564 posts in 2178 days


#6 posted 866 days ago

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

http://www.plm.automation.siemens.com/en_us/products/velocity/solidedge/free2d/

-- Bruce http://plans.sawmillvalley.org http://www.sawmillgirls.com

View addvalue's profile

addvalue

8 posts in 431 days


#7 posted 431 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

View Tony Strupulis's profile

Tony Strupulis

240 posts in 1760 days


#8 posted 430 days ago

I will be checking it out! Thanks!

-- Tony - http://ravensedgetoolworks.com

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase