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Forum topic by bluplanet posted 04-18-2012 01:06 AM 2240 views 1 time favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-18-2012 01:06 AM

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 04-18-2012 02:17 AM

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 04-18-2012 02:30 AM

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

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#3 posted 04-18-2012 03:14 AM

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

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#4 posted 04-18-2012 03:33 AM

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 Free Plans

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#5 posted 04-18-2012 03:43 AM

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 04-18-2012 04:28 AM

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

-- Bruce Free Plans

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#7 posted 06-27-2013 05:10 AM

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 06-28-2013 03:44 AM

I will be checking it out! Thanks!

-- Tony -

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