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"Advanced Parametric 3D Modelling ideal for Mechanical Projects"

What do you like best?

The recent Freecad 0.18 adds in an excellent 3 axis movement tool for onscreen manipulation of parts or objects in your model. This feature alone has saved me 90% of the time I used to waste on visually and accurately aligning and adjusting the position of objects relative to one another as opposed to straight parametric value entry.

I have been using FreeCad since 0.15 and it has evolved into a very fast stable platform capable of anything I need done within our complex mechanical model. Having worked with Autodesk and Solidworks in the past its a b reath of fresh air.

Also the macro function works extremely well for creating animations and the built in Python console and interpretive language is useful for more complex animations or automation of part builds through a form.

What do you dislike?

The export function to other formats requires a 3rd party add on for Solidworks, which lags behind the latest Solidworks formats, which can be a problem if you are working with contractors or also a contractor supplying work into a Solidworks environment, as you will likely end up sending export files in a recent but not exactly current Solidworks format.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you are working in the mechanical engineering design space as a contractor or business, look no further. FreeCAD is ready for prime time mechanical design as of FreeCad 0.17.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

FreeCad solved the biggest problem for most in my case which is budget for Big CAD software, I did not have one. FreeCad was able to import my airfoil .dat files flawlessly and scale them to the correct size with the clone function in the Draw pallete, which is extremely useful for rapidly scaling up a model, as are the mirror tool in the Parts palette. Also FreeCad makes it easy to build with basic 3D shape geometry and rapidly create wires, faces from object edges or vertices used by the Parts palette extrusion and lofting tools.

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"Its Awesome and its Free"

What do you like best?

the best thing about freecad is that its free. in the world where other cad software such as AutoCAD cost a lot this is one of the best alternative solutions. the program is simple and i finding a simple learning curve to the program. also the program doesn't need a lot of memory or CPU to run smoothly.this program doesn't have all the features and quality of other CAD software but for mechanical designing, this is a great tool. the interface of the software is simple enough and not too complicated. it supports multiple operating systems and so many people can take advantage of it. path module is another part i liked about the software. while designing mechanical or electrical circuits i can see its working and easily make adjustments wherever its necessary. there are also many build is models to get you going at first,

What do you dislike?

the features are too limited for complicated designing. it's very hard to get textures and fine details while designing in freeCAD. the addons available for the program is very limited. as its a free software the support is not good enough, there are many forums but you cant run to someone for an immediate help

Recommendations to others considering the product:

the program is free to use and got enough features to get you going. try and find for yourself

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

freeCAD is a designing software. i used it to design mechanical and electrical circuits. the software is free so its worth it.

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"Powerful drawing tool"

What do you like best?

Freecad is an excellent free 3D modeling tool, it has many drawing and model options, it offers the same virtues as other programs, but freecad is totally free. It also has the incredible advantage that addon can be added

What do you dislike?

What I do not like about FreeCAD, is that it is difficult to start using it if a tutorial is not followed previously, the interface is not intuitive.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Before using FreeCAD, do tutorials, otherwise you will not be able to use all your capabilities correctly. It is the best free design tool that exists.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Once the tutorials are done you can use freecad in the same way as other paid software, which allows you to have computers with this software without paying licenses.

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"A basic user "

What do you like best?

I really enjoy how many tools are provided in this software considering it is a free one. I have a very basic understanding of it but I am learning more and more each time I use it.

What do you dislike?

For beginners it isn’t the easierst software to get into. But not impossible to learn.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Like I said before it isn’t the best software to start out with if you’re getting into cad.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It has helped me create simple parts for my props.

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" Awesome software to take your imagination to 3D world "

What do you like best?

It is completely open source .

It can also be used as a library by the other programs too.

It is multi platform with same functionalities on all the platforms which is one of the best part of it.

What do you dislike?

can not provide texts on the drawings

2D to 3D CAD conversion is not possible

Recommendations to others considering the product:

still under heavy development and not ready for the production use

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

for the making of 3D modellings of products before the production

for the product designing consistency

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"like solidworks"

What do you like best?

open source and free, it's an alternative to Solidworks and Catia for simple use, more modules have to be implemented but as an open source software it can be hard to do it, so do not count on it. perfect to learn CAD because it's free and run the same way as any other CAD software run. good base.

What do you dislike?

the fact that it's open source is a bit annoying because the team does not have planning for each version so you have to wait for functions to be implemented.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

a real alternative to major as Catia or Solidworks in their simple function but a great alternative for learning principles of CAD software. and much more, it's free.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

can open a wide range of file format ( as .stp / .igs ....etc ), can make plan of thing that a supplier send you in order to check it. very easy to use.

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"All the capabilities for free"

What do you like best?

FreeCAD is a creative commons software which will allow you to create all the 3D models you need. In fact , with freecad you can do vectorial analisis that you cannot do with other expensive applications. One of the capabilities that i use the most is the recognition of .stl file to editable models.

What do you dislike?

The start of use FreeCAD is difficult because is not very intuitive as other 3D application. Nevertheless, as soon as you get us to the FreeCAD is quite simple to use it.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Is a creative commons software so the support in the internet is impressive

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use for desing 3D models and convertion of stl files

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"Free Cad!"

What do you like best?

The instructions are great, they are very clear and step by step. Definitely helps when are you just starting CAD!

What do you dislike?

It Seems to run a bit slow, even on a new computer, i have no used it enough yet to really find real flaws!

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Building Theaters

Project Management

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"Good tool for 3D Modeling"

What do you like best?

It is open source and can be used in a number of contexts in addition to professional context

What do you dislike?

Some of the features of the products can be made more user friendly to use

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As an engineer, it enables one to effectively mock-up 3D models

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"Easy to use"

What do you like best?

It's pretty straightforward, but I like that any question can easily be resolved with a quick search.

What do you dislike?

I don't dislike much about it. It's pretty comprehensive for what I need.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It's help me design layouts for games among other things.

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"Free of cost tool for 3D Modelling"

What do you like best?

It is free!! It is perfect for students who want to get exposure to 3D Modelling

What do you dislike?

Certain features can be improved and made more intuitive

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As a mechanical engineer, I had to use CAD extensively

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"free solid modeling on many platforms"

What do you like best?

* it's free!

* works ok for simple programs

* works on linux

What do you dislike?

* the software can be buggy -- save often!

Recommendations to others considering the product:

also consider Onshape and Fusion360

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

designing simple fixtures and prototypes

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"Easy to use CAD software"

What do you like best?

It was free, which is appealing for start up companies.

What do you dislike?

Some parts of it were clunky, but the help section was useful.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Trying to model PCBAs with physical objects. Prevented respinning the board.

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"What you're looking for "

What do you like best?

I enjoyed the accessibility and ease of learning along with the excellent customer care.

What do you dislike?

Would love real time tech assistance, otherwise I am extremely happy with the product

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Ability to move up in my company

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"Awesome software"

What do you like best?

The work benches are very helpful and efficient.

What do you dislike?

Nothing much to dislike here.Its very good to use actually.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Yes start using the workbenches

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Designing prototypes for stylesus.For other applications like moulds transformer cores etc accordinlgy

FreeCAD Features

  • Drawing Tools
  • Editing Tools
  • Text Editing Tools
  • 3D/solid modeling Tools
  • Rendering Tools
  • Import Files

FreeCAD User Ratings

7.9
Ease of Use
Average: 8.5*
8.7
Quality of Support
Average: 8.5*
10.0
Ease of Setup
Average: 8.5*
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