FreeCAD – An Open Source and Multi Platform 3D CAD Software for Engineering Designs

Review or Functionality: Computer aided designing and modeling software are very useful for modern engineering design purposes. They offer wide variety of features and support both 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional drawings. The rendered 3d models will help us to understand the proposed structure closely and helps us to build real product more accurately. FreeCAD is free GPL Licensed 3D CAD modeler software which is useful for engineering designing purposes such as mechanical product design, architectural designs, and other general purpose designing applications. This 3D modeling software is completely free software and thus you can customize and can add any new extensions to enhance its application. FreeCad is parametric 3d modeling software and thus you can undo actions while designing or you can modify drawings as you are giving various parameters for modeling objects. It has different 2d shaped components for easy designing and you can extract 2d production design from the 3d models. FreeCad is open source software and thus you can customize it and can add various open source libraries such as OpenCascade, Coin3d, OpenInventor, etc and more. You can use python for scripting and also can use world famous UI framework Qt. Moreover you can use FreeCad as library by other programs also. FreeCad can run on almost all famous operating systems such as Windows, Linux, Unix, Mac OSX, etc and thus it is a multi platform 3d modeling software.

FreeCad has many features such as geometry kernel for complicated 3d functions on different shapes, it is parametrical and can undo actions, it is modular in nature and can add various plug-in or modules to enhance the functionality, you can import or export the design or drawing into different standard formats, it has a sketcher that allows you to make constrained geometry, it has robot simulation modules and drawing sheet modules to get 2d design from 3d models on a sheet, it has rendering module which help us to export 3d objects from some other render engine such as povray and more in future. Likewise this FreeCad has another module named architecture module which allows BIM and is IFC compatible. FreeCad is a completely GUI program and is very easy to use. It has very faster rendering options of 3d scenes and also has command line interface for certain other applications to get content. It has built-in scripting framework and a modular MSI installer for easy installation in windows OS. You can create box, sphere, cylinder, torus, vertices, wires and can do operations like rotation, scaling, mirroring, etc and more in 3d space. More over it has various testing and repairing tools such as solid test, self intersection test, etc. Moreover it provides full macro recording and editing options with python commands. This FreeCad is great 3d modeling software which is absolutely free in all sense and really useful for engineering designing. You can download FreeCad windows installer from this server.

Platform/System Requirements: Windows 32bit platforms
Browser Compatibility: Internet Explorer 8 and above, Firefox 3.5 and above, Chrome 1 and above, opera 10 and above, Netscape Navigator 9 and above, Opera 9.5 and above, Safari 4 and above.
This Version Released under Free Software License: GNU GPL V2, GNU LGPL V2. So this software is available free from the manufacturer. You are free to download this software without any cost.
End User License Agreement with Us: EULA
File Name: FreeCAD_0.12.5284_x86_setup.msi
File type: Windows Setup
File Size: 80.86 MB
Uninstall Information: You can uninstall FreeCAD from Add/Remove Programs (Programs and Features in Windows 7 or above) located in the Control Panel. Search for FreeCAD and right click, then select “Uninstall/Change”. Follow the prompts to finish the uninstallation.
Home Website for Source Code: freecadweb.org
Support/Contact: FreeCAD provides help and support with FAQ, online documentation, full tutorials, for asking questions there is forum and bug tracker for reporting bugs.

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