Assisted Drafting) come in a variety of formats. Some capable of
3D modeling and other 2D. It all depend on what the pocket book allows
you to spend. You can also find some FREE software that can do the job.
My native program is AutoCAD, however this tools is far more the tool needed to make 2D drawing to construct model planes. You could probably find something on the WEB that suits your need for the right price. Below are some suggestions on popular CAD software, however not all are affordable.
Recently I have discovered a full CAD program in the $200 to $350 USD range and will provide the tools to developed 2D or 3D plans of your project. IntelliCAD was an open source CAD program at one time now being developed by several firms into various disciplines. Professionally this program is highly recommendable for the price. they are also customizable and support VBA. This allows for new tools to be developed through VBA (Visual Basic for Applications).
For some of these higher end products you may want to investigate the
student version for your personal use.
CAD programs in $200 range
TurboCAD a good rounded program will handle most task. Also a DWG format.
CADPro 3.0 An Ordinary Person without any drafting experience can master CADPro with ease.
QCad is a open-source 2D CAD system for Linux, various Unices and Windows. The developers main goals are to build a stable, fast and easy to use CAD for everyone. One doesn't need any knowledge of a CAD program to start working with QCad There is a small license fee
DeltaCAD World's easiest CAD Program
Cheap Software It is like shopping wholesale. You will find something here.
CARARA5 Is not a CAD program but has all the 3D modeling abilities to build 3D models
The free versions are fully capable. No time-outs; no critical features disabled, such as saving to file; no advertising. These are significant packages, ideal for the small shop, student, and hobbyist.
Be clear that this isn't CAD welfare by corporations for corporations. These CAD programs are free in the hopes of (1) increasing mindshare; (2) upgrading from the fee version, plus ancillary costs; and collecting data on potential customers. After all, the easiest person to sell to is an existing customer (provided said customers don't hate your guts for screwing them around).
MicroStation PowerDraft to anyone able to pass themselves off as a student as an introduction to the product this is worth checking out.
Google SketchUp (free) is an easy-to-learn 3D modeling program that enables you to explore the world in 3D
Alibre Design Xpress Ready to get started with a real parametric solid modeler, but don't want to spend a bundle? Alibre Design Xpress delivers the features you need to tackle projects for your business or hobby. Part Modeling, Assembly Modeling, 2D Drawing and Detailing, Support and Training
PowerSHAPE-e Is a 3D surface modeler, also have developed a series of materials created to train the next generation of product designers on these powerful tools
The Largest and Best
Collection of CAD Shareware, Freeware and Free Trial Software. Definitely
the place to find something you will ultimately use.
Autodesk DWG TrueView™ FREE* download to accurately view, plot, and publish authentic DWG files.
ProgeSOFT DWG Viewer FREE high-performance review, measure, and plotting tool for digital design data
Free DWG Viewer By Informative Graphics Corporation a viewer for DWG / DXF / DWF / CSF on the desktop.
eDrawings - 2D CAD and 3D CAD Viewer and Publisher by SolidWorks
Cadalog.com has a large resource to choose from. My personal favorite in finding modes (code routines)
CAD CAM and CNC Machining Related Sources This site offers a good look at the variety of cad packages
CADFAMILY a place to find help by the pros with CAD
OH YEAH! CAD! from Cadalog one of my favorite for blocks
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The Largest and Best Collection of CAD Shareware, Freeware and Free Trial
CadCARD to assist in explaining
many concepts such as scale and its effect on drawing elements.
ModelCAD AutoCAD 2D & 3D library
DWG gateway a free plug in viewer for AutoCAD allow you to view file from any version
I have an other site that is dedicated to tools and projects. Let me know what you think.
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