2D/3D CAD Systems
Alibre A light version of their commercial software. Parametric & feature based 3D modeler, which is fairly easy to use. 2D layout & detailing is fully associative with the 3D model. Shelling & booleans are not offered in this light version, but you are able to “Save” your models. Assembly is limited to 25 components. A powerful computer with lots of RAM is recommended to run this application.
Created by Alibre Inc.
CoCreate CoCreate offers a free personal edition 3D CAD modeler. The unique feature about CoCreate is that it does not use a history based modeling philosophy.
Created by CoCreate Software Inc.
Powershape-e Free 3D CAD designer using wireframe, surface, solid & triangle modeling. Files can only be saved in their propreitary format. Will run on XP but not on Windows 2000, 95, 98, Me or NT
Created by Delcam Inc.
GraphiteOne Software is free only for personal, educational, or research use. Works only on the Linux operating system. Has both 2D drafting and 3D designing ability.
Created by GraphiteOne.
CADVANCE A free 2D CAD system without any features crippled. The “Save” function is active and is Windows based. This used to be a commercial system back in the early ’90 through ’95, but since the company’s latest product is now CADVANCE 2000 they are distributing this older version free of charge.@5MB . Screenshot
Created by F.I.T. Inc
CadStd The well known completely free 2D drafting package with the “Save” functional. The system is fairly simple to use and is capable of being used for most drafting work. @1MB. Screenshot
Created by John Apperson.
Rhino A well known 3D modeller, Rhino provides the tools to accurately model your designs ready for rendering, animation, drafting, engineering, analysis, and manufacturing.You can “Save” your models 25 times, afterwhich the “Save” gets crippled.
Created by Robert McNeel & Associates
Dexter CAD The Dexterpen cad demo is a lite version of the full version. It is a light parametric 2D design software which allows you to alter dimensions using sliders to see the resulting changes in real-time.
Created by Owen F Ransen
Desi III A free fully functional 2D CAD program. The “Save” is working. A very professional program, and fairly easy to use. Although listed under Architecture CAD software, it can also be used for general mechanical CAD work. Good explanations have been provided for using the software. @2.5MB
Created by Hugo Marein