Free CAD software most similar to AutoCAD?

Discussion in 'Software' started by Cruising Happiness, Oct 9, 2020.

  1. Cruising Happiness
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    I learned AutoCAD years ago in school.

    Is there any free CAD software that is similar to what AutoCAD offered 10-15 years ago?
     
  2. jehardiman
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    Fusion 360, though it is more similar to Solid Works than AutoCAD. I had to draw naval architecture drawings with AutoCAD 2 to 2000 for about 20 years, really, RHINO is much better for 3D full shapes.
     
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    GNA CAD is free and pretty close to AutoCAD.
     
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  5. skyl4rk
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    Librecad is very good.
     
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  7. Cruising Happiness
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    Thank you!

    I didn't reply before now since I spent the whole weekend in Fusion 360!
     
  8. Cruising Happiness
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    After an hour or two, it started to work well for me, and now I'm hooked!

    Took the first day to learn to use assemblies instead of layers, and small details:
    paste new instead of paste or changes to the copied assembly changed the original! Oops.
    Oh and always check "new body", join, or cut. Keep getting caught by that one.

    After an hour or two, I started getting somewhere faster and I really enjoyed my weekend.

    Also...

    It works for up to 2 weeks offline
    (worked fine when my internet connection went offline yesterday. I avoided any cloud software because my internet connection isn't always always on. Fusion 360 let me kept working until the internet connection came back online.)

    It says users can renew the one year free personal subscription annually too.
    (want to be sure I can do other things for months or a year and then come back to my idea models in the future!)

    Thanks for the pointer to 360!!
     

  9. Cruising Happiness
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    Thanks! Fusion 360 is working great for basic 3D I want to do.

    I'm not sure if I can use its sketch function for 2D drawings to keep it in one program.

    Librecad looks more familiar for 2D. I also found "nanocad" when reading about Librecad.
     
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