Recommended free SW for Mac?

Discussion in 'Software' started by Niko Nuotio, Nov 13, 2021.

  1. Niko Nuotio
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    Any recommendations for a free design SW for Mac? Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Flotation
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    CAD software for MAC is scarce, if you are serious about using your computer as a boat design tool consider dual booting into Windows.
     
  3. pafurijaz
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    Here a comprehensive list of free apps for Mac https://all3dp.com/2/best-free-cad-software-for-mac/
    my choices

    3D parametric CAD
    https://www.freecadweb.org/
    Onshape Free Plan | Onshape https://www.onshape.com/en/products/free
    https://www.shapr3d.com/mac-os

    PCB board design
    DesignSpark https://www.rs-online.com/designspark/home

    2D CAD
    QCAD - Download https://www.qcad.org/en/download

    Not a real CAD but you can do many things if you know how, now also with many add-on to do parametric design and export into IGES very versatile used in architecture and much more.
    https://www.blender.org/
    link about Blender --> add-on to export into IGES, Parametric Add-on for drafting with constraint --> Geometry Sketcher
    Some hulls made with Blender ---> CAD Hull made With Blender Add-on for Architecture with one of the best IFC support in the market --> BlenderBIM

    not Free but very cheap and very powerful CAD ---> Moi3D Nurbs Modeller can save file for Rhino and into IGES STEP SAT
    One of the best CAD for all purposes Rhinoceros
     
  4. ludesign
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    There are for sure way more CAD programs for Windows, but that does not mean that there is a shortage of programs for the Mac. Way more than suggested by the comments here, usually written by Windows users with very limited or no knowledge of the Mac scene. Been doing professional boat design and 3D CAD work on the Mac since 1987. The example was 100% designed on the Mac in a professional boat design program for the Mac (and Windows).


    Boat Design on the Mac.jpg
     
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  5. pafurijaz
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  6. Flotation
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    Nice, i've been professionally using CAD software for about the same period. One of the first personal computers on which i learned how make use of one was the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macintosh_128K The company i work for currently uses about 60% windows, for engineering and 40% apple computers, for administration and graphics design. I'm comfortable in all three of these disciplines.

    As an engineer i'm always looking for the best tool for my job. When it comes to boat design those tools, although perhaps unfortunately, are found on Windows.
     
  7. Mikko Brummer
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    Mikko Brummer Senior Member

    Any newer version of Touchcad, Claes?
     
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  8. ludesign
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    It's on the way and it's awesome.
     

  9. Mikko Brummer
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    Mikko Brummer Senior Member

    I think it's already awesome as is, so I can't wait what's new ;-). Keep us posted.
     
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