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IronCAD – AutoCAD Alternative

IronCAD is well known advanced CAD software in the industry. It is not a free CAD software. It is only available on Windows. IronCAD is considered to be one of the most easy to use CAD software in the industry. You can download the 30 days evaluation

OpenSCAD – AutoCAD Alternative

OpenSCAD is a free CAD software oriented in mechanical part design. It made its way to our list of AutoCAD alternatives. If you are looking for a free CAD software that will allow you to create complex 3D mechanical parts, you might want to check this CAD

BricsCAD – AutoCAD alternative

BricsCAD is a CAD software featuring DWG files with Advanced 2D and 3D capabilities. This is not a free CAD software. The cheapest version costs around 485USD. There is platinum, pro, and classic version. BricsCAD is definetely an alternative to AutoCAD for lower budget, and it is

DoubleCAD XT – AutoCAD Alternative

DoubleCAD XT is nice free alternative to AutoCAD LT. It supports 2D and 3D but will allow you create only in 2D. It has an advanced version fully supporting 3D but the latest is not free. DoubleCAD XT supports files like .SKP to .DWG making it possible

BRL CAD – AutoCAD Alternative

BRL CAD is a free and Open source CAD software. This solid modeling system includes features like: A system performance analysis benchmark suite High-performance ray-tracing for rendering interactive geometry editing A libraries for robust geometric representation High performance for geometric analysis Image and signal-processing tools The community

AutoCAD 3D Tutorial – Part 4

Today's 3D exercise is the following. Simple one right! Without further comments let's dive into it. Step 1 Draw these two objects. Step 2 Long story short, using the same technique that we used in previous exercises, we will EXTRUDE those object each with its respective dimension,

AutoCAD 3D Tutorial – Part 3

Hello! here is the 3D object we will exercise on today. As you will notice, it is not far different from the one we have already done here. This one will help us use the CHAMFER command in 3D. Let's do it! Step 1 Draw these two

AutoCAD 3D Tutorial – Part 2

This is a second post of learning of AutoCAD 3D for beginners. The figure below will serve as an exercise for today's tutorial. What should be mentioned before diving into the tutorial is, you need to be able to draw the two upper 2D figures in AutoCAD

AutoCAD 3D Tutorial – Part 5

We are moving difficulties one step further in this AutoCAD 3D tutorial. Here is a good 3D AutoCAD exercise for beginners. Quick reminder. This is the fifth 3D exercise we are working on, and if you haven't followed previous ones, and are a beginner, I will recommend

AutoCAD exercises

Do you know all the tricks in AutoCAD? When I first started, I was struggling to learn AutoCAD online and I wish someone had walked me through the process. Here, I made an attempt to provide a nice learning process for those of you willing to start

Download Free DWG files

A DWG file is a file created with the CAD software called AutoCAD. The reputation of AutoCAD in the industry is undoubtedly the last thing one wants to argue about, thus you can imagine how this software is driving the whole market making it almost impossible for

How to change 2D face color in AutoCAD

Wondering if it is possible to change the color of a face in AutoCAD without changing the color of the entire 3D object? Actually there is a command that allows you to do this. Doing this, you can get a result like this (This is a box

Free CAD Software

Amateur graphic designers, animators and sometimes professional CAD users keep two or three software applications that they use to handle different projects and it is not unusual to have one dedicated software tools for modeling characters and another dedicated to only handling renderings and simulations. One may

How to create a 3D text in AutoCAD

Here are simple few steps you can go through to create a 3D text in AutoCAD. You can as well use this technique to engrave a logo in a piece of material like shown on the image below Obviously AutoCAD will let  you create a peace of

The Best Computer for AutoCAD

Choosing a computer for AutoCAD is a tough decision considering that you need to select such a computer with the best balance of options, quality, and at the same time price. However, if money is not a conver, this task will be simple as one will just

Changing the background color to white in AutoCAD

Many are those who like using AutoCAD with default colors, me included. But I need to admit that there was a time where I did like the white background color a lot. But today, I find it a bit “unprofessional” to have a custom color, specially when

Step by Step 3D AutoCAD for beginners

What does it make you think of? Create your first peace of 3D in AutoCAD. Yea, I used to be so excited about 3D objects, specially when I will see a user exploring all sides of the object and be able to rotate it, zoom in and

AutoCAD 3D tutorial for beginners

This is the first post of a series of 10 posts in which I intend to go through 10 3D CAD exercises for CAD beginners. In this series I will be using AutoCAD, a free version of this software is available for download on AutoDesk website. I

2D Draftsight tutorial

Basic 2D Drawings with Draftsight as I mentioned in previous 2D exercises are done the same way as in AutoCAD. Today, we are having fun drawing the figure below using Draftsight, which is a free CAD software. If you are just starting and looking for a good

How to Create an Array in AutoCAD

Why do we need Arrays? How to Create an Array in AutoCAD? Look at this BWM rim and notice those “legs” between the center and the rim itself forming an array of 6 “legs” Here is how you can create an array in AutoCAD. The ARRAY command