FreeCAD

FreeCAD
  • Company FreeCAD
  • Version 0.15
  • Platforms
    LinuxMacWindows
  • License Open Source
  • Category Graphics
Rating:
2.6 / 5 (134 votes)

1. Main Features

  • Support for IGES, STEP, OBJ, DXF, SVG, and STL formats
  • 2D components for sketching 2D shapes
  • Built-in Python console
  • Undo and Redo framework
  • Customizable GUI
  • Extensibility through plugins

2. Software Overview

FreeCAD is a parametric 3D modeler used to design real-life objects. The program dates back to 2001 and is maintained and developed by a community of developers.

The program supports a large amount of standard industry formats such as IGES, STEP, OBJ, DXF, SVG, STL, and DAE. FreeCAD provides various modules including a robot simulation module for studying robotic movements, a drawing sheets module for putting 2D views of a 3D model on a sheet, and a rendering module for exporting 3D objects for rendering with external renderers. The program also features Sketcher, a tool that utilizes 2D components for sketching 2D shapes and creating 2D production drawings from a 3D model.

FreeCAD is primarily used by mechanical engineers, architects, and product designers. It supports many of the most prominent industry formats and gives you a quality set of tools. FreeCAD is a powerful free application that will prove useful to CAD users, especially those in the mechanical engineering field.

3. Supported File Types

Primary file extension:
.FCSTD - FreeCAD Document
Other file extensions used by FreeCAD:
# File Extension Name
1 .FCSTD FreeCAD Document
2 .FCSTD1 FreeCAD Backup Document
3 .IGS IGES Drawing File
4 .STEP STEP 3D Model
5 .STP STEP 3D CAD File

Updated: March 22, 2019

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