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Create your own 3D models by using both basic and complex tools
The FreeCAD capabilities are organized into various workbenches designed to deal with specific tasks: besides the drawing tools, the app also includes tools for building shapes from sketches, for dealing with meshes, for processing bitmap images, for studying robot movements, for editing architectural elements, and so on.
Even though FreeCAD can deal with sketching and working with 2D shapes and components, the major focus is represented by the creation of high quality 3D CAD models. To achieve all that, FreeCAD integrates a wide array of open source libraries, but also the Python scripting language.
Render your 3D model by making use of the powerful Raytracing module
FreeCAD is employing and external rendered to produce a photo realistic representation of your 3D models. For your convenience, the Raytracing modules that handles this task comes with multiple views that can be applied to your objects in no time.
However, to actually be able to render the projects, you must have installed on your system either the luxrender or the povray renderers. In addition, you must provide the path to their installation in the Raytracing preferences panel.
Comprehensive parametric modeler suited for producing 3D designs
FreeCAD is a complex application that comes with a plethora of efficient tools that can help you design and render high quality 3D projects. Despite the fact that FreeCAD is an open source project, the community provides an extensive documentation that can help you find your way around, and learn all you can do with the app.
Reviewed by Iulia Ivan, last updated on September 3rd, 2014
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- The FreeCAD translation project has received huge help from many people around the world and FreeCAD now ships with no less than 15 languages: English, German, French, Italian, Swedish, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Ukrainian, Norwegian, Afrikaans, Finnish, Simplified Chinese, Croatian and Dutch. And many more languages are being worked on for the next releases.
- Several improvements have been brought all over FreeCAD, for example the hierarchy tree now allows complex object stacks, keeping all your geometry history clean and easily accessible and modifiable. New python API improvements also allow objects to interact better with the tree, defining their own behaviour, icons, etc.
Application descriptionFreeCAD is a free, complex, easy to use 3D CAD/MCAD/CAx/CAE/PLM modeler, aimed directly at mechanical engineering and ...