CAD App

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  1. Fizzy77 macrumors newbie

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    Can anyone recommend a good (and relatively easy to use) CAD App. I'm mainly looking at using this for cabinet making etc.

    Thanks.
     
  2. prisstratton macrumors 6502

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    As you are no doubt aware professional CAD software can cost a fortune. I came from an AutoCad background using it for many years in the mining industry. I tried the software (in the link below) when I was in my "Linux Phase" and found that it worked quite well, especially considering that it is FREE. I have not tried this on my Mac, but I would suggest that you give it a try. All CAD packages have their own quirks and you really need to get familiar with the package before deciding that it is not for you. I could make this package work for me, but as I said, I came from a CAD background.

    http://www.qcad.org/en/

    Give it a try, hope it helps.
     
  3. phoenixsan macrumors 65816

    phoenixsan

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    I agree.....

    about AutoCAD maybe being overkill. But long time ago I stumble upon at least 3 kitchen or cabinet software for Mac. But is a pity I dont remember them o have a record. Try Google with "cabinet design software" or "kitchen design software". These software had templates and more design aides.....


    :):apple:
     
  4. LongSticks macrumors 6502

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    Draftsight

    Another free bee for you, which I have just started using on my OSX side - I use Autocad on Bootcamp mainly - is Draftsight by Dassult Systems. They are the plane manufacturer who I think own Solid works as well

    And it's free!!

    http://www.3ds.com/products-services/draftsight/download-draftsight/

    Obviously pick up the mac download. Like I said I am just starting with it, but it does the trick and is very similar to Autocad.

    Lastly and this may be a bit out the box, but have you looked at Google Sketch Up free 3d drafter. A much easier 3D package to use than the traditional CAD packages in 3D. Some great tutorials as well on You Tube.
     
  5. TMay macrumors 68000

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    ViaCAD just added some basic joints to its V9 version. It's a 64 bit Mac OSX app:

    http://punchcad.com

    30 day trials are available. Wait for V9 until there is an upgrade or an upgrade offer with purchase of V8.

    http://www.csi-concepts.com/Demo/videos/woodJoints.mp4
     

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