Decent, affordable CAD software?

Analog Kid

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I want to design some basic word working-- what's a good CAD package to do that in for Mac? I've been fighting with ViaCAD and it's awkward to use, but also seems really buggy. I've played a little with SketchUp, but I'm looking for a more traditional 2D/3D CAD package.
 

Big Bad D

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I would encourage a bit more trial with Sketchup. But don’t try to use it as a traditional cad drawing. Try modelling “solids” just as you would envisage crafting each of your woodworking components. Later you can then add dimensions and views.
 

Analog Kid

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Thanks for all the responses. OnShape (if I'm looking at the right package) and Draftsight seem to expensive. I love Lemke software, but they really struggle with UI-- still for $32, I'm going to give it a shot for a while. And maybe I'll play with SketchUp a bit more. I'm partial to the traditional drafting approach, but SketchUp does a good job at their approach.

ViaCAD is a disaster. The bugs are so egregious, I'm starting to wonder if I'm the only one who's bought a copy. Really, really basic stuff is just broken...
 
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