FreeCad multi platform 3D modeler

I'm not an expert in 3D software , I'm barely able to use Inventor basic functions but I found interesting FreeCad project because it is multi platform and open source.

Here some notes from FreeCad intallation page:

FreeCAD is a general purpose feature-based, parametric 3D modeler for CAD, MCAD, CAx, CAE and PLM, aimed directly at mechanical engineering and product design but also fits a wider range of uses in engineering, such as architecture or other engineering specialties. It is 100% Open Source (LGPL2+ license) and extremely modular, allowing for very advanced extension and customization.

FreeCAD is based on OpenCasCade, a powerful geometry kernel, features an Open Inventor-compliant 3D scene representation model provided by the Coin 3D library, and a broad Python API. The interface is built with Qt. FreeCAD runs exactly the same way on Windows, Mac OSX, BSD and Linux platforms

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I know and I am using FreeCAD on various platforms, mostly FreeBSD, macOS BSD, and Linux :slight_smile:

It has this unique design workflow where you focus on restrictions to a block of material that will lead you to the final design… just as sculpture… but well described in a technical way!

I also use Blender 3D since 2000 its awsome for sketching, can be used for modeling, rendering, animation, even extended with some Python scripting in order to get interactive application with real world communication… however there are no “technical restrictions” on the modelling workflow like in FreeCAD so it is a lot harder to obtain precise effect quickly…

Blender 3D had just recently a new breakthrough release 2.80 that introduces lots of improvements to the UI, workflow, and the render engine!

Open-Source Powers! :slight_smile: