Best Free CAD Computer Aided Design Programs

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Seeing your imaginings materialize and take actual form, now that's what it's all about, right? And if you can command your PC to perform all the gory drudgeries of that undertaking, so much the better. Luckily, others have been thinking along that same vein for decades, so today you can enjoy the culmination of all their toil and sweat. It's called Computer Aided Design. Keep in mind of course that this sort of software tends to be insatiably complex. It's not easy fitting a complete 3D workbench onto a two-dimensional monitor screen, while still maintaining operability by plebeians. Many people employed in engineering trades have endured long and laborious college courses to acquire skills in the use of these behemoth programs. So know what you're getting into. As the ancient sages were so often heard to proclaim, "The electronic brain is a perfect servant, but a lousy master".

If you've already used drafting software at work, then you've likely heard of industry giant, AutoCAD, which has enjoyed a near monopoly. Its drawing exchange file format. DXF, gets revised continually and competing software has to keep step. This is one of the reasons why you'll often see older versions of expensive CADD software offered for free on the Internet, usually feature-limited or use-limited or time-limited and support-limited, and always

with lengthy application forms for licensing. These software companies desperately want their share of name recognition and to accustom people to the use of their product, with the hope of one day licensing their big-ticket "Pro" edition to whoever it is you know with deep pockets. It would astound you the number of extravagant packages that can be had for download and free use. packages that are essentially AutoCAD clones. Be forewarned that their system requirements tend to be very hefty. Ideally, your PC should have two or more gigabytes of memory, a monitor capable of 1280 x 960 resolution, fast dual processors, a state-of-the-art graphics card and a motherboard that is extra well-cooled.

But Gizmo won't be pursuing the giant AutoCAD clones in depth here, because our readers aren't so much concerned with getting impeccably-perfect blueprints down to some factory in Mexico to produce 2.5 million high-valued widgets. Those who are should, in all probability, shop elsewhere for software. And those who are planning any major or risky undertakings, such as tearing out an exterior wall of their home to erect a second-story balcony …they also should seek out the best guidance money can buy to ensure the safety of their constructions. None of the software that Gizmo's has cited below claims to analyze structural integrity.

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