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CAD software for Mac?

#1  Postby Blackadder » Nov 12, 2015 7:47 am

Does anyone have a recommendation for CAD software for Macs? This is for home projects, not professional use, so I don't need something like AutoCAD. I'm not a trained draughtsman but can do relatively simple technical drawings by hand for my own use or to share with builders/carpenters. There's a wide variety of CAD software out there and it would be helpful to see if anyone has any experience of these that they could share.

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Re: CAD software for Mac?

#2  Postby Cito di Pense » Nov 12, 2015 8:08 am

http://brlcad.org/

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Re: CAD software for Mac?

#3  Postby Blackadder » Nov 12, 2015 1:36 pm

Cito di Pense wrote:http://brlcad.org/

Disclaimer: I don't use it. I just know that it it's out there.



Thanks. :thumbup: Will take a look.
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Re: CAD software for Mac?

#4  Postby felltoearth » Nov 12, 2015 1:50 pm

Draftsite is another one we use at work to solve problems with DWG files (we use Vectorworks on the Mac).
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Re: CAD software for Mac?

#5  Postby felltoearth » Nov 12, 2015 2:33 pm

Sketchup also works really well. I'll PM you some info tomorrow when I have time.
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Re: CAD software for Mac?

#6  Postby The_Metatron » Nov 12, 2015 4:28 pm

Blackadder wrote:Does anyone have a recommendation for CAD software for Macs? This is for home projects, not professional use, so I don't need something like AutoCAD. I'm not a trained draughtsman but can do relatively simple technical drawings by hand for my own use or to share with builders/carpenters. There's a wide variety of CAD software out there and it would be helpful to see if anyone has any experience of these that they could share.

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This is where I'd start my search:

http://www.applecad.com/

But, no. I've never done any CAD work on my Macs. Or anywhere else, for that matter beyond TurboCad for my 486DX-33 PC over twenty years ago. Printed my work out on a 24 pin dot matrix printer, I did.
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Re: CAD software for Mac?

#7  Postby Blackadder » Nov 12, 2015 6:41 pm

The_Metatron wrote:
Blackadder wrote:Does anyone have a recommendation for CAD software for Macs? This is for home projects, not professional use, so I don't need something like AutoCAD. I'm not a trained draughtsman but can do relatively simple technical drawings by hand for my own use or to share with builders/carpenters. There's a wide variety of CAD software out there and it would be helpful to see if anyone has any experience of these that they could share.

Thanks!

This is where I'd start my search:

http://www.applecad.com/

But, no. I've never done any CAD work on my Macs. Or anywhere else, for that matter beyond TurboCad for my 486DX-33 PC over twenty years ago. Printed my work out on a 24 pin dot matrix printer, I did.


How long did it take you from start to finished drawings? I'm guessing about six months. :grin:
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Re: CAD software for Mac?

#8  Postby The_Metatron » Nov 13, 2015 12:30 am

Not sure I ever finished a drawing. It sucked.
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Re: CAD software for Mac?

#9  Postby felltoearth » Nov 13, 2015 4:09 am

The_Metatron wrote:Not sure I ever finished a drawing. It sucked.


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Re: CAD software for Mac?

#10  Postby Macdoc » Nov 13, 2015 4:53 am

We used Sweethome 3D and I did this several years ago.

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http://www.sweethome3d.com

I suspect its much better now - it's opensource and free....needs power to render

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I like the way you can set your location to see sunlight etc. It's fun.

This is the open source CAD version

http://www.freecadweb.org

example

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lots of samples here

http://www.freecadweb.org/wiki/?title=Screenshots

I've heard good things about SketchUp as well.
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Re: CAD software for Mac?

#11  Postby felltoearth » Nov 13, 2015 6:09 am

Looks good macdoc
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Re: CAD software for Mac?

#12  Postby Blackadder » Nov 13, 2015 3:01 pm

Nice pictures Macdoc. I also used Sweethome 3D to design room layouts when we last moved home. It was OK, if a little clunky. I'm now having to draw fixtures and fittings for wood and metal work for renovation of a Victorian property. So it's not room design I need, so much as a simple (ish) CAD system that will let me draw smaller objects and do exploded and section views. Full 3D rendering would be a nice feature but not critical.
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Re: CAD software for Mac?

#13  Postby Agi Hammerthief » Nov 30, 2015 10:55 pm

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Re: CAD software for Mac?

#14  Postby Fenrir » Nov 30, 2015 11:21 pm

You can download autocad for free if you declare you are a student.

I've been resisting coz from what ive seen it's unnecessarily complicated.

Blender is freely downloadable. Lots of whistles and bells for animation but can do ordinary 3d design as well. Bit of a learning curve, am trying to get up to speed on it but finding it a bit slow, too many other things on.


There are lots of resources for finding existing designs around. You might find some of the bits you want are already available as stl's. Thingiverse is one where you can freely download files. Lots of proprietary and semi-proprietary manufacturer sites out there.
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