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CAD and CAM Software

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This page lists some of the common CAD and CAM software that DoES members use - including 3D, 2D and electronics (schematic and PCB).

3D Graphics

If you're new to 3D modelling, here's a series of video tutorials that teach you the basics.

OnShape

  • Browser-based
  • As good as solidworks!
  • See Julian for help

FreeCAD

  • Open source

Autodesk Fusion 360

  • Can generate toolpaths
  • See Martin for help

SketchUp

TinkerCAD

  • Browser-based

OpenSCAD

  • Programmatically create 3D models

Processing

  • Programatically create 3D models (and many other things too)
  • It is possible to generate 3D forms for STL export
  • See John O'Shea for help

Libraries of 3D Things:

Simplify3D

  • Expensive $149 USD
  • Useful for complex prints and more control over slicing

See also:

Vector graphics

Inkscape

Adobe Illustrator

  • A paid-for product, but for those who already have it, it's a good alternative to Inkscape

JavascriptToSVG, OpenSCAD

  • Programatically generate shapes for 2D cutting

SVGnest

  • Rotates and moves shapes so they take up least space possible
  • Result = Less material used in your projects!

LaserPlacer

  • @goatchurch's in-browser line segment collector and drag and placer

JSCut

  • fully made up in-browser CAM system

MakerCAM

  • runs in a the browser in Flash, and at least one person uses it for their router

Electronics

KiCAD PCB

  • Free, Open source
  • Windows, Mac, Linux

Circuits.io

  • Browser-based
  • Design for electronics, circuits and PCBs

DesignSpark PCB

  • Free
  • Can create Gerbers, etc.

EagleCAD

  • Free version available, but limited
  • Desktop schematic and PCB workbench
  • Mac, Linux, Windows

Fritzing

  • Desktop schematic and PCB workbench
  • Open source

Altium CircuitMaker

  • Free PCB design tool