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CAD (Computer Aided Design) is the process of designing a (physical) product by instructions to a software. Its use is amplified by hardware (CNC machines or 3D printers) that can interpret the CAD files and create the product from it.

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Universal file viewer for many files

Looking for an application that can display many files at once of varying file types. Ideally there'd be a stellar grid view of previews so users could quickly scan through them - flagging a few or ...
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Open source alternatives to commercial finite element softwares

I'm looking for Open Source alternatives to commercial Finite Element softwares such as Ansys or Nastran/Patran. Some features that I would like to have: Mesh generator after importing a geometry ...
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How to open a motherboard .cad file?

I received a .cad file for my laptop's motherboard but don't know how to open it. Any suggestion ?
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Free 2D nesting software for commandline/toolchain use

I'm looking for software for nesting 2D shapes for laser cutting. I would like to use this software to combine multiple shapes into a single sheet for cutting, as part of an automated Makefile-based ...
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Converting 3D printing CAD to Technical drawing

I designed some items that I currently 3D print and I plan on patenting, however I need to provide technical drawings in India ink or it's equivalent. Is there anything that will convert from ...
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Read CAD files in C++ program

I am currently looking for a library which allows me to read CAD files. The type of the file does not matter (.STL, .DWG, etc). The goal is to extract the maximum height, widht and depth of the object....
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Looking for software that can calculate the amount of light incident on a surface

I have a CAD mock-up of 16 screws attached to a planetary gear system that rotate and revolve around the central axis. Now suppose there is light source far away and is oriented such that direction of ...
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iOS app for CNC Feeds & Speeds, compatible with Shapeoko

I've been using GWizard Trial on my desktop, but the CNC is out in my garage. Would be great to have an app that did the same - i'm willing to pay. There are too many to choose from on the app store,...
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Software to solve spring, rope and pulley systems

Does any software exist to solve the forces and displacements of spring, rope and pulley systems? Ideally including non-circular pulleys. For example I might want to solve the forces in a compound bow,...
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Vector drawing / CAD program with measurement uncertainties

I sometimes try to model real-life objects in the computer. Be it for 3D printing a replacement part, or making a plan of my apartment. One problem I have is that I don't measure perfectly, and these ...
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CAD modeller with support for interactive events

I am new to CAD. However, I am interested in implementing some interactive geometric algorithms in 3d using CAD software. There seem to be many good open-source options available online e.g. OpenJSCAD,...
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Why use autocad instead of autocad plant 3d?

It seems like everything that is included in autocad is also included in autocad plant 3d so why do people not use plant 3d and instead buy both versions?
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Moving on from Solidworks

I have worked with Solidworks throughout my time at university on the Solidworks student licence. However, I want to start using Computer aided design for commercial use and being on the student ...
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Best recommendation for converting vector files to gcode for Next Wave CNC

I am using VCarve Pro with a Next Wave Shark HD 510. It works fine but I would like to consider some open source alternatives as well. I mainly use it to convert vector files to gcode. Any advice is ...
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AutoCAD alternative with source/destination feature?

I want to make an electrical drawing for some cabinets and I really like autoCAD but at my new workplace I am not allowed to use that because of the cost. So I am looking for a decent alternative. So ...
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Create hundreds of complex geometric shapes with cubes, triangles and tetrahedra

I'm going to investigate the marching cubes algorithm. For that, I have to draw and keep track of 256 - actually 128 due to symmetry - geometric configurations like below. I should be able to assign ...
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Which (GIS/CAD-) software to use for transformation of ~2k .dwg - files?

I've got approx 2000 .dwg-files that have to be transformed (GK to DB_REF) via custom transformation (I've got a list with coordinates in EPSG:31467 of ground control points and a specific angle of ...
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What 2D technical drawing software can import a 3d STL model and use it to create the 2D drawings?

I've created a 3d model using OpenSCAD, and now need to convert that into various 2d technical drawings for use in a patent application. I tried using OpenSCAD's wireframe view, but that did not hide ...
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Best library java to write dxf file

I am looking for the best library to write a dxf file in java Before trying to convert png image to dxf but I can't, so now I want to write the image directly My need is a library that can draw lines ...
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What to use to design a piece of wearable fitness garment?

https://www.amazon.com/Everlast-6010G-Weighted-Vest-Reflective/dp/B008RI0GD8/ref=sr_1_11?crid=3VJ3HC3QI1XKQ&keywords=weighted+vest&qid=1641836008&sprefix=weighted+vest%2Caps%2C205&sr=8-...
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Line-based 3D modeler (alternative to Sketchup)

I have seen plenty of parametric 3D CAD applications, like freecad and Autodesk, but only one that is line-based (Sketchup) and thus can easily edit STL files. Are there any other line-based 3D ...
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Constraints Solver Library C++

I am writing a basic CAD application where a user can create 2D constraints between points. There will be a number of different constraint types and so I am looking for a free general constraints ...
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2D / 3D CAD design and simulation software for OSX?

What options are available for Mac to design 2D and 3D CAD drawings? Preferably open-source or freeware but not a requirement of the question. SolidWorks seems to be the most popular for Windows ...
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Free or low cost multilayer PCB design software

I am trying to find a free/low cost PCB design software that I can use for my projects (PCB = Printed Circuit Board; some prefer PWB, Printed Wiring Board). It needs to be able to support at least 8 ...
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CAD software for 3D printing

I would like to learn how to design 3D objects for the use of 3D printing in manufacturing. So what is the best CAD software for this purpose? I use windows OS. And I have ni price limit. I have no ...
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Drawing furniture

I need to find software to draw things like furniture or other home stuff in a Mac, something similar to AutoCad, but much more simple - in 2D. I am not expert in drawing, so something we can load ...
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Free software to compare two 3D models

I'm looking for a piece of software for Windows or Linux that can compare how two 3D models differ. It should preferebly be lightweight piece of free software, but I'm in hearing other options.
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What CAD software has a good variety of materials and includes a good suite of stress calculations?

I'm new to most CAD work. I'm in the process of designing a floating structure that will include cement ballast, titanium or other seawater inert structural material, fiberglass with resin, etc. I've ...
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CAD vector graphic editor

I want to make some vector graphic icons but what I sadly found out any of simple vector graphic editor do not support CAD-like functions like make line length depends of other line or constrain angle ...
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Program to make measurements on images (ex. maps) and list them

I'm looking for a program (preferably open source/free) that would allow me to import images and take measurements. I want to measure a lot of points and generate reports of the total length of all ...
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Is there a built in program in any of the top EDA software to ease production of Technical Publications?

I have been assigned to design a PCB and now I have to create Technical Documentation for in-house use. I tried googling this information but it shows the documentation for the software which is not ...
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Lighter alternative to Computer-Aided Design software Fusion 360

I wanted to use Fusion 360, a commercial software for 3D Computer-Aided Design modeling, created by Autodesk. to learn 3D printing on my computer, but I have doubts my 5 years old Inspiron 15 3000 ...
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Software to import stl file to walk around it in 3D?

I was wondering if there's any sort of software where you can import a .stl file and sort of walk around in it. I have a small house model exported as a .stl file and I kind of want to do just that. ...
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Using GIS to store any type of file

I work for an engineering company where we use a large range of software's and file types, including but not limited to, GIS and CAD based software. We are aware of the broad trend to BIM and are ...
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Program for Invention Engineering Constructions

I need to develop a collapsible metal construction. I have a few specific prerequisites. Generally speaking, it will be something like a big construction toy, but not be a toy. It has the specific ...
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Database solution to identify mechanical parts (CAD files) in an assembly

I am working with a CAD assembly (a collection of mechanical parts put together) in Solidworks, and an Excel spreadsheet, which describes its components. I want to transition the Excel spreadsheet to ...
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PCB design software alternative to Upverter?

I use Upverter for my printed circuit board (PCB) designs, but I'm looking for an alternative: I need autorouting (Upverter does not have that) Should be able to collaborate with others Support both ...
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Importing 3D background to a 3D design software

We have the following task: we would like to take a 3D image of a natural background where someone wants to build a camping. We then would like to import this image and draw into it the 3D buildings ...
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Looking to open a .CAD file on a mac?

I need to view a file that originated in a program called CADStd. This produces a .CAD filetype. Unfortunately, I'm on a MAC and this program is only available on Windows. Is there any other software ...
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Is there a solution based on NodeJS for converting STEP files (.step, .stp) into STL (.stl) format?

Is there a solution based on NodeJS (or alternatively any javascript library) for converting STEP files (.step, .stp) into STL (.stl) format or any other WebGL-friendly format (.gltf, .obj, etc…) to ...
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CAD software recommendation for airplane design

I am undergraduate in Aerospace engineering and I want to learn CAD so can you list some good CAD software (free and paid) helpful for airplane designing?
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I want to convert SVG to DWG is there any software / library which can help

I need to convert SVG images to CAD readable file DWG/DXF is there any software or library which can help. Budget and programming language is not an issue, though a .Net based product will be great.
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How to create a flat pattern out of a mesh

I have a mesh representing a folded paper that a create from Fusion 360. I can export it to STL. I want it to be flatten out so that I can cut it with a lasercutter and then refold it. Fusion 360 ...
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Free 3D Software for construction assemblies

I want to build something, I already have a rough idea of how it's going to look and what kind of materials to get from my local hardware store. Let's call this thing I'm trying to build a "box with ...
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Software to simulate mechanics of production line

Is there any software where I can simulate production line elements (joints, motors, springs, actuators, movement)? For example I want to simulate mechanism to unwind paper from big roll to weld it ...
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CAD program with clear specs on the format of its save file

So I want to do the following. Is there a CAD program that would suit this? I have an engineering analysis code (3rd party, commercial) that does various things to a 3-D model. However, the input to ...
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CAD software for creating electro schemes, supporting command line export to SVG

I am starting to work on project written in python. There will be a database of DXF schemes. Based on input parameters some of these schemes will be modified (translation of texts etc.) with python ...
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What software should I use to design an audio circuit?

I'm looking for a simulator that will enable me to listen to the output, and ideally run on Linux and / or OSX. A front end for visually laying out components would be excellent too, but is not ...
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Vector graphics/sketch/CAD software that handles scaling as I would like it handled

Hi! This is one of those software requests where I've got an idea what I want, but not completely able to specify it start-to-end. If it seems hazy, please ask clarifying questions, or suggest your ...
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Water tank & pipe flow simulation software

I am looking for a tool that can help me simulate the water flow from two water tanks located at different levels. This is in relation with house construction and I would prefer to give priority to ...