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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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A C++ NURBS library with boolean operations that is not OpenCASCADE

I'm working on SolveSpace, a parametric CAD. I'm looking for something to replace its builtin NURBS library, which has become a limiting aspect for many improvements. It must: Not be OpenCASCADE; Be ...
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Is there a physics / modeling software that will let you build and test... a flying machine?

Yes I know this question may be ridicously naive, but I'll just give it a shot. I was wondering if there is any software out there that could help you develop and test a flying machine, in a similar ...
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Web App for architectural plan upload and measure

I've got a planimetry of my house and a warehouse on paper. I would like to scan them in JPEG, import them on my pc and measure them. I'm looking for a website (web-app) where I can upload those tiff,...
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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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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 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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Simple Truss Modeling Software

I've a project in my university to create a bridge truss of straws, I am looking for a modeling software that can help me imagine my design's effectiveness (a software that's able to calculate the ...
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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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Free program for geometric adjustment (trilateration, least square method)

I am looking for a free application in order to calculate optimal coordinates of points, given a fixed set of points and the mutual distance between them. The system is over-constrained hence spatial ...
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Is there any good software to convert (multilayer) DXF to shapefile?

I need to import architecture DWG's (AutoCAD files) into qGIS. However, QGIS imports all layers in the DXF into the same layer in QGIS. I need to create separate shapefiles for every DWG/DXF layer. ...
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What program as an replacement of metriCAD for pre-measurement of construction works reading .dwg CAD files?

What program would you recommend as an replacement of metriCAD? The program should read .dwg files (CAD files) and run on 32 bit computer. It should also run on Unix-based system like Ubuntu, Linux ...
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Finite Element Software: cyclic-symmetric problems including gyroscopic terms

Do you know of a Finite Element Software (commercial like Ansys or preferably open source like CalculiX) that is able to compute gyroscopic terms for cyclic-symmetric structures ? Most FE-softwares ...
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Software for electrodynamics and electrostatics simulation?

In the past I have been working with Matlab to do simulations of electro-statics and electro-dynamics. More specifically solving the Maxwell equations for given structures and setups. I am now looking ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Creation of an interactive STL file editor

I want to create a software that import, edit and export ASCII STL files (CAD file). Let me explain what I need and so what I mean as editing an STL file. I want to use an example. Consider the ...
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Software to make blueprints from SketchUp Make (not Pro?)

Is anyone familiar with software that will take a SketchUp model and allow you to create blueprint files from it (2D floor plans)? SketchUp Pro includes LayOut which does this. However, it's $700. ...
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Joining curve surfaces

I had used Creo Parametric to simulate loading of a section of an airplane wing. Look at the pictures below. And there was a problem to join a skin to the frame of the wing in my assembly. Because ...
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Free CAD that allows to draw joined arcs

I am looking for a CAD that allows to draw joined arcs (circle segments) like one would draw a spline curve. There are several older CAM machine softwares that only take lines and arcs as input. So ...
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App or program to simulate a gear driven machine

I want to design a machine that uses gears, cams, etc. I am looking for a free Android app or Windows program that can simulate the design in motion. If the design is successful I want to build a ...
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Convert point cloud raw data into Solid Edge or Solid Works 3D models

We are looking for software that will convert point cloud raw data (from Faro scanners, for example) into a model that is compatible with Solid Edge or Solid Works, identifying planes (faces) etc.
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3D Model Browser viewer

I am in need of a good model viewer for our site. I need a way to show models of teeth, and have the ability to turn off different layers such as the Enamel, Dentin, and just show the nerve/blood ...
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Software to print image from procedural script?

It is surprisingly hard to search for and find a piece of software that handles a very specific need... I am making a sort of slide rule that fits in a watch face, and I need a program where I could ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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