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4 Free CAD Programs You Need to See

Working with CAD doesn't have to break the bank.  Here are at least 4 Free alternatives to AutoCAD for working with CAD objects and drawings.

Check out QCAD

QCAD is THE application you should use if you’re looking to create technical drawings be it for surveys, buildings, mechanical parts or even schematics and diagrams. Since it is open source, QCAD’s focus is more towards modularity, extensibility and portability. Its 2D CAD platform is powerful but yet easy to use even for a beginner who has little to no experience in CAD applications.

[Download QCAD: Windows, Mac, Linux]

QCAD Free CAD software

Then there's LibreCAD

Here’s another high quality 2D-CAD modeling platform, LibreCAD, an easy-to-use software with a lot of high quality features included in it. LibreCAD has features such as snap to grid for drawing, usage of layers, measurements inside your drawing and plenty others to make your life easier when you’re drawing on a 2D-CAD platform. If you find it hard to get started on LibreCAD, they have even included a manual here on their wiki page for download.

[Download LibreCAD: Windows, Mac, Linux]

LibreCAD Free CAD software

Get a load of NanoCAD

If you’re looking for other CAD tools that comes with full .dwg support, nanoCAD is next on the list. Although you can use it for free, nanoCAD still comes with many benefits that you usually need to pay for at a premium price, such the famous Command Line tool, SNAP and ONSAP, large number of precision tools and many others that you may find useful. Whether you’re just a beginner or already a power user, you will find nanoCAD a good alternative.

[Download NanoCAD: Windows]

NaNOCAD Free CAD software

Don't Forget Draftsight

DraftSight is a free 2D CAD editor that is good for professional CAD users, students and educator, especially if you need to create, edit and view your project in the native DWG file format. It comes with a nice set of features that allows you to generate professional looking plans using lines, polylines, dimensions, text and others. The interface is relatively dull, but this may appeal to those who prefer a minimalist and simple CAD software.

[Download Draftsight: Windows 32-bit, Windows 64-bit, Mac, Ubuntu, Fedora]

Draftsight Free CAD software

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