Trouble is, free==not that good.
I will go out on a limb and say see if you can lift a version of Corel
Draw, 8 or later, off ebay or a mate.
Turbocad ain't bad, but I prefer Corel.
Both those make a fair fist of 2D drafting, but you have to understand
their little ways.
I agree on Corel Draw 8. I have a copy of Delta Cad and use CD 8 exclusively
since I got it. You can draw and color almost any 2D image in it. I even
used it once to create a 3 disk color wheel to decode (electronic) resistor
Alibre has a free version of their excellent 3-D modelling program. I can't
remember if you can automatically take 2-D drawings off of the model with the
free version, but you can with the paid for version. Alibre's at
Alternatively, progeSoftt have a free CAD program based on IntelliCAD which
uses industry standard DWG files as it's native file format. They are at
http://www.progecad.com /. I haven't tried progeSoft's version of IntelliCAD but
did use Atlas's version (no longer available) and found that to work pretty
well. ProgeSoft's version is a much later edition of the IntelliCAD libraries
so should be pretty reliable.
2 thoughts. Look at Turbocad. Some of their older versions were
available free at one time.
Have you looked to see what is in open source software?
After a quick Google on "open source cad software" found this which may
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