"FreeCAD" 3D modeling software - Any users/reviews?

    I've run across 3D modeling software "FreeCAD" and wondering what others might think. Or have any experience with it.
    I'd been using Solidworks since tech school - most recently to make the 2x4s, standard plywood sheets, etc, to assemble a shop. "Neat" a PITA, and overkill. But the student license hath expired, passed on, rung down the curtain - snuffed it. There went not just my 2x4 models but all drawings not saved as PDFs (they are still there, maybe I'll take a refresher course and print stuff out). Nerts. Three grand for a regular license. Ouch.
    Anyway, stumble across a recommendation for FreeCAD. The Price is right (Free) but it is in release 0.15 (yes, Zero point one five) -it works, but I think I'm going to have to keep convert.exe where I can hit it often, as it is being built in Metric, and while it recently added inch displays, um, it tends to convert to feet/yards along the way. So that 96" panel become 2.66 yards.     Past time for me to split
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On Sat, 26 Mar 2016 19:19:12 -0700, pyotr filipivich wrote:

I use FreeCAD every day with satisfaction, on Linux
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On Sun, 27 Mar 2016 07:05:20 +0000 (UTC), Erminio Ottone

I downloaded a copy. I just used 2D when I worked. That is once we had computers. My old brain has trouble with the model used by Freecad. If I keep trying it, I may be able to use it eventually.
If I could find a good 2d system in Linux similar to corel draw, I'd drop windows in a heartbeat.
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On Mon, 28 Mar 2016 06:31:24 -0500, Pete Keillor

GIMP is more like Photoshop than Corel, but give it a look.
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    I use it for photo work, but have not tried using it as a drawing program.
    If you want an *easy* drawing program for almost any flavor of unix, including linux, take a look at xfig -- yet another free program. I use it for illustrations, and libreCAD for serious dimensioned drawings with the possibility to feed to a CAM program to convert to g-code.
    Enjoy,         DoN.
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Thanks. I'll take a look at libreCAD.
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-0500 typed in rec.crafts.metalworking the following:

    It does seem to be a good program. Now if I could just carve loose a couple hours to work/play with it.
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On Mon, 28 Mar 2016 06:31:24 -0500, Pete Keillor wrote:

2D? take a look at http://www.LibreCAD.org (a fork of qcad, rather similar to old autodesk)
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On Tue, 29 Mar 2016 03:00:53 -0000 (UTC), Przemek Klosowski

There are versions of QCad that run on Linux. I've got a qcad-3.12.1 in both 32 and 64 bit versions.
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    I've got it -- but haven't attacked it yet to see how steep a learning curve it may have.

    A good 2D system in Linux -- check out LibreCAD. I don't know how it compares to Corel Draw, as I haven't used that. But LibreCAD, plus a nice downloaded PDF of a tutorial worked better for me than any of the other free CAD systems I have tried. It is also in Mac's OS-X, FWIW, as is FreeCAD. Just downloaded both for the used MacBook with OS-X 10.9 I recently got.
    Enjoy,         DoN.
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xfig ???
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On Saturday, March 26, 2016 at 10:19:13 PM UTC-4, pyotr filipivich wrote:

No experience so this is worth what you paid for it.
But I would look at " 123Design ". It is free but intended for the 3 D printing crowd. So may not be the best for what you want. However it is done by AutoDesk. The web site says it has PC, Mac, and Ipad versions , No mention of Linux.
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Will take a look at it.

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On Sat, 26 Mar 2016 19:19:12 -0700, pyotr filipivich wrote:

I've used it to design a few of parts, one of which went off to a 3D printer and came back as a solid printed thing in a box (along with many helpful comments on how to design things so they'll 3D print well).
It was an uphill battle all the way, but I think that at least 80% of that was my total unfamiliarity with 3D CAD. Perhaps even 100%.
There is a very active support community out there -- there's been at least one time when I posted a file along with a question about how to do something, and had my file posted back with all my desired changes made, better than I could have done.
It _is_ a bit clunky, and upgrades _are_ happening fast enough that sometimes your best solution to a problem is to download the latest build and live with (perhaps) a different set of bugs than the last time. But it definitely seems to be a usable product.
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Its been a couple years since I last tried FreeCAD, but I found it was ok for geomtric stuff if a little buggy and unstable. Save often if you use it. I have heard it has made some improvments so YMMV.
If you want a true 3D CAD program take a look at Fusion360 from AutoCAD. Its cloud based, but its free to hobbyists, students, startups and small businesses with less than a a certain net profitability. I've been playing with it off and on for a little while, and I am still butting up against my own learning curve for the most part, but the problems are mostly my own style of working with solid models I learned working with ViaCAD. It deos demand a modestly current 64bit OS. I am running it on an i5 with 64bit W10 at the moment, but I'll be setting it up on my W7-64-Pro laptop soon enough.
I really haven't found any glaring bugs or had any unexpected crashes yet, but I must admit I have not really learned enough to push its limits yet either.
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On Tue, 29 Mar 2016 09:52:11 -0700, Bob La Londe wrote:

For me the ideal CAD tool would involve a virtual-reality setup with goggles and gloves with haptic feedback, coupled by a virtual machine shop with "magic" cutters. If I want it cylindrically symmetrical I chuck it up in the lathe (with magic chucks, of course), if I want it free-form I put it on the milling machine, if I need something more I grab the (magic) bottle of glue, etc.
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14:17:45 -0500 typed in rec.crafts.metalworking the following:

    I understand that such is actually available, but for big bucks (of course).
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On Tue, 29 Mar 2016 09:52:11 -0700, Bob La Londe wrote:

it has evolved since than and it will soon have its own CAM module
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