Software : FreeCAD : FreeCAD


(as of 10/27/2015)
LicenseOpen Source

Software Overview

Main Features

  • Support for IGES, STEP, OBJ, DXF, SVG, and STL formats
  • 2D components for sketching 2D shapes
  • Built-in Python console
  • Undo and Redo framework
  • Customizable GUI
  • Extensibility through plugins

FreeCAD is a parametric 3D modeler used to design real-life objects. The program dates back to 2001 and is maintained and developed by a community of developers.

The program supports a large amount of standard industry formats such as IGES, STEP, OBJ, DXF, SVG, STL, and DAE. FreeCAD provides various modules including a robot simulation module for studying robotic movements, a drawing sheets module for putting 2D views of a 3D model on a sheet, and a rendering module for exporting 3D objects for rendering with external renderers. The program also features Sketcher, a tool that utilizes 2D components for sketching 2D shapes and creating 2D production drawings from a 3D model.

FreeCAD is primarily used by mechanical engineers, architects, and product designers. It supports many of the most prominent industry formats and gives you a quality set of tools. FreeCAD is a powerful free application that will prove useful to CAD users, especially those in the mechanical engineering field.

Supported File Types

Primary file extension

.FCSTD – FreeCAD Document

Other file extensions used by FreeCAD 0.15

Supported File Types
.DAEDigital Asset Exchange File
.DXFDrawing Exchange Format File
.IFCIndustry Foundation Classes File
.IGSIGES Drawing File
.OBJWavefront 3D Object File
.PRTSolid Edge Part File
.SCADOpenSCAD Script
.SLDPRTSolidWorks Part File
.STLStereolithography File
.SVGScalable Vector Graphics File

Updated: October 27, 2015