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Top 8 CAD Applications for Linux

3 Nov 20120 comments




Major Computer aided design software manufactures tend to produce CAD software suitable for only Windows & Mac operating systems without giving much thought to graphic designers that make use of Linux operating systems which lead us to compile some alternative CAD tools than can be used on Linux without any hitches. The list analysis below 




Top CAD Software for Linux

FreeCAD
This is a free open source 3D graphic model tool that can be used for designing different graphic models, file formats and runs on Windows, Mac and Linux platform. The FreeCAD works perfectly on Linux operating systems as a CAD/MCAD/CAx/PLM modeler and its user interface is specially crafted for handling mechanical engineering drafts but it can also be used by a variety of CAD designing professionals.

LibreCAD
Previously known as the CADuntu, the LibreCAD is a versatile tool for drafting 2D designs across different operating system platforms. It provides Linux users with an easy to learn user interface that incorporates major file formats such as DWG, DXF, PDF etc. for exporting designs onto other CAD software platforms.

QCAD
The QCAD is a 2D drafting software specifically used by architects for drafting technical drawings, building plans, building interiors on the Linux operating systems. QCAD can also be used by engineers to design mechanical components and it works with different file formats such as DXF which makes it compatible with other CAD applications.

Archimedes
This is a 2D CAD package that was specifically made to accommodate the Linux operating systems and it can be used to draft both architectural drawings as well as engineering components and building plans. The Archimedes CAD application allows different file formats.

AutoQ3CAD
The AutoQ3DCAD is one of the first CAD software on Linux that allows CAD users design both 2D and 3D drafts/graphics on its operating system. It is the perfect tool for beginners interested in 2D/3D technical drawings due to its easy learning curve. The AutoQ3CAD application is closely related to AutoCAD in terms of feature which makes it serve as a medium of learning AutoCAD without much difficulty. It also works with the DWG file format.

AutoQ3 Animation
Graphic designers and animators can also design character models on Linux with the aid of the AutoQ3 Animation software. Like its predecessor, it has an easy to use interface which allows CAD beginners get a hang of 3D modeling before, moving to a more advanced CAD application. It works with the major file formats such as DWG, DXF etc which allows the user import external designers onto its platform as well as export files to other CAD software platforms.

BRL-CAD
This is an advanced 2D/3D modeling platform that provides Linux graphic designers with advanced modeling tools, high performance tracing for video rendering and signal processing tools. Its platform also incorporate creative interaction features that help designers work more directly with their designs. It can be used by engineers to design mechanical parts, architects to draft 3D building plans and animators to create models, animate them and render animation videos. It works on Windows and Mac while also accommodating different file formats such as DWG, DWF and CAD.


GCAD3D
The gCAD3D CAD application is an application that engineers and graphic designers can use in designing machine components and animation models. It is unique due to its ability to accommodate programming languages on its interface to draw or modify designs. It serves as a converter of geometry programs and NC command for or in 3D designs. It runs on both Windows and Linux systems and accommodates programs and files in different formats.

Author Bio : Purathini is a webmaster at IndiaCADworks. She also indulges in writing CAD related articles including 3D modeling, 2D drafting and drawing, CAD conversion, 3D rendering and animations.


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