FreeCAD: Driving CAD in the world of GNU / Linux?


Although the most used software in the professional field, such as Autodesk AutoCAD, is not available for Linux, the truth is that the projects available for this platform are progressing well so that this open source software is increasingly promising and professional, such as the case of FreeCAD project. The development community for this project is very active and working hard to make all of this possible.

Now FreeCAD 0.19 has been released, a new version in which some improvements have been included and it has also been migrated Python 2 to Python 3, in addition to moving from Qt4 to Qt5 libraries. In addition, it includes other great functions in this update, such as navigation, dynamic properties, backup management, and much more.

FreeCAD 0.19 also includes other new features, theme manager, a new dark mode, tool to export to WebGL, Arch Fence tools, Arch Truss, and other new features.

That said, remember that FreeCAD is compatible with the import and export of DWG files, if you worked with these formats with other software, converting to DXF. Therefore, the compatibility is good, another fact in its favor to adopt it. And the truth is that there are not too many excuses not to adopt it, although the professional sector still depends a lot on proprietary software.

If compared to AutoCAD, it is true that FreeCAD works in 2D and 3D, but it is parametric modeling software, and the owner can also with direct modeling. There is also greater facility for animations in AutoCAD, or that AutoCAD has a built-in rendering engine, while FreeCAD needs additional software ... But the truth is that it can be a software for professional use, despite what many think.

More information about what's new in this version of FreeCAD, documentation, downloads, etc. - Official Web

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