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Anyone know a free CAD program that is super, and I mean super easy? I need to do some drawings but have never taken a CAD class. Basic blueprint with some welding call-outs and material spec's. I tried ProgeCAD 2009 but it is way over my pea picken head. I could just do it on paper and then scan it to laptop.
 

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Try QCad. They have a GPL crippleware version and a full-featured one which doesn't cost very much. I used to use it for land ownership mapping.
 

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Dave, you don't mention what operating system you are using. I use Linux Ubuntu 12.04 and use a program called 'gCad3D', for Linux and works ok in Windows. That would be my choice if using just the one program. I design small engine parts using this program. But as is often the case, depending what you want to do you may also benefit from a program called 'FreeCad'. As the name implies, it's free opensource and works in Linux only. It's superb and matches anything you might pay for too. I design engine parts using this program too. Hope one or the other is useful to you. :cheers:

Open source for Linux with descriptions etc: http://www.gcad3d.org/

Open source for Windows with descriptions etc: http://gcad3d.en.softonic.com/

Open source for Linux FREECAD: http://sourceforge.net/projects/free-cad/

There are online videos too if you search Youtube.

Hope one of the above might prove useful Dave. :cheers:
 

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If you just need 2-D drawings I use a program called 'Easy Cad'. Last I checked it was running about $100 and is very easy to learn. If you want to make things in 3-D I would second Google's Sketch-Up program. It is very different from any other CAD program I've ever used. For example to make a box, you draw a rectangle and then use the "extrude" tool to raise it up. If you want a hole in the box you draw a circle on it and use the "extrude" tool to push the circle through the box creating a hole. Once you get your head around it it's actually faster but it definitely takes a shift in your thinking if you're used to more traditional applications. The nice thing is that once you're done you can rotate, cut sections, and dimension very easily. There are lots of free tutorials, video's etc on the web for it.

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Thanks ya all. I have never tried drafting on "puters". As a welder I know how to read blueprints and such. In 8th-9th grade, last century, I took mechanical drawing and architectural drawing and I drew up a double A frame house that sold to a architectural firm for $150, and they changed a few things and sold 1000's of copies in the 70's and 80's. Mostly what I drew up back then were "Bents" and Tandem's. BIKES.
 
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