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Old 01. Jun 2016, 02:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default SolveSpace - a parametric 2D/3D CAD program

From the SolveSpace homepage...
SOLVESPACE is a parametric 3d CAD program. Applications include:
  • modeling 3d parts draw with extrudes, revolves, and Boolean (union / difference) operations
  • modeling 2d parts draw the part as a single section, and export DXF, PDF, SVG; use 3d assembly to verify fit
  • 3d-printed parts export the STL or other triangle mesh expected by most 3d printers
  • preparing CAM data export 2d vector art for a waterjet machine or laser cutter; or generate STEP or STL, for import into third-party CAM software for machining
  • mechanism design use the constraint solver to simulate planar or spatial linkages, with pin, ball, or slide joints
  • plane and solid geometry replace hand-solved trigonometry and spreadsheets with a live dimensioned drawing
SolveSpace was previously a commercial program until the developer, Jonathan Westhues, released the code in August 2013. Interested persons may want to read this write-up. There are several videos on YouTube as well.

Compared to other bloated CAD programs, SolveSpace weighs in at a measly 1.4 MB. SolveSpace is portable too. Once you download the single executable, you can drop it anywhere or carry it around on a flash drive.

SolveSpace works on Windows XP to 10 but Linux users can also run the program under WINE. RC versions are also available for Windows, Linux and Mac.
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Old 11. Jun 2016, 12:55 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi guys, I recently tried SolveSpace on a basic project and I thought I'd post a little demo here.

This is my first try with a CAD program so I am far from expert, but for a 6MB program, I think I am impressed! This is a keeper.
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