FreeCAD

FreeCAD

by FreeCAD

Who Uses FreeCAD?

On-premise 3D parametric modeler platform that enables architects, programmers, and teachers to make machine tools and architectural designs in 2D and 3D thereby creating production-ready drawings.

What Is FreeCAD?

Open-source parametric 3D modeler application with modular architecture for designing machine tools and architectural designs in 2D and 3D thereby creating production-ready drawings.

FreeCAD Details

FreeCAD

https://www.freecadweb.org

FreeCAD Pricing Overview

FreeCAD does not have a free version and does not offer a free trial.

Pricing Details

Contact FreeCAD for pricing details.

Free Version

No

Free Trial

No

Deployment

Installed - Mac

Installed - Windows

Training

Not Offered

Support

Online

FreeCAD Features

3D CAD Software
2D Drawing
Animation
Annotations
Bill of Materials
Collaboration Tools
Component Library
Data Import/Export
For 3D Printing
For Architects
For Manufacturers
Reference Management
Simulation
2D Drawing
3D Modeling
Chemical
Civil
Collaboration
Design Analysis
Design Export
Document Management
Electrical
Mechanical
Mechatronics
Presentation Tools

FreeCAD Reviews

Showing 5 of 90 reviews

Overall
4.4/5
Ease of Use
4.1/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
4.3/5
Value for Money
4.6/5
James W.
Software Engineer
Used the Software for: 1+ year
  • Overall Rating
    5/5
  • Ease of Use
    4/5
  • Features & Functionality
    5/5
  • Customer Support
    4/5
  • Value for Money
    5/5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    Unrated
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 18/07/2018

"CAD software provides a good opportunity for rendering different models of houses and buildings."

Pros: In comparison with other AutoCad softwares,it is one of the different version software. We can make 3 D drawing through this software at different angles of projection which is is indeed the most fantastic feature. This software is used by everyone whether students or professionals but proved to be helpful to everyone.

Cons: Sometimes when we are updating modules, at that time some of the modules are not updated. So we feel that they will update in next versions of software. The learning curve of this software is quite difficult for the new users. For this sometimes some users have to take CAD classes in order to have good command on the usage of this particular software.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 18/07/2018
Dave S.
sr pcb designer
Design, 2-10 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
  • Overall Rating
    5/5
  • Ease of Use
    3/5
  • Features & Functionality
    5/5
  • Customer Support
    3/5
  • Value for Money
    5/5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    8/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 27/02/2020

"Best Free 3D Tool Available"

Comments: I use this software to review 3D data created by mechanical designers on commercial platforms.

Pros: Very good 3D tool and perfect for anyone who needs to review 3D models and does not own a commercially available solution. Backed by a dedicated group of skilled knowledgeable developers.

Cons: The tool has capabilities far beyond what I am currently using it for. It is somewhat difficult to learn how to perform new tasks as more focus is placed on functionality improvements at the expense of how-to documentation.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 27/02/2020
Verified Reviewer
Project Engineer / Program Facilitator
Management Consulting, 51-200 Employees
Used the Software for: 1-5 months
  • Overall Rating
    4/5
  • Ease of Use
    3/5
  • Features & Functionality
    4/5
  • Customer Support
    Unrated
  • Value for Money
    Unrated
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    7/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 28/05/2020

"New User"

Comments: Being a new user, I have so far enjoyed using FreeCAD. It is perfect for the small projects that I need it for.

Pros: FreeCAD has everything and more that you could ask for from a free modeling software. I needed to model a backyard project and this software has been perfect for a project that size. I have a little bit of experience with other modeling software, and FreeCAD seems to follow a similar structure making it not difficult to find what I am looking for most of the time.

Cons: I am using FreeCAD on a Mac OS. Most of the limited in-software help info is Windows specific, making it difficult because tools can be in different places. I have had to turn to the user forum for a few items which is very helpful.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 28/05/2020
Verified Reviewer
Research Assistant
Airlines/Aviation, 5,001-10,000 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
  • Overall Rating
    3/5
  • Ease of Use
    3/5
  • Features & Functionality
    2/5
  • Customer Support
    2/5
  • Value for Money
    3/5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    6/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 21/10/2019

"Free CAD software"

Pros: can be oriented by user script and easy to implement automatic CAD generation.

Cons: poor and very complicated user interface. 3D surface generation can not react that you desire.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 21/10/2019
Michael K.
Owner
Health, Wellness & Fitness, Self Employed
Used the Software for: 2+ years
  • Overall Rating
    4/5
  • Ease of Use
    3/5
  • Features & Functionality
    4/5
  • Customer Support
    Unrated
  • Value for Money
    5/5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    8/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 02/04/2020

"Excellent product for free"

Comments: Love it. I used Pro/ENGINEER in the early 90's and it was such a wonderful leap over AutoCAD but hugely expensive. I used my outdated copy of AutoCAD for years until I discovered FreeCAD 5 or 6 years ago. Initially it was a steep learning curve but with the abundance of videos on YouTube and perseverance I am now quite adept at using it. I have designed/built a semi-automatic machine for my production and have several 3D printed tools used in that machine. FreeCAD has been a Godsend for developing and evaluating my ideas and I would definitely recommend it if you are a small business with minimal or no budget for expensive CAD software.

Pros: Price (free), functionality: solid modeling (not just a collection of lines, arc and circles) , features, (eventual) ease of use, ability to create .stl files for 3D printer. The software is parametric meaning you can adjust dimensions and update the model, ability to create assemblies.

Cons: Steep learning curve but thankfully with YouTube... I haven't looked for awhile but the documentation was lacking when I first got into it. I haven't had to use the forum for help so I can't speak to that but in searching the forum it seems to be very active with volunteers answering questions.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 02/04/2020