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a parametric 3D CAD modeler

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    I had high hopes for FreeCAD. All the tutorial videos looked fantastic, here and there a small glitch, not too much to worry about as the goal was still achieved. My Mac OS X version of FreeCAD is unusable and extremely unstable. My user experience in this environment is sad to say a complete disappointment. I will try the Windows version and have better results to report.

    Posted 01/31/2017
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    I hesitate to give even a one star rating. This software is absolutely unusable. Cannot even rotate a 3d object around any of its axes without also moving it around the screen some random amount at the same time. Please remove this software from the world.

    Posted 01/11/2017
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    I'm afraid I have to add my voice to perhaps encourage the developers (who are clearly genius's), but also to warn potential users. As many others are saying, the user interface is, sorry, diabolical. However, I have found it to be surprisingly robust, easy to install, and gives me just enough control to easily review designs from others -- excellent steps file import and export, good simple load and save & combine. It needs a ground up interface resign that was al least as simple to use as Google sketchup, and a simple snap grid of some sort instead of infinitely variable placement and rotation (so you can move something and back to precisely the same position) among other things..however, it is free, and currently there is no equal for free users (all I want to do is review things and make suggestions without buying something expensive). Libre is 2D, and BRL-Cad is more of a renderer from what I hear... maybe I'll try that next. So well done .. look forward to when it is finished and a coherent user-interface is added. Lastly, THANK YOU.

    Posted 10/26/2015
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    It's decent in some areas, but full of bugs and with a horrendous interface design and lack of options. It really needs a lot of improvement to avoid being the frustrating piece of software it is. Update: I decided to stop using it after giving it a lot of time. I just can't stand it. It's worse than an inkjet printer in the 90s. I can't remember so much frustration with any piece of software, and most of it coming from bad design decisions (i.e. seems to store external references as indexes to the element in the array of the sketch elements, so when one element in the sketch is deleted, everything done after goes crazy) and bad software development (lots of crashes and segmentation faults -especially when using its Python scripting). I think it will take a lot of work to make FreeCAD really functional, but right now it's not usable for any practical purposes (unless the design you're working on is quite simple). I won't recommend to use it unless you are playing or helping to develop it. And good luck with the latter.

    Posted 03/11/2015
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    I've downloaded and installed FreeCad on a Windows 8 Platform but I am unable to open the program to start using it. Can you please help

    Posted 04/23/2014
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    I've been using it for a few weeks now. It started out promising and I was able to make some good models for 3D printing. Then I hit a wall trying to do boolean operations. Apparently the OpenCasCade library that FreeCAD uses for booleans is not too robust. The end result is that I can't get the results I want which ultimately makes this a dead end for me. I'll keep using it for basic work, but I would never promote this to my peers/colleagues as a tool that gets real work done. I'll change my review when I can get consistent/quality results from boolean ops.

    Posted 01/02/2014
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    600 5 star ratings <-- haven't used a professional parametric 3D cad program. 150 1 star ratings <-- have used a professional parametric 3D cad program. A shovel is a godsend if you were digging with your bare hands. It kind of sucks if you had an excavator. FreeCAD is nowhere near professional 3D cad software such as Solidworks or Autodesk Inventor, which cost thousands of dollars/euros. Features are sparse, ui is clumsy. But it's free. I tried to give this 2/5, but I honestly cannot. For I have used professional 3D cad software.

    Posted 07/20/2013
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    I discontinued Autocad and tried Freecad do continue drawing my house in 3D. I tried to move objects and extrude planes, and create walls... nothing was possible?? When I click a plane I can not extrude it.. the extrude button stays grayed out??? I have tried all kind of options for 20 minutes. Nothing works. Maybe this program actually is capable of doing anything, but the user interface makes it impossible to use. I am happy to teach the programmers how to make it user friendly. Terrible software. I can not use it.

    Posted 07/09/2013
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    Promising. But at this point on my Mac only promising. As the old adage said: "If it sounds too good to be true, that in fact is probably the case!" Best of Luck.

    Posted 06/20/2013
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    Es un buen software 3D CAD pero no incluye una función de manejo de derechos de autor para todo el proyecto ni para la exportación hacia otros formatos. It's a good 3D CAD software but have not a rights management extension for the project or unless for the STEP file export. Please include a function for rights management.

    Posted 04/11/2013
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    Incredibly frustrating bit of software. Extremely unstable. 100% reproducible crash with the loft tool. Unintuitive interface. Trying to simply rotate a sketched part 90deg along an axis almost never gives expected results. I did it once by accident. Simple functionality is hidden or poorly labelled. Mouse control for zooming and panning is horribly unintuitive and doesn't work anything like any other 3D modelling or CAD package.

    Posted 03/18/2013
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    I was really excited about this program. It looks to be a great start on full featured CAD. All of my work must be done in Imperial units, however. I have no choice. I can not use metric. Please add imperial units to your program. All the functionality in the world is useless to me because you only work in metric.

    Posted 12/04/2012
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    Crashed constantly when going into quick preview mode. Online workaround to disable quick preview did not work.

    Posted 10/19/2012
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    If you work in standard units (not metric) DO NOT bother downloading this program. The idiots that built this software didnt take into account that the number one country in the world works in standard units

    Posted 05/17/2012
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    I found the program to be useless for creating anything new. Well I did manage to create a box but all I could do was pan around the lovely gray box. I could not find any tools which which to do anything else. Was this intended as just a viewer or what? Can some one teach me? Otherwise I'll stick to Amapi3D v6.

    Posted 09/26/2011
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    many configuration issues on Redhat 11 with KDE4. ONLY available for build from sources; no rpm or deb

    Posted 12/21/2009

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