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Old 09-05-12, 10:32 PM   #1
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Can anyone recommend a free 3-D solid modeling software?

Can anyone recommend a free 3-D solid modeling software that is similar to Solidworks? I use SW at work but want to fool around on the weekend with a few little projects.
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Old 09-06-12, 02:15 AM   #2
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Check out:
3DVIA Shape - easiest to use.
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Can anyone recommend a free 3-D solid modeling software that is similar to Solidworks? I use SW at work but want to fool around on the weekend with a few little projects.
There's Blender, but it's more all purpose than just modeling. Blender 3D Basics is a good book to get you started.
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Have you tried Google Sketchup? It's a bit simplistic, but it is free and can import and export DXF.
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Thanks for all these suggestions. I'm going to try 3DVIA first since it's sold by the same company as Solidworks, i.e. Dasault. I might need more RAM.
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