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    Senior Member 009jim's Avatar
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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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    Check out:
    3DVIA Shape - easiest to use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 009jim View Post
    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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