What vector programs do you use? any open source?

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What vector programs do you use? any open source?

Post by Gene Uselman » Mon Sep 05, 2016 3:22 pm

I am thinking I should do a FAQ on vector programs- can anyone enlighten me on open source programs that are well done? Thanks gene

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Re: What vector programs do you use? any open source?

Post by Gene Uselman » Wed Sep 07, 2016 2:59 pm

This is the most common one it seems- https://inkscape.org/en/

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Re: What vector programs do you use? any open source?

Post by Gene Uselman » Wed Oct 05, 2016 8:25 am

From Mike_C:

When I need to make precise parts I use either Onshape or Fusion360. Both offer free plans and can export DXF files.

Here is a good youtube video from Fusion360 on how to create files for your laser. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7riGolu7BpA

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Another thumbs up for Qcad for a free drawing program. It is a very easy transition for people who are moving from an older version of AutoCAD.

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Re: What vector programs do you use? any open source?

Post by sebastien laforet » Wed Oct 05, 2016 12:18 pm

GeneMpls wrote:This is the most common one it seems- https://inkscape.org/en/
at first, i was unable to use inkscape to create drawings that were enough "cad" like... until i discovered that you can add a grid (for example, 1mm grid), and you can make "cusp nodes" be attracted to the grid (not just the bounding box of each shape).

with this, you can, for example, draw a rectangle, convert to path, then "glue" the nodes to the grid to have perfect sizing, and then using the path tools (add/remove nodes, node properties, ...) to litteraly make whatever you want.

the weak point is you can not really create "technical" drawing, ie. inkscape is not very good if you want to compute intersections, cut paths along the intersection, draw parallel/perpendicular lines to any existing line... but for rectangular box design, this is ok.
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Re: What vector programs do you use? any open source?

Post by Preben Hovedskou » Wed Oct 05, 2016 2:39 pm

I use Qcad..!

It's a very very nice and free cad solution.
Very easy to use and perfect for our small machines.


http://www.qcad.org/en/

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Re: What vector programs do you use? any open source?

Post by Doug Fisher » Wed Oct 05, 2016 5:03 pm

Pepsi - I think I first learned about Qcad from your signature!
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Re: What vector programs do you use? any open source?

Post by Alexis Tzoulis » Mon Oct 24, 2016 12:08 pm

Open source / free are: freecad , librecad , inkscape .
Commercial am using are: autodesk artcam , vectric aspire but top software are solidworks , autocad and for more artistic projects illustrator & corel draw
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