Collaboration, communication and innovation are vital to successful product design - so are these free CAD tools
DraftSight, a Dassault Systems product, is a professional grade 2D CAD software that allows you to create, edit, and save 2D drawings in a native DWG or DXF format. This is based on the new ARES platform and has the same interface as the current AutoCAD user environment. Unlike traditional CAD, DraftSight offers a transparent, community-driven development process.
The Basic version (for Individuals) is a free download that is available for both Windows and Mac operating systems.
The Premium Pack (for Enterprises) includes all the features in the individual version plus affordable services that support software compliance issues, deployment, customization and integration. Premium services include:
Collaborate more effectively with everyone involved in product development by using eDrawings™ software, the first email-enabled communication tool that dramatically eases sharing of product design information. Fast, reliable, and convenient, eDrawings files supply accurate representations of 3D models and 2D drawings created with the most widely used CAD systems on the market. eDrawings offers unique capabilities like point-and-click animations that make it easy for anyone with a PC to interpret and understand 2D and 3D design data.
3D ContentCentral® is an online service for locating, configuring, and downloading free 3D CAD models of supplier parts, components, and assemblies. By joining the 3D ContentCentral® community, designers and engineers can find, configure, and download supplier certified CAD models of common supplier parts and off-the-shelf components for incorporation in product designs. Fast, real-time access to supplier parts models saves valuable time and effort, allowing you to focus more on actual product design.