ARCHITECTURE

Installable programs in this section: Architecture

LibreCad

Description: LibreCAD is a complete, comprehensive 2D CAD application that you can download, install and distribute for free.
Assistance and documentation is free, can be copied, used and customized.
Features: Layers, blocks, grooves, polylines, ellipse tools, tangent line & advanced circle, transformation tools, advanced snapping system and more.
Uses the DXF file format for importing and saving files, but can also export SVG, JPG, PNG, PDF, etc.

Author: RibbonSoft, Andrew Mustun
Site: http://librecad.org
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Architecture: 32/64 bit
License: GPL
Language: Romanian

FreeCad

Description: FreeCAD is a 3D parametric modeling tool with modular architecture, mechanical engineering and product design, as well as architecture.
Easy to use by home and passionate users but also at school.
Easy to customize and expand with features without modifying the base system.
It has tools similar to Catia, SolidWorks, or Solid Edge, ranging from MCAD, PLM, CAxand CAE. Write and read files such as step, iges, obj, stl, dxf, svg, dae, ifc, off, nastran, vrml.
2D components in order to sketch 2D shapes or extract design details from the 3D model to create 2D production drawings.
It uses intensively all the major open-source libraries that exist in the field of computer science. Freecad itself can also be used as a library for other programs.
Runs impeccably with exactly the same look and functionality on Windows, Linux/Unix and Mac OSX.

Author: Jürgen Riegel, Werner Mayer, Yorik van Havre
Site: http://www.freecadweb.org
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Architecture: 32/64 bit
License: GPL
Language: Romanian

BrlCad

Description: BRL-CAD is a solid, powerful modeling system, a collection of more than 400 tools, utilities, and applications, used in a wide range of military, academic and industrial applications including design and analysis of vehicles, mechanical parts and architecture.
It supports a wide variety of geometric representations including an extended set of traditional primitive CSG implicit solids such as boxes, ellipsoids, cones, and torus as well as explicit solids made from NURBS collections, B-Spline Surfaces Uniforms, NMG as well as geometry of pure face mesh.
All geometric objects can be combined with the theoretical booleen CSG operations, including union, intersection, and difference.

Author: Mike Muuss
Site: http://brlcad.org/
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Architecture: 32/64 bit
License: GPL
Language: English

Sweet Home 3D

Description: Sweet Home 3D is an open source interior design application that allows people to test new furniture arrangements before they actually try and eventually virtual visit to 3D viewing.
It is quite powerful and extensible, but it remains relatively simple to use even for people who know little or nothing about home design.
The tutorial will guide you through the first steps in designing with Sweet Home 3D.

Author: Johannes Schmid, Sebastien Granjoux, Massimo Cora, James Liggett
Site: http://Sweethome3d.org/
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Architecture: 32/64 bit
License: GPL
Language: English

OpenSCAD

Description: OpenSCAD is free multi-platform software for creating solid 3D CAD models. Unlike most free software to create 3D models such as Blender it does not focus on the artistic aspects of 3D modeling, but on the CAD aspects. So it could be the application you are looking for when you are planning to create 3D models of machine parts, but quite sure it is not what you are looking for when you are more interested in creating computer animation movies.
OpenSCAD is not an interactive modeling machine. Instead, it’s something like a 3D-compiler that reads in a script file describing the object and makes the 3D model of this script file. This gives you complete control over the modeling process and allows you to easily change any step in the modeling process or to make designs that are defined by configurable parameters.
OpenSCAD offers two main modeling techniques: a solid constructive geometry (CSG), and second there is extrusion of 2D contours. In the data exchange format for this 2D contour, AutoCAD DXF files are used. In addition to 2D extrusion paths, it is also possible to read design parameters from DXF files.
In addition to DXF files, OpenSCAD can read and create 3D models in STL and OFF file formats.

Author: Marius Kintel, Clifford Wolf
Site: http://www.openscad.org
Email: marius@kintel.net, clifford@clifford.at
Architecture: 32/64 bit
License: GPL
Language: English

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