Re: Question for DeltaCAD users...

We use Solid Edge, a 3D parametric CAD solid modeler here. If anyone is interested in giving a good 2D package a try, Solid Edge offers the 2D version free. You have to register, but there is no fee for non-commercial use.

I haven't tried the free version, but supposedly the sketching part works just like the version I use. One huge benefit to parametric sketching, is the ability to drive the drawing by editing the dimensions. For instance, you draw a rectangle and a circle. Then decide you want the rectangle to be a square, so you add an "equal" constraint on two adjacent sides. Now slap a dimension on one side, and another on the circle. Edit the dimensions, and the drawing will change to match. Want the circle tangent to the square? just assign the "tangent" constraint. It makes editing easy, and allows somewhat freeform sketching, and then fine tuning later.

Here's the link: http://www.solidedge.com/free2d/default.htm

Disclaimer: I have no connection to this vendor other than being a satisfied user. Neither Ridge Tool nor I endorse or profit from this recomendation.

We use Solid Edge, a 3D parametric CAD solid modeler here. If anyone is interested in giving a good 2D package a try, Solid Edge offers the 2D version free. You have to register, but there is no fee for non-commercial use.

I haven't tried the free version, but supposedly the sketching part works just like the version I use. One huge benefit to parametric sketching, is the ability to drive the drawing by editing the dimensions. For instance, you draw a rectangle and a circle. Then decide you want the rectangle to be a square, so you add an "equal" constraint on two adjacent sides. Now slap a dimension on one side, and another on the circle. Edit the dimensions, and the drawing will change to match. Want the circle tangent to the square? just assign the "tangent" constraint. It makes editing easy, and allows somewhat freeform sketching, and then fine tuning later.

Here's the link: http://www.solidedge.com/free2d/default.htm

Disclaimer: I have no connection to this vendor other than being a satisfied user. Neither Ridge Tool nor I endorse or profit from this recomendation.

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