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'''FreeCAD''' will be a general purpose 3D [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CAD CAD] modeler. The development will be completely ''Open Source''. As with many modern 3D [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CAD '''CAD'''] modelers it will have a 2D component in order to extract design detail from the 3D model to create 2D production drawings, although 2D (e.g. AutoCAD LT) is not the focus, neither are animation and organic shapes (e.g. Maya, 3D StudioMAX and Cinema 4D).
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'''FreeCAD''' will be a general purpose 3D [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CAD CAD] modeler. The development is be completely ''Open Source''. As with many modern 3D [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CAD '''CAD'''] modelers it will have a 2D component in order to extract design detail from the 3D model to create 2D production drawings, although 2D (e.g. AutoCAD LT) is not the focus, neither are animation and organic shapes (e.g. Maya, 3D StudioMAX and Cinema 4D).
  
 
FreeCAD is aimed directly at mechanical engineering, product design and related features like CatiaV4 and V5, SolidWorks and Solid Edge, and therefore also falls into the category of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CAD '''MCAD'''], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Product_Lifecycle_Management '''PLM'''], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CAx '''CAx'''] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer-aided_engineering '''CAE''']. It will be a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parametric_feature_based_modeler feature based parametric modeler] with a modular software architecture which makes it easy to provide additional functionality without modifying the core system.
 
FreeCAD is aimed directly at mechanical engineering, product design and related features like CatiaV4 and V5, SolidWorks and Solid Edge, and therefore also falls into the category of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CAD '''MCAD'''], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Product_Lifecycle_Management '''PLM'''], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CAx '''CAx'''] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer-aided_engineering '''CAE''']. It will be a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parametric_feature_based_modeler feature based parametric modeler] with a modular software architecture which makes it easy to provide additional functionality without modifying the core system.
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Got curious? Take a look at the [[Feature list]] or the [[Getting started]] articles.  
 
Got curious? Take a look at the [[Feature list]] or the [[Getting started]] articles.  
  
Also a major concern of FreeCAD is to utilize all the great libraries out there in the field of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientific_Computation Scientific Computing]. E.g. the [http://OpenCascade.org OpenCascade] library.
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A major concern of FreeCAD is to make heavy use of all the great libraries that exist out there in the field of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientific_Computation Scientific Computing]. Among them are:
  
* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_Inventor OpenInventor] in the incarnation of [http://Coin3D.org Coin3D]
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* [http://OpenCascade.org OpenCascade], a powerful CAD kernel
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* [http://Coin3D.org Coin3D], an incarnation of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_Inventor OpenInventor]
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* [http://www.qtsoftware.com/ Qt], the world-famous UI framework
  
  
 
[[Category:User Documentation]]
 
[[Category:User Documentation]]

Revision as of 21:52, 9 March 2009

FreeCAD will be a general purpose 3D CAD modeler. The development is be completely Open Source. As with many modern 3D CAD modelers it will have a 2D component in order to extract design detail from the 3D model to create 2D production drawings, although 2D (e.g. AutoCAD LT) is not the focus, neither are animation and organic shapes (e.g. Maya, 3D StudioMAX and Cinema 4D).

FreeCAD is aimed directly at mechanical engineering, product design and related features like CatiaV4 and V5, SolidWorks and Solid Edge, and therefore also falls into the category of MCAD, PLM, CAx and CAE. It will be a feature based parametric modeler with a modular software architecture which makes it easy to provide additional functionality without modifying the core system.

Got curious? Take a look at the Feature list or the Getting started articles.

A major concern of FreeCAD is to make heavy use of all the great libraries that exist out there in the field of Scientific Computing. Among them are: