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    Default Free (and easy) CAD software

    Hi,
    Is there a relatively easy and free piece of CAD software that people use to mock up what a design might look like?
    Thanks
    Emmy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Embo View Post
    Hi,
    Is there a relatively easy and free piece of CAD software that people use to mock up what a design might look like?
    Thanks
    Emmy
    Any software with good functionality comes with a learning curve. I'm not sure that a cad package is what you need, these are usually used for architectural and engineering drawings. I have used a free version of qcad years ago when I submitted planning docs.

    Currently I use inkscape for 2D drawing it is free and find it easy to use.

    For 3D work Blender is free and there is a free 3rd party plugin for jewellery design and it has some good reviews. I had a play with Blender a little while ago and it takes a while to get used to. I haven't tried the jewellery plugin.

    A really good art and photography editing software package is GIMP Gnu Image Manipulation Program and is free. I've used this for years and can recommend it.

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    Rhino is widely used for Jewellery Cad its not free but there is a free 3 month trial to see if you like it you can use it after 90 days but it won't save anything. https://www.rhino3d.com/download loads of online tutorials / youtube vids for it too.
    https://www.autodesk.co.uk/products/fusion-360/overview Fusion 360 is free for non commercial use but Im not sure the jewellery side of things is as well documented as with Rhino

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