CAD / CAM

black_dot http://www.artofillusion.org/
Art of Illusion is a free, open source 3D modelling and rendering studio. Many of its capabilities rival those found in commercial programs. Highlights include subdivision surface based modelling tools, skeleton based animation, and a graphical language for designing procedural textures and materials.
blue_dot http://www.tech-edv.co.at/05_LUnIx/80_CAD~2f3d/10_CAD~20Links/index.php
CAD & Linux: The LUnIx Linux CAD Links presented by Tech-EDV
black_dot http://code.google.com/p/cam-occ/
cam-occ – gcode visualization with OpenCASCADE libraries, incomplete and stalled.
red_dot http://www.cnc-toolkit.com/
The CNC Toolkit – Free and open-source CAM plugin. Useful CNC Related Links – http://www.cnc-toolkit.com/links.html
black_dot http://www.freecadweb.org/wiki/index.php?title=Main_Page

FreeCAD is a general purpose 3D CAD modeler. The development is completely Open Source (GPL & LGPL License). FreeCAD is aimed directly at mechanical engineering and product design but also fits in a wider range of uses around engineering, such as architecture or other engineering specialties.

FreeCAD features tools similar to Catia, SolidWorks or 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.

red_dot http://gcam.js.cx/index.php/Main_Page

GCAM is the free GNU Computer Aided Manufacturing package. Most 3-Axis Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) mills such as the Taig, Sherline and Haas are supported in both english and metric units. GCAM has a simple interface for making bolt holes, drill holes, sketches, templates, and more. After extruding these entities one can export the corresponding G-code for the selected cutting tool(s). GCAM also imports RS274X (Gerber) and Excellon drill files for gerber to G-code pcb milling conversion used in circuit board prototyping. Once a design is complete one can export the corresponding G-Code to the appropriate CNC driver of choice such as TurboCNC for DOS or EMC for Linux.

Please use the Discussion Forum to post any questions or suggestions. The GCAM source code is approximately 22k lines of C and is released under the GNU General Public License.

The GCAM source code can also be downloaded from the Files page. Please post all feature requests under Bugzilla.

green_dot http://www.glc-player.net/

GLC_Player is a software used to view 3d models (COLLADA 3DXML OBJ 3DS STL OFF COFF Format) and to navigate easily in these models. With the album management, capture and multi-capture capabilities, html export and navigation possibilities GLC_Player is the accurate tools to review a lot of 3D models and to create illustrations.

GLC_Player is a cross-platform application (Mac, Linux and Windows). GLC_Player is a Qt4 application and use GLC_Lib. Source code available.

red_dot http://librecad.org/cms/home.html
LibreCAD is a free Open Source CAD application for Windows, Apple and Linux. Support and documentation is free from our large, dedicated community of users, contributors and developers. You, too, can also get involved!
red_dot http://lx-viewer.sourceforge.net/
LX-Viewer is a program that will allow you to open, view, print and convert DWG or DXF files, typically used in AutoCAD related technical drafting. The most important feature is that LX-Viewer allows you to manipulate your DWG data on the Linux platform. You may zoom and pan the drawing as you would in AutoCAD. Files can be saved to DWG or DXF formats from AutoCAD version 2.5 to 2002, also as BMP, SVG and PNG formats. Files can be printed or plotted to a Postscript printer or to file. Multiple files can be batch converted or batch plotted. Layer states can be changed (on/off, freeze/thaw, etc) with a full layer dialog. The paperspace/model space toggle is fully implemented, as is the ability to select among various paperspace layouts for AutoCAD drawings.
black_dot http://www.modelpress.com/solidworks-viewer.htm
Free SolidWorks Viewer – 3D CAD VISUALIZATION SOFTWARE
black_dot http://opencam.sourceforge.net/
OpenCAM is an application that can handle vectorial drawing files send ‘em to CNC Machines, following all commands and parameters described in a single text file.
blue_dot http://www.opencascade.org/

Open CASCADE Technology – is a software development platform freely available in open source. It includes C++ components for 3D surface and solid modeling, visualization, data exchange and rapid application development. Open CASCADE Technology can be best applied in development of specialized CAD/CAM/CAE applications. The typical applications built with help of OCCT are pre- and post-processors for finite element analysis software, CNC/CMM path generators, numerical simulation programs, etc.

Open CASCADE Technology (former CAS.CADE) exists from the mid 1990-s and has already been used by numerous commercial clients belonging to different domains -− from software edition to heavy industry.

black_dot https://www.olimex.com/PCB/DesignTools/
PCB design tools – links collection
black_dot http://sagcad.sourceforge.jp/
SagCAD is a CAD/CAM of 2D. Designed for the X Window System, it uses the GTK+ 1.2 libraries.
black_dot http://sdr.ru/
САПР “Сударушка” – большой комплекс программ для конструкторских работ, прочностных расчётов и технологической подготовки производства.
black_dot http://www.codeproject.com/Articles/3742/StL-Data-File-Viewer
StL Data File Viewer – StereoLithography(StL) is something that is widely used in CAD/CAM, RapidPrototyping etc. The concept is that any surface or solid is exported to StL format by data exchange packages after they are modeled in commercial CAD packages. This data consists of triangulated facets that approximate the surface of the solid. Source code included.
red_dot http://www.dakeng.com/
TurboCNC – the best open-source CNC control around... The purpose of this site is to help CNC and other metalworking enthusiasts in their endeavors by providing quality, no-nonsense software and information. Feel free to browse around and see what’s here.

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