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    Cad software to save .dxf files

    Hi, not really sure where to post this but here goes,

    There seems to be things like Gimp, Inkscape, Open office that match commercial applications, but I cant find a 2D or 3D CAD package that loads and saves DXF file formats anywhere.

    anyone any ideas ?

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    Re: Cad software to save .dxf files

    Quote Originally Posted by jethro10
    Hi, not really sure where to post this but here goes,

    There seems to be things like Gimp, Inkscape, Open office that match commercial applications, but I cant find a 2D or 3D CAD package that loads and saves DXF file formats anywhere.

    anyone any ideas ?
    Hi,

    Freshmeat host a few, try source forge as well.
    http://freshmeat.net/search/?q=dxf&t...&Go.x=7&Go.y=8

    I can not comment on any of these though I can on GeoTools hosted on Sourceforge, though this is a open source project for a java framework for spaital data. Though as you said 3D i presume this is more engineering as aposed to spatial? Whats your background?

    http://sourceforge.net/projects/geotools

    I hope this helps.

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    Re: Cad software to save .dxf files

    Quote Originally Posted by lukew
    Hi,

    Freshmeat host a few, try source forge as well.
    http://freshmeat.net/search/?q=dxf&t...&Go.x=7&Go.y=8

    I can not comment on any of these though I can on GeoTools hosted on Sourceforge, though this is a open source project for a java framework for spaital data. Though as you said 3D i presume this is more engineering as aposed to spatial? Whats your background?

    http://sourceforge.net/projects/geotools

    I hope this helps.

    Luke
    My background is just I.T. but I have 2 users that use Dolphin, a 2D cad package which is most of our needs, but both are starting to ask for 3D and I though its a good way to introduct linux to my company.

    Jeff

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    Re: Cad software to save .dxf files

    Blender?
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    Re: Cad software to save .dxf files

    I am also a beginner in linux and have used CAD very little in this short time, but QCaD which is a freebie and is in your repository will handle .dxf.

    CSSJR

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    Re: Cad software to save .dxf files

    Quote Originally Posted by cssutto
    I am also a beginner in linux and have used CAD very little in this short time, but QCaD which is a freebie and is in your repository will handle .dxf.

    CSSJR
    Yeah, looked at that but it seems a bit basic for our needs, but I see them both in the package manager so will d/l and try
    thanks
    jeff
    Last edited by jethro10; May 26th, 2006 at 05:15 PM.

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    Re: Cad software to save .dxf files

    I just looked at blender, and it supports DXF. It is in the File>Import menu.
    To install -
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install blender
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    Re: Cad software to save .dxf files

    Quote Originally Posted by cssutto
    I am also a beginner in linux and have used CAD very little in this short time, but QCaD which is a freebie and is in your repository will handle .dxf
    I need to create a dxf file, so I installed qcad.

    Is there a simple tutorial anywhere? I'm lost...

    For example, If I want to make a simple thing, like a washer. Two circles, the smaller one subtracted from the larger one. How do I do that?

    I just can't figure it out at all...
    Some people say I'm a man of few words, but the fact is that most people talk too much without actually saying anything.

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    Re: Cad software to save .dxf files

    I use autocad at work but it should be similar. You would need to use an offset command if there is 1. Another way you can do this is by drawing your circle and drawing another circle inside of this using the snap.

    http://www.ribbonsoft.com/qcad/manual_reference/

    This is what i found out about it.

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    Re: Cad software to save .dxf files

    Quote Originally Posted by jethro10
    Yeah, looked at that but it seems a bit basic for our needs, but I see them both in the package manager so will d/l and try
    thanks
    jeff
    If you are wanting a full featured CAD program, Qcad is a bit basic. I use Autocad under windows every day at work and have been looking for a Linux replacement. There are several programs based on IntelliCAD that run under linux but I have not tried them in Linux and they are not free. They are, however, signifigantly cheaper than AutoCAD. I have tried one of them under windows ( they come with 30 day demo mode) and was amazed at the power and compatibility with AutoCAD. I was able to read and write native dwg and dxf files back and forth between IntelliCAD and AutoCAD with no problem. All for 250 to 400 bucks. We have a new Ubuntu server here at work and I will be trying the linux version soon. Lokk at the following links for more info.

    http://www.bricscad.com/

    IntelliCAD itself is administered by the IntelliCAD Technology Consortium and licensed to retailers. See
    http://www.intellicad.org/aboutintelliCAD/default.asp

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