2D CAD Tool Poll

What tool do you use for 2D CAD?

Hand-coded G-Code
3
3%
InkScape
48
46%
LibreCAD
5
5%
Other CAD program (specify)
13
12%
KiCAD (for circuitboards)
1
1%
Adobe Illustrator or other commercial vector drawing tool (specify)
16
15%
Simpler to use 3D tool for 2D (specify)
4
4%
Draw directly in CAM program (specify)
5
5%
Create G-Code (or DXF) programmatically (specify)
2
2%
Other (specify)
8
8%
 
Total votes: 105

WillAdams
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2D CAD Tool Poll

Post by WillAdams » Mon Jun 10, 2013 12:18 pm

We haven't had many polls, so I thought it'd be interesting to post a few to determine who's using what and how.

The poll is open, perpetual and one can change one's vote as needed when one moves to a different tool, so we may be able to get some useful data out of this.
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Althiels
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Re: 2D CAD Tool

Post by Althiels » Mon Jun 10, 2013 12:47 pm

I've been using Inkscape for things with words where I am not terribly concerned with dimensions and Draftsight for precision work. It is free and does a decent job
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Re: 2D CAD Tool

Post by twforeman » Mon Jun 10, 2013 12:51 pm

I use LibreCad for 2D - it's free and it gets the job done.

I also wrote a perl script for generating arrays of holes.
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Re: 2D CAD Tool Poll

Post by Tom Smith » Tue Jun 11, 2013 1:23 am

I do the bulk of my 2d in CamBam. I've dabbled in Sketchup for 2d (don't like the segmented curves) and Inkscape (still learning) and despite trying HeeksCAD and FreeCAD numerous times, some oddity or flakiness in either always drives me back to CamBam or sketchup...
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Re: 2D CAD Tool Poll

Post by bjbsquared » Tue Jun 11, 2013 2:51 am

I like to design in SketchUp and then export the 2D to SVG using the Flights of Ideas plugin.

I then replace the segments with real curves and get it ready for CAM.
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Re: 2D CAD Tool Poll

Post by WillAdams » Tue Jun 18, 2013 1:23 pm

Updated my vote to include Macromedia FreeHand, since I use it constantly (and can't stand Illustrator, which I've been using since v3.2 --- apparently the next version is to finish subsuming all of FreeHand's features --- a bit late for me) and Inkscape (which I use to convert from Freehand's .pdf to .svg).
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Re: 2D CAD Tool Poll

Post by areinike » Tue Sep 10, 2013 11:42 am

Vectric Cut2D. The more I use it, the more powerful it becomes. Simple to use, great little piece of software.

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Re: 2D CAD Tool Poll

Post by loopingz » Fri Oct 04, 2013 8:25 am

I like inkscape, especially for artwork.
Anyway Autocad is the best drawing board I know, but my main workflow would be Catia V5 3D to Catia V5 2D to inkscape... Both license are overkill for personnal use.
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Re: 2D CAD Tool Poll

Post by RobCee » Sun Feb 09, 2014 9:30 pm

I use DraftSight, it's pretty capable if a little annoying at times, simple Autocad clone, but free.
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Re: 2D CAD Tool Poll

Post by dataway » Mon Feb 10, 2014 6:58 am

I use Vectric Aspire for making custom signs and is a great software package
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