DraftSight, a free CAD system, gets improved dimensioning

DraftSight, a free CAD system, gets improved dimensioning

Dassault Systems have just released an update to its freeware DraftSight CAD system for Linux, Windows and Mac. The new version focuses on dimensioning.

The first new feature is smart dimensions — linear, aligned, radial, diametrical, arc length, and angular. Here is a video:

The second new feature is being able to place dimensions in Sheet mode, and those dimensions will be linked to geometry in the Model mode. Here is another video:

Finally, you can now easily flip dimension arrows from either displaying between or outside of Dimension Extension lines. There is a video for that feature as well:

You can download DraftSight for Linux, Mac and Windows here.

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  1. It’s not free as in freedom. Maybe the title should be ...a zero-cost CAD system…

  2. Alexandre Prokoudine 15 February 2012 at 10:32 pm

    Yes, it’s not. “Free” has many meanings.

  3. Hello there,
    Draftsight and qcad/Librecad are nice applications and also crossplatform. In the near future I expect Cademia on the same level as Librecad.
    It is a cad product written in java so it is crossplatform.
    They still don’t have functionality like easy usable blocks/symbols wich is really needed in a professional cad app. On the contrary they are different by rethinking the cad approach. Maybe it is a good idea to give them an evaluation as well. You can find it at cademia.org
    Thanks for all those nice background information about open source design software!
    Regards, Kasper

  4. Alexandre Prokoudine 19 February 2012 at 10:39 pm

    Hi Kasper. Coincidentally, I came across CADEMIA (again) just few days ago, but haven’t given it a try yet. So hey, that sounds like one more reason to see what’s good there :) Thanks for the hint!

  5. hi guys do you know any opensource cad software has complex surface creation tools something like boundary, fill or loft?

  6. Can you post how to draft a screw in 3d ?