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    Default Free 2D CAD software from UGS

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    UGS has released a free 2D CAD program.
    http://www.solidedge.com/free2d/
    Seems to be aimed at mechanical users but might be worth a look.
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    Did anyone download this?, is at any good and has any one ever used Solid Edge the 3d version??

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    I just downloaded this, and tried it for a few minutes. It doesn't look too bad. I look forward to trying it out to see how well the parametrics in it work.

    I've used the 3D a few year ago. It was pretty good once you get used to it. It is a true parametric modeling program unlike AutoCAD.

    I don't think it will replace AutoCAD 2d and some of the features are just not there. Like Isometrics. If you have the power to eventually make your drawing into 3d why would you want to draw in isometric. But if you have no intentions of ever moving to 3d then isometrics are a very handy thing. I wish AutoCAD had a few more built in tools for working with isometrics (dimensions and text).

    If you are used to working in AutoCAD, the learning curve for starting in Solidworks is not big, but the learning curve for using the parametric part of the program is moderate, and really requires a shift in the mindset while designing. But I really think that the parametric power makes it worth the effort.

    I look forward to getting more familiar with this program.
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