FreeCAD Day 2023: Report and Continued Discussion

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  • FreeCAD

    Link branch FreeCAD (by realthunder)

  • It's been (mostly) solved in this dev branch: https://github.com/realthunder/FreeCAD/releases

    The team is working on a merge, but it's a big merge.

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  • solvespace

    Parametric 2d/3d CAD

  • N.B. I'm a mod of r/SolveSpace community on Reddit.[0]

    > There is a reason people love Solvespace over FreeCAD even though it is incredibly limited in comparison.

    As a SolveSpace user for nearly a decade, who started to learn FreeCAD last month, I may say that both apps has own pros'n'cons: SolveSpace has simpler UI (but lack of features for experts), while FreeCAD has a lot of features (but UI to complex for "normal" users).

    About "limited in comparison", he is may latest quick comparison of both apps:[1]

    SolveSpace is a good "Stage 1" tool for sketching ideas, while FreeCAD is more like "Stage 2" tool for converting sketch into real product. SolveSpace exported DXF (2D & 3D wireframe) & STL/OBJ (mesh) could be used as a base for FreeCAD and other apps (Blender, LibreCAD).[2]

    While SolveSpace is not a competitor to FreeCAD, it still could be used for design wide range of complex things for 3D printing or shop drawings, including assemblies.[3,4,5,6]

    The main problem of SolveSpace, is that it still has broken STEP export, as a result exported solid surfaces are non-manifold and after import into FreeCAD it is almost unusable (it may require a lot of work with "Shape builder" and "Surface" Workbench to revert it back to solid body).[7]

    There are also many NURBS & mesh issues in SolveSpace worse to fix.[8]

    [0] https://old.reddit.com/r/solvespace

    [1] https://fosstodon.org/@app4soft/109812747058078617

    [2] https://fosstodon.org/@app4soft/109813465975914195

    [3] https://fosstodon.org/@app4soft/109740222184364152

    [4] https://fosstodon.org/@app4soft/107098074104816439

    [5] https://fosstodon.org/@app4soft/109804453127760634

    [6] https://twitter.com/app4soft/status/1479875838451585026

    [7] https://github.com/solvespace/solvespace/issues/206

    [8] https://github.com/solvespace/solvespace/issues/1281

  • FreeCAD

    This is the official source code of FreeCAD, a free and opensource multiplatform 3D parametric modeler.

  • > It's been (mostly) solved in this dev branch

    To be clear, it is not a dev branch, but RealThunder's Link branch (FreeCADLink is a fork of FreeCAD).

    For topology naming, here is dev branch[0,1]

    [0] https://github.com/FreeCAD/FreeCAD/tree/development/toponami...

    [1] https://github.com/FreeCAD/FreeCAD-Bundle/releases/tag/topo-...

  • FreeCAD-Bundle

    Stand-alone repo to Build and Deploy installable FreeCAD images

  • > It's been (mostly) solved in this dev branch

    To be clear, it is not a dev branch, but RealThunder's Link branch (FreeCADLink is a fork of FreeCAD).

    For topology naming, here is dev branch[0,1]

    [0] https://github.com/FreeCAD/FreeCAD/tree/development/toponami...

    [1] https://github.com/FreeCAD/FreeCAD-Bundle/releases/tag/topo-...

  • cadquery

    A python parametric CAD scripting framework based on OCCT

  • >Python for CAD

    You might be interested in CadQuery:

    https://github.com/CadQuery/cadquery

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