[hackerspaces] CAD tools

druid at stonedcoder.org druid at stonedcoder.org
Wed Feb 25 21:30:55 CET 2009

We are pretty standardized on eagle and corel draw for most drafting / pcb 
needs. eagle is free for small PCBs, and actively supported by the 
community with libraries and instructables.

Corel draw is just damn easy compared to autodesk products for instance.

I don't see open source licensing being a huge benefit for these tools at 
this time, though it would be nice. Also linux is awesome, but all the 
students at workshops I run have had windows laptops pretty much, or had 
the tools issue well in hand. Identifying tools to address the lowest 
common denominator of student/member is important.



On Wed, 25 Feb 2009, Duncan Withers wrote:

> Hi All,
> I need some advice: I'm looking for CAD (2D / 3D / Electronics)/ CAM /
> Simulation software for Linux (preferably).
> My eventual goal is to have a common list of tools for hackerspace
> members to use. I figure that if people stick  to common tools (where
> applicable) within their own hackerspaces, it will make collaboration
> easier (That's the hope anyway). That, and I'm looking for tools that I
> can use myself :-)
> I know that there are a number of tools out there (I have done some
> googling), however I am looking for tools that people on this list have
> had experience with, and know work.
> For example, I know that many people swear by
> "Eagle"(http://www.cadsoft.de/) for schematics capture and PCB layout.
> (I have used it myself and know it is a fantastic tool, although their
> license is restrictive).
> The wish-list :
> GPL or similar non-restrictive license (Times are hard, and most of us
> are tinkerers, not professionals)
> Mature / Stable / Active (If it keeps bombing it it is useless)
> Documented (If you don't know how to use it it's also useless)
> Integrates with,or is at least compatible with other common tools. (EG
> can export in a common format.)
> Cross platform (People use many different operating systems, though I
> will punt Linux if I can ;-)
> Supported (Community and / or commercial)
> Easy to use
> I would really appreciate any insight or suggestions.
> Regards,
> Duncan
> DUCTAPE Hackerspace
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