Before embarking on 3D printing, you must first make a 3D digital model of the part. This can be done in a number of ways. Probably the most common technology in 3D printing modeling is CAD (computer aided design), which is used in the creation of designs, constructions and technical drawings. There are many types of CAD software available today, ranging from free to expensive, beginner to expert, and intuitive to complete. Among the most popular is nanoCAD, free software developed by Nanosoft.
Anyone who visits the website will quickly find that Nanosoft offers six CAD versions: nanoCAD (the basic free version), nanoCAD Plus (the paid version with API), nanoCAD Pro (the successor to nanoCAD Plus with 3D solid modeling), nanoCAD Mechanik (version for mechanical designs), nanoCAD Construction (for civil engineers) and nanoCAD 3DScan (for processing 3D scanned data). However, we are only focusing on the basic free version.
What to expect in this version of nanoCAD
According to the manufacturer, nanoCAD not only has high performance and a wide range of functions, but also has a classic user interface that makes this CAD software easy to use, and therefore suitable for beginners. For users who already have experience with CAD applications or even other software, using the interface should be a snap. Of course, there’s a canvas, command line, menu items, and icons, all of which are easily recognizable and intuitive to use. Several drawing methods are available to create geometric elements. Plus, you can edit your models with minimal mouse clicks and simplify and speed up your drawing process with reusable blocks and references to external drawings. With all these basic but also advanced tools, you will be able to create DWG compatible CAD files. This means that drawings created or edited in software can be used by almost all other popular CAD systems without conversion or loss of data. In addition, the automatic saving and saving functions ensure that no document data is lost.
The free version still has several types of APIs for building CAD applications. These allow easy translation of AutoCAD based applications. It is therefore an object-oriented, compact and robust programming interface. In addition, nanoCAD is equipped with the MultiCAD â¢ API for C ++ and .NET, a revolutionary development tool for building binary compatible applications for various CAD platforms. Applications developed with the MultiCAD API can run not only in nanoCAD, but also in other compatible CAD systems, including AutoCAD. Those wishing to download Nanosoft software for free will need MS WindowsÂ® 8, MS WindowsÂ® 7 or MS WindowsÂ® Vista as their operating system.
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