Computers are all very good if you like that sort of thing, but every so often it’s nice to take an idea out of the computer and make it exist in real life.
For that, you might well need a 3D design program, which you can use to create files destined for a 3D printer, a CNC machine, a laser cutter or suchlike. With that in mind we’ve pulled together FreeCAD for Makers, written by the excellent Jo Hinchliffe.
Rocks and rockets
Jo has created a guide to this superb free design software that will take you from bashing rocks together to designing nosecones for rockets, creating technical drawings, folding sheet metal, and printing your own designs in hot plastic.
Because FreeCAD is free software, its users can add to it by writing extensions to the software to suit their needs. These add-ons, known as workbenches, cover a range of uses: PCB design, pipes, timber-framing, architectural design, and loads more. So whatever you’re interested in building, you’ll find a FreeCAD workbench for it.
In with the HackSpace crowd
All the tutorials in this guide were first published in HackSpace magazine, the magazine for the modern maker. We regularly feature 3D printing, home electronics builds, woodworking, and other projects, alongside a load of technologies far too esoteric to list here.
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