Is FreeCAD for serious business?

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DragoonCloud666
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Is FreeCAD for serious business?

Postby DragoonCloud666 » Thu Jun 01, 2017 8:21 am

Hello, straightforward question: Is FreeCAD up to the task of getting things done for small companies, every single design (mostly shells and casing) and even able to take up on serious tools like Solidworks?

Thank you for answer and sorry for English.
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Re: Is FreeCAD for serious business?

Postby Kunda1 » Thu Jun 01, 2017 12:07 pm

DragoonCloud666 wrote:
Thu Jun 01, 2017 8:21 am
Hello, straightforward question: Is FreeCAD up to the task of getting things done for small companies, every single design (mostly shells and casing) and even able to take up on serious tools like Solidworks?

Thank you for answer and sorry for English.
Please read https://forum.freecadweb.org/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=22372
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Re: Is FreeCAD for serious business?

Postby PrzemoF » Thu Jun 01, 2017 3:24 pm

@DragoonCloud666: I guess it depends on what exactly to you need. Can you give some more details? What's the starting point for your work, what's at the end (model, drawings some other documentation). Do you do any calculations like stress/heat flow?
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Re: Is FreeCAD for serious business?

Postby easyw-fc » Thu Jun 01, 2017 7:24 pm

DragoonCloud666 wrote:
Thu Jun 01, 2017 8:21 am
Hello, straightforward question: Is FreeCAD up to the task of getting things done for small companies, every single design (mostly shells and casing) and even able to take up on serious tools like Solidworks?

Thank you for answer and sorry for English.
In many cases FC can be even better than commercial CADs... more flexible, more customizable, more scriptable... great STEP interoperability...
and if you need a special feature, you can even think to add it yourself! :D
Oh, I forgot... a great support forum! :D
Here a tutorial for enclosure design in FC
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Nu8y0C0nvg
and the FC file Arduino_Case.FCStd

And an other real world project:
https://forum.freecadweb.org/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=22558
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Re: Is FreeCAD for serious business?

Postby triplus » Fri Jun 02, 2017 2:42 pm

Best to try it out and see for yourself.
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Re: Is FreeCAD for serious business?

Postby Kunda1 » Fri Jun 02, 2017 2:47 pm

DragoonCloud666 wrote:
Thu Jun 01, 2017 8:21 am
Hello, straightforward question: Is FreeCAD up to the task of getting things done for small companies, every single design (mostly shells and casing) and even able to take up on serious tools like Solidworks?

Thank you for answer and sorry for English.
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Re: Is FreeCAD for serious business?

Postby easyw-fc » Tue Jun 02, 2020 8:24 am

Could some moderator 'clean' the provious post... it seems to me a commercial advertisement instead of a 'late' post reply
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Re: Is FreeCAD for serious business?

Postby PrzemoF » Tue Jun 02, 2020 8:28 am

easyw-fc wrote:
Tue Jun 02, 2020 8:24 am
Could some moderator 'clean' the provious post... it seems to me a commercial advertisement instead of a 'late' post reply
I removed it - thanks for the catch!
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Re: Is FreeCAD for serious business?

Postby freedman » Tue Jun 02, 2020 3:29 pm

FreeCAD is ready for business but it has some limitations, like all programs. You will need to learn the limitations so you can protect your hard work. It took me about a year (part time) to get really comfortable with what I should and should not do. It's not file saving stuff, it has more to do with files and drawings and a good approach to track changes made day after day, creating good part numbers and locking your changes with dimensions.
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Re: Is FreeCAD for serious business?

Postby alexv » Wed Jun 03, 2020 3:56 am

I am using FC for about a year for a hobby project and despite some rough edges once in a while, I am able to run full workflow from design to cutting on CNC. Couple of things I learned:
Have both 0.18 and 0.19 installed and switch to another in case if something does not work
Keep design files on versioned file system, e.g. dropbox, so you can always go back in case if messed something up or file got corrupted.
I tried both Fusion 360 and FC and I felt more in home with FC.
Alex