Free CAD Software for Windows 10

BabaCAD 2017 is released on April 2th 2017. More advanced version of professional free CAD software which is now 64-bit with multi-document-interface with ribbon bar and optimized for Windows 10, but also works for other 64-bit Windows OS like Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.

Improvements and features that are added in this version are:

* 64-bit version with MDI (multiple-document-interface)
* modern designed with ribbon bar and large buttons
* different line types loads from bcad.lin
* user can update bcad.lin with custom linetypes
* auto-save with recovery (default 5 min)
* type AUTOSAVEINTERVAL in command window to change
* dynamic input (can be turned off – statusbar)
* easy start commands with auto-complete input
* type line/polyline length/angle using DynInput
* grid lines (F7 or status bar to turn on/off)
* anti-aliased smooth rendering (LW)
* new objects like SPLINE, 3D POLYLINE, ELLIPSE…
* join polylines, break polyline, break spline
* new modify tools: array, mirror
* copy objects and blocks between multiple documents
* LISP enabled, use APPLOAD or update bcad.mnu to load lisps
* 3D ready version (3D Modeling coming soon) with 3D objects
* LINE, 3D POLYLINE, POINT are 3D objects in BabaCAD 2017
* update Z coordinate in Properties window
* use 3DORBIT or VIEW to navigate in 3D or projection planes
* image (raster) save is working now (saved with path ref.)

BabaCAD 2017  has everything that every professional CAD software must have. That means you can draw lines, polylines, points, point clouds, circle, ellipse, spline, hatch, block. You can insert annotations or dimensions using smart dimensioning, insert text, images and even georeferenced raster images (tif, geotiff).

Hatch and line types can be customized by editing bcad.pat and bcad.lin files or you can replace them with already prepared files from other CAD platform, as these are standard formatted files for hatch patterns and line types.

Dynamic input allows you to directly type length and angle when drawing line segments, and auto-complete helps you to type commands quickly with just typing command starting letters.

BabaCAD is compatible with AutoCAD and other commercial CAD software cause it’s native file format is DXF and it opens DWG also (dwg version < R2007).

Users can make and insert blocks using block explorer window, then there is capability of organize objects in layers, change colors, line types…

BabaCAD 2017 has LISP interpreter included, so users can load .lsp (AutoLISP) scripts to run user defined commands and functions. There are some LISP examples included for beginners to see how it’s easy to automate some drafting tasks very easy using LISP programming.

Users can develop their own functions using BabaCAD API for .bem (BabaCAD extension modules). BabaCAD API is included in installation (header and lib files can be found in API folder under the installation folder).

11 thoughts on “Free CAD Software for Windows 10

  1. I am a new user and learning as I go. I have tried several free CAD downloads and like yours the best. I am using the 64-bit version for Windows, however, it crashes every 10 mins or so causing me to lose what I haven’t saved. Any ideas on how to prevent that from happening?

    HP ProBook 455 G3
    Windows 10 Pro
    AMD A8-7410 APU with AMD Redeon R5 Graphics 2.20 GHz
    RAM 4 GB
    64- bit Op system, x64-based processor

    • BabaCAD 2017 (64-bit) have auto-complete feature. It will autosave your work every 5 minutes and it will re-open last document with extension .bak (ex. drawing1.bak) so you can save and continue your work after unexpected crash. Autosave interval can be changed with babacad system variable, just type AUTOSAVEINTERVAL in command window and type a new value (default is 5, and that means autosave every 5 minutes).

      Crash are caused by incorrect steps in using BabaCAD commands in most cases, but there is also possibility of some undiscovered program’s bugs.

      • Is the Autosave feature something I have to set up? If not then it is crashing every 5 mins because I have ended up back at the place I last saved, every time. While I am sure I have made some mistakes with it, I would be shocked that my minor mistyping or commands or clicking the wrong line would make it crash so often but maybe it does.

  2. I spent a lot of time in manual design of housing and light commercia Long before CAD. Currently I want to build an addition on a house and would like to see if I can master CAD

  3. Doug Wallace on October 31, 2018 at 23:27 said:

    I spent a lot of time in manual design of housing and light commercia Long before CAD. Currently I want to build an addition on a house and would like to see if I can master CAD

  4. Babacad is installed to work with EfranView and works ok in It. If I start Babacad from the Win 10 desktop, it seems to load ok but crashes after 5-10 seconds. Please advise. Thanks, Moe Morin

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