matt1234 21:11 11 Jan 04


i build rockets as a hobby and once built one that has gone upto 1000ft now i want to go higher so i want to draw up my desinghs on my computer and print them off!

im looking for freeware software that i can download be able to desighn little bits on it (as it has to be incredibly accurate) as well as the whole rocket


  skeletal 22:48 11 Jan 04

"Proper" CAD stuff is, as far as I know, expensive, specialist software. I would be amazed that any would be available free (but if any one knows, I will also be very interested!). As an example, I have used CAD for electronic design software that was, if I remember correctly, £50,000 plus £12,000 per year "backup" fees.

However, you may find some that you could try for 30 days. AutoCAD is a much cheaper system (only (!) about £700 I think, but I don't know if they offer a free trial.

As an alternative, you could try using ordinary drawing packages like stuff from Serif. This could be down to £10's of pounds (and early Serif stuff is sometimes found free on computer mags' discs).


  Pesala 23:09 11 Jan 04

You could try the freebie Serif Draw Plus 4.0 from click here but I somehow doubt it will have the power that you need. Corel Draw Essentials is only £50, which is pretty powerful. That might be cheaper than any true CAD package.

  spud 23:12 11 Jan 04

I have autocad 14 on cd rom,i could let you have a copy of this if it's any use.

  Simsy 06:02 12 Jan 04

Has been given away on coverdiscs. The current version is 9 and costs about £90. The most recent version I've seen free is version 7. You have to register to install it.

I am finding it tough going to get to terms with it, and that's with books I've bought.

Good luck,



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