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DraftSight : professional CAD software for free

Can professional CAD software be free? The short answer is "yes, it can be free". The makers of CATIA & SolidWorks also create a bevy of tools which can be absolutely free, yet still provide great value like AutoCAD DWG editing compatibility.

DraftSight from Dassault Systèmes provides professional 2D CAD capabilities for free to individual users running the stand-alone version of the software. Enterprise customers can get quotations for network licenses and education professionals have special offers for DraftSight as well.

DraftSight edits AutoCAD DWG files as you can see in the screen capture here. Users can save directly in DWG format or in DXF formats. And one of the benefits of DraftSight besides the price is support for Windows, Mac, and Linux. 

For the standalone version, the DraftSight asks you to register and requires an email address to send the confirmation mail. Very simple. Users will be running DraftSight in a matter of minutes.

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