DesignFreeQ is used in CAD/CAM to produce high precision drawings. Due to DesignFreeQ’s unique Inference Engine, drafting is made as easy as sketching with a pencil on a piece of paper. The user interface is minimalistic but incredibly powerful and intuitive. Even novice users can quickly create precise drawings with little effort. It’s basically a 2D drafting package used to create wireframe drawings but it allows for modeling in 3D as well.
DesignFreeQ documents consist of a number of sheets. Each sheet has at least a single view. Views contain models, which represent your 3D geometry. These models can be shared across different views, allowing you to create sheets with multiple views, each looking at your models from a different perspective.
The tool palette on the left side of the document contains all tools you normally work with. The most prominent tool of a category is placed at the top palette slot. Holding down the mouse on a palette icon pops up a submenu with related tools. There is a second tool palette for dimensioning available from the dimension menu.
DesignFreeQ Inference Engine
The most outstanding feature of DesignFreeQ is its inference engine which lets the cursor snap to those points on the geometry you are really interested in. This works in 2D and also 3D. No explanation for that is needed, just try it out, it works like you would expect.
Feedback boxes at the bottom of the document allow you to enter exact values for geometry you are about to create. For example, after creating a line at exactly the spot you want it, you can set the length of the line in a feedback box. Feedback boxes are used to set the initial values of an entity, while the Edit Objects dialog is for editing them later on.
The dimension palette bundles all tools related to dimensioning your design. Dimensions go hand in hand with parametrics. Simply specify variables for the dimension value and provide numeric values for them once you resolve the design. Each design saved as a .vlm file may become a parametric symbol if you, instead of opening it via the “Open…” menu, load it as a symbol via the “Symbol…” menu.