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 on a piece of paper. The user interface is minimalistic but incredibly powerful and intuitive. Even novice users can quickly create precise drawings in both 2D and 3D with little effort. It is the premier tool for a smarter way to create wireframe drawings.
DesignFreeQ documents consist of a number of sheets. Each sheet can have a number of views. Views contain models, which represent your 3D geometry, whereby geometry elements may be placed on different layers. Models are 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. A second tool palette for dimensioning is 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. Dynamic construction lines appear as needed to help you find, for example, intersection points or tangent conditions to a circle. 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 values and provide numeric values for them later, once you resolve the design. Each design saved as a .vlm file may become a parametric symbol if you, instead of opening it through the “Open…” menu, load it as a symbol via the “Symbol…” menu.