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Simple CAD software advice

Hi guys,

 

I don't suppose anyone here as advice on a simpler and free alternative to the likes of AutoCAD?

 

I own a couple of restaurants and am looking to refurbish one of them and as such, am keen to better utilize the existing space.

 

Having employed architects to design when we originally fitted out the unit, I do have the original DWG files which I tried tinkering with using a free version of AutoCAD but it was completely beyond me.

 

All I require is the ability to create a canvas / floor space suing know dimensions, add in partitions and place equipment / tables on a 2D plan view only (no need to 3D model)

 

On the flip side, I did try and use an online app called RoomSketcher but that went the other way and was a little too basic and really only suitable for domestic projects.

 

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

 

Thanks

 

Chris 

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Fusion 360 is more or less the go-to free CAD editor. It does still have a learning curve though and it is more of an AutoCAD replacement, so it might be a little too complex for what you're trying to do. There should still be some tutorials for how to use it if you want to figure it out. 

 

Sketchup should be free as well, and it's a bit more noob friendly while still having a decent amount of features. 

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SketchUp free is online only, and lacks many key features.

 

TinkerCAD is even simpler, but more aimed towards 3D printing.

 

https://www.sweethome3d.com/

This came up in another thread about year ago. Its more for floor planning than CAD sketching, but does operate in similar manner. That is to say if you have any experience from 3D modelling or CAD, you can pick it up within minutes. I would say for your needs, it's best choice. However, I'm not sure if it supports DWG import.

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if you need basic sketchup would be my choice and there is a large online library and lots of support. I dont have alot of experience with it, I havent used it for many years. I use autocad everyday at work so i've never needed anything else.

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