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  1.  
    Hi

    Does anyone know of any free or cheap software for having a play about to knock up a few sketches? Small bungalows, kitchens, timber frame software etc? Something that a novice could use perhaps?

    Thanks
    • CommentAuthorMikC
    • CommentTimeSep 7th 2017
     
    Sketchup?

    https://www.sketchup.com.

    Very easy to learn, massive free online database.
    • CommentAuthorMike1
    • CommentTimeSep 8th 2017
     
    Sketchup is certainly good, free and worth trying.

    For heavier duty work I've used TurboCAD since about version 3 for DOS. Their lower end version - TurboCAD LTE (£129, similar to AutoCAD LT) - is available on a free trial. It can also import Sketchup files (and various other formats).

    I've also seen positive comments about DraftSight, also similar to AutoCAD LT, which is apparently fremium software - free to try but I think you have to upgrade to the $99 version to print.

    But any CAD software beyond Sketchup does require a significant amount of learning.
  2.  
    I'd also put a word in for Visio. I find it really easy to use, and oyu can get nice scale drawings out of it.
  3.  
    Oh - its about £80. I would recommend paying for something. In the grand scheme of things its not a big cost.
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      CommentAuthorfostertom
    • CommentTimeSep 8th 2017
     
    https://nanocad.com has a well-featured free version, is full 3D Autocad (not just LT) to all intents and purposes.
    • CommentAuthorBowman
    • CommentTimeSep 9th 2017
     
    Draftsight
  4.  
    Had a quick look at some sketchup tutorials, looks pretty decent. Wouldn't be surprised if my 8yr old boy would get into this as he loves playing on Minecraft..

    I'll download this, thanks
    • CommentAuthorMackers
    • CommentTimeSep 10th 2017
     
    Another vote for SketchUp!
  5.  
    Yes, SketchUp is great.
    • CommentAuthorgravelld
    • CommentTime6 days ago
     
    One of the good things about SU is its community, both in terms of the helpful members of their forum and also the plugins, videos etc many people have contributed.
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