Solid Edge 2D and Draftsight are great for 2D work, but is there anything free for personal use that can handle 3D somewhat effectively? (Windows 7)
A few that firts come to my mind would be:
Google Sketchup http://sketchup.google.com/intl/en/download/index.html
123D by Autodesk: (Although I haven't used it before I've heard good things) http://www.123dapp.com/123D
Last but not least blender: http://www.blender.org/download/get-blender/
That's a bummer.. Have fun modeling sir!
I will, thanks!
For anyone else who reads this, 123D's free time expires Feb28. Told me that one click away from downloading.
I'm going to try sketchup. Might be able to do some illustration with it.. trying creo for mechanical stuff.
try Creo Elements/Direct Modeling Express (formally CoCreate) it's free :)
I use Alibre Professional right now. My older version 2008 of SolidWorks couldn't read newer design files, so I switched the Alibre. They have a $99 personal design version that you might like. It has a 30 day free trial.
What file formats does it use?