After this second edition of OSCW, someone mentioned again that, among all the required tooling to do a cubesat mission (and probably the same goes for rockets, cc @concretedog) the most pressing limitations are in CAD tools.
I am extremely interested about this topic and would like to learn more about specific problems. To begin with, these are the open/libre 3D mechanical design tools that I’m aware of:
- FreeCAD https://www.freecadweb.org/
- OpenSCAD https://www.openscad.org/
- LibreCAD https://librecad.org/
There are probably others. There is a very interesting (and sad) story about formats that perhaps is affecting the interoperability of these tools, nicknamed the “libredwg drama”. However, I have no idea whether this is the main problem that others face when trying to use these tools.
Can you please comment what kind of issues you have had in the past? Formats, interoperability, features (which?), usability, installation, stability (buggy behavior), lack of support from the community (or even hostile/not welcoming responses), bad documentation, integration with mechanical/thermal analysis, others…?
I would really like to understand what’s going on in this space and what can be done about it. Thanks everyone!