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We have tracked the following product recommendations or mentions on Reddit and HackerNews. They can help you see what people think about BRL-CAD and what they use it for.
  • Best way/book to learn C, for a rookie like me
    Join an open source community that is welcoming to newcomers (e.g., BRL-CAD, Haiku OS, OSGeo, ..) and work on a little bit of code every day. It can be a simple feature, specific bug, or something new you want to achieve. Many open source groups are very welcoming to newcomers if you do the work and ask smart questions. - Source: Reddit / 9 days ago
  • Windows / MacOS - Home/garden design
    You could also try out free AutoCAD alternatives like libreCAD (2D), or brlCAD (2D&3D, I believe). - Source: Reddit / 18 days ago
  • Free 3D design software??? Hey friends! I am building a couple of custom sized cabinets with shaker style doors. Are there any free design design software applications that can render in 3D that isn’t too difficult to use? Any info will be so appreciated! Thanks!!
    So, uh ... Learning curve. If you want anything and everything under the sun, go with BRL-CAD. It was designed for ballistics testing and simulation, but it can do pretty much anything. The learning curve for BRL-CAD is immense. Otherwise, I recommend OpenSCAD. - Source: Reddit / about 1 month ago
  • Sun Ultra 10 battle station!
    BRL-CAD probably still works on Solaris, and I'm sure someone's "archived" AutoCAD R13 or a similarly-aged version of CATIA somewhere. - Source: Reddit / 2 months ago
  • On CAD: FreeCAD, OnShape, SolveSpace and CADQuery
    There's also the BRL-CAD kernel [1], no idea if that would work any better. 1: - Source: Hacker News / 4 months ago
  • AutoCAD is f-ing terrible. Let's talk about it
    I noted the same thing 15 years ago and asked around about it. A prof at the college I worked at said tools like this (PCB design tools are similarly awful) don't have a big market, so there is not a lot of competition or funds for development. Maybe that is less true today with more people designing their own PCB boards and 3D printed objects. There is also lock-in, if all your CAD is in AutoCAD are you going... - Source: Hacker News / 6 months ago
  • Genuinely looking for an internship
    Large codes NOT in the popular mainstream are the way to go. For C/C++, BRL-CAD (, Haiku (, and Gimp ( have excellent entries for new contributors.. - Source: Reddit / 6 months ago
  • After Germany, China Now Wants To Ditch Windows & Run Linux On 50 Million PCs!
    Sort of, but not entirely. The US military and DOD loves and trusts Linux with key infrastructure. Also they run many desktop/server systems all based on Linux for better reliability and security reason. Yes the US Gov't uses Windows for most desktops; but when push comes to shove they only use Linux for the important things like submarines, nuclear ships, weapon control systems, and even for a large part of R&D.... - Source: Reddit / 11 months ago
  • Ask HN: What is the most interesting FOSS that most people don't know about?
    BRL Cad, but it is public domain not FOSS. - Source: Hacker News / over 1 year ago
  • Getting Selected and Community bonding period in GSoC
    I'm glad to share that I've been selected for GSoC 2021 under the organization BRL-CAD for the project OGV. The moment I read the mail about my selection was endless. I was working for this event since I started my graduation in 2019. - Source: / almost 2 years ago
  • Best AuroCAD alternative : CMS Intellicad vs Graebert Ares Commander?
    The best clone I have used is draftsight. I don't do 3D though. There are better softwares for 3D work, depending on what you are doing in 3D. - Source: Reddit / almost 2 years ago

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