Open Collective
Open Collective

CAD Sketcher

A free & open source addon for blender which brings CAD-like workflows to the mesh environment.

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Top financial contributors

Individuals

1
Jeff Crain

$320 USD since Oct 2022

2
Joe

$315 USD since May 2022

3
Frank Prumbaum

$255 USD since Jun 2022

4
Maciej Srokowski

$240 USD since May 2022

5
keithamus

$200 USD since Jul 2022

6
Kyle

$150 USD since May 2022

7
Antoine Phelouzat

$150 USD since Jun 2022

8
Nicholas Gregg

$150 USD since Jul 2023

9
Bimdan

$114 USD since May 2022

10
Maker Tales

$110 USD since Apr 2022

11
hlorus

$110 USD since Apr 2022

12
Christoph Leipold

$110 USD since May 2022

13
Stas

$110 USD since May 2022

14
RickG

$110 USD since May 2022

15
Michael King

$110 USD since May 2022

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OpeningDesign

$34 USD since Sep 2022

CAD Sketcher is all of us

Our contributors 251

Thank you for supporting CAD Sketcher.

Maker Tales

Admin

$110 USD

hlorus

Admin

$110 USD

Jeff Crain

$320 USD

Joe

backer

$315 USD

Frank Prumbaum

backer

$255 USD

Maciej Srokowski

backer

$240 USD

keithamus

backer

$200 USD

Kyle

backer

$150 USD

Antoine Phelo...

backer

$150 USD

Nicholas Gregg

backer

$150 USD

Bimdan

backer

$114 USD

Christoph Lei...

backer

$110 USD

Estimated Monthly Budget
$414
1 Part Time Developer
$1,500
per month
Today's Balance
$6,766.06

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Transparent and open finances.

Credit from Korneo to CAD Sketcher

+$2.00USD
Completed
Contribution #541246
+$2.00USD
Completed
Contribution #665783

Credit from Guest to CAD Sketcher

+$2.00USD
Completed
Contribution #547996
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Today’s balance

$6,766.06 USD

Total raised

$7,800.06 USD

Total disbursed

$1,034.00 USD

Estimated annual budget

$4,970.04 USD

About


The Project
At the core of it, all CAD Sketcher believes in facilitating precision modeling within blender. We are not looking to replace CAD programs. We just want to bring CAD-like functionality to the world of mesh modeling.

This all begins with CAD Sketcher, which we hope will be the cornerstone for many other CAD-like functionalities and addons to come to the world of blender.

CAD Sketcher is a constraint-based sketcher addon first developed by hlorus for Blender that allows you to create precise 2d shapes by defining CAD geometric constraints like tangents, dimension, angles, equal and more. These Sketches are then converted into beziers or mesh which stay editable through a fully non-destructive workflow i.e, Geometry nodes and modifiers.

It is still very early days for CAD Sketcher and we are looking to nail down the basics first, for release 1.0.0. This includes a robust core toolset for sketching with a comfortable sketching workflow and a bug-free experience.

In the future, we are looking to take things out from the 2D space and into the 3rd dimension by adding features like sketch to sketch referencing, mesh face parametric referencing, 3-dimensional constraints and perhaps take things even a step further by exploring assemblies and if anything can be further improved with the NURBS workflow in blender.

The truth of it all
We are big advocates of FOSS (Free Open Source Software) but we would be kidding ourselves if we thought that merging the functionality of CAD with the world of mesh modeling is going to be an easy and a free challenge to take on. Thus we need your support both, coding contributors and monetarily, think of CAD Sketcher as the "Blender Development Fund" but for the CAD/precision arm of blender.

We plan to use your support to both incentivise and pay for the tricky development and running costs of CAD Sketcher. By using Open collective you will be able to see where every penny goes.

Lastly, beyond the core creation of CAD Sketcher our long-term plan is to then use the CAD Sketcher Development Fund to further help and support other CAD-like precision orientated addons for blender, this could be everything from CAM integration to laser cutting functionalities or .step file support to NERBS based developments. 

Ultimately, together as a community, we will be making these decisions to create the tools and workflows that we wish we always had.

Our team