QCAD for technical drawing (Workshop and books)

QCAD for technical drawing (Workshop and books)

If you had to choose software to begin working in architectural design, which would be your first choice? Many might think that a BIM solution such as BlenderBIM or FreeCAD would be the ideal choice. In many cases, they offer numerous advantages. However, despite these advanced and modern workflows, a simple 2D CAD solution can still address most of our project needs.

Using a 2D CAD solution has numerous benefits and a more manageable learning curve, especially if you’re already familiar with 2D CAD. Is there a reliable open-source CAD solution for architecture? Indeed, several open-source CAD projects stand out as excellent choices for architectural designs.

Would you like to learn a 2D CAD solution for architecture? With that in mind, we developed in Blender 3D Architect collection of resources to learn QCAD. This tool is perfect for architectural technical drawing. Currently, there are two versions available:

  • QCAD Community Edition (open-source | GPLv3)
  • QCAD Professional

We’ve created resources to assist in learning and using the Community Edition in architecture. If you wish to incorporate an open-source CAD into your workflow, here’s where you can begin:

  • QCAD for Architecture (Workshop): A video-based workshop where you craft a 2D floor plan using QCAD based on a reference drawing. This workshop encompasses the entire design process, from conception to exporting a print-ready PDF. It includes both Metric and Imperial units.
  • QCAD for Technical Drawing (Book): A comprehensive guide on utilizing QCAD to produce technical drawings with an architectural design example. This book mirrors the workshop’s structure but unfolds at a more measured pace. If you’re interested in the book, it’s available in both eBook and Paperback formats in four variants:
    • QCAD for Technical Drawing (Imperial units): PaperbackeBook
    • QCAD for Technical Drawing (Metric Units): PaperbackeBook
    • QCAD para dibujo técnico [Spanish] (Metric Units): PaperbackeBook
    • QCAD para desenho técnico [Portuguese] (Metric Units): eBook

The workshop link comes with a 20% discount. If you haven’t integrated any 2D CAD software into your workflow, this is an excellent opportunity to learn and start utilizing it for your projects.

3 Responses

  1. What about LibreCAD?
    Seems to be 100% tailored for 2D CAD drawings.

    • Allan Brito says:

      Hi Victor,

      LibreCAD is another great option for working with 2D CAD. I used it in the past and moved to QCAD because I thought the project had been abandoned. There was a period, between 2018 and 2022 if I’m not mistaken, during which it didn’t receive any/few updates or changes.

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