Open Engineering Software
When trying to integrate more free and open source solutions into your engineering workflow, software is one of the first places to look. Below is a collection of software that can potentially replace other non-free, non-open source solutions in engineering.
There was a nice talk from Fernando Oleo Blanco at FOSDEM 2021 providing an overview of available solutions, with a focus on mechanical design.
There are a lot of open source CAD software available, almost too many to compile into a single list. Though folks have tried, check out the Shapeoko wiki here and here. There is also a Reddit thread documenting a plethora of options in the CAM/CNC world. We’ve documented a few of them below. Some are pretty well known and some are a little more obscure.
OpenSCAD (source) – A scripted modeling software with a bit of a high learning curve. It uses a programming language to generate simple geometries which can then be combined and transformed into more complex objects.
Computational Fluid Dynamics
Scientific and Mathematics Calculations
This thread on Reddit provides a long listing of open source electronic design resources.