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ToolTalk: An Introduction to AutoQ3D for Mac—Fast and Easy CAD

As part of our TalkTalk series, in this post we walk the reader through a CAD tool on the Mac that is relatively new and worthy of attention—AutoQ3D for Mac.


AutoQ3D’s tag line is “light and fast cad.” Developed by AutoQ3D Team, the new CAD application is built not just for modern macOS programming environment but also for Apple’s iOS platform, Google’s Android platform, and Microsoft Windows.

The CAD tool has sibling applications as well, in the form of a mathematics application named Mac-c and a 3d sketch and animation application called marlin3d. Of these, the mathematics application is of particular note as its a light and fast math script app with an interactive environment for calculations, programming, plotting, and image processing.

Let’s look at the new CAD app.

AutoQ3D for Mac—Details

AutoQ3D is—as the name implies—a full 3D application, not just 2D. Built as a 64-bit application on the Mac the app uses the latest OpenGL API for graphics and has iCloud, Google Drive and Dropbox support for syncing data.

01 – AutoQ3D for Mac is a modern and simple to use macOS native CAD application that works in 2D and 3D.

One can view their models from orthogonal and isometric preset viewpoints. Those include, top, front, right, left, bottom, back, and isometric. It appears you can see four viewports in one window, with tools located strictly at the top of the UI across a single row and a wider palette on the right, no doubt for additional properties.

Modifications tools enable the creation and editing of complex 3D forms using basic operations working with lines, spheres, boxes and more. There is a “snapping tools” technology in this application, both edit tools like move, scale, stretch, rotate, array and mirror. There are also grouping tools for larger projects and models. And misc. tools enable features like distance, area, distance text, angle text and other items.

Render, Interop, Documentation and Pricing Notes

Using OpenGL AutoQ3D for Mac enables wireframe, smooth and hidden line mode for how the 3D models are viewed (rendered).

02 – Another view of the clean interface which has a sparseness and vast canvas area in which to work.

Users can save their files to STL, OBJ, and DXF. And they can print their drawings, and within macOS to PDF as well. Each command line in the app has visible parameters, there is a documentation section on the website, video tutorial library and online forums and email tech support.

To learn more visit them on the web here:

The new CAD app sells for $29.USD and is available for Mac on the App Store. 


Reader Comments

  1. Posted by:
    Jess Epps
    October 19, 2017 03:37 pm EDT

    All 13 ratings on the Mac App Store are NEGATIVE.

  2. Thanks Jess for writing in. We are merely introducing a tool here not appraising its value but if the point is readers will value much more being introduced to new tools with more solid ratings in the App Store, it is a point well taken and it makes sense.

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