FreeCAD is a free and opensource 3D modeler and a quite strong competitor/alternative to many of currently commercial softwares for 3D modeling such as AutoCAD, Sketchup and Solidworks. It supports file formats such as STEP, IGES, STL, SVG, DXF, OBJ, IFC, DAE and works on Linux, MAC OS X and Microsoft windows.
It’s been 2 years since the earlier release of FreeCAD 0.16 and the development team has announced the new stable release FreeCAD 0.17 with several new features, tons of improvements and many modules were developed by the community.
PartDesign Workbench has received a new Body container which holds a chain of features and lifts the requirement of mapping sketches to planar faces. A new tools to create datum geometry such as points, axes and planes make PartDesign a lot more versatile.
The new addon manager which allows you to installing and updating modules and macros.
The new TechDraw workbench aims to replace the Drawing workbench, and already provides more features than the old Drawing workbench. Several workbench has been heavily developed such as Arch Workbench, Draft Workbench, FEM Workbench, Part Workbench, PartDesign workbench, Path Workbench, Sketcher Workbench, Spreadsheet Workbench, Surface Workbench, TechDraw Workbench and more features check the full list of changes in FreeCAD 0.17 changelog.
Download page includes installation instructions for the stable and development branch of FreeCAD on several Linux distributions such as Ubuntu PPA, Fedora, Debian, OpenSUSE, ArchLinux and more.
FreeCAD 0.17 release notes.