Dec 222015

Mike Stevens, a member of the Norfolk Central Panel, would like to inform  fellow panel members about a current offer on TurboCAD Deluxe 2D/3D.  He believes it really is a phenomenal piece of software and astonishing value at just £9.99.

Version 20 is 32-bit and 64-bit compatible – Mike reports it works well on Windows 10. The installation disk has excellent instructional videos as well and there are lots of resources and videos available on the web.  Note that V20 is not the latest version, that is either V21 or V2015 and much more expensive.  V20 was a fairly major update and people seem to like it (TurboCad has somewhat idiosyncratic version numbering).  V20 appears to export the STL file type used by many 3D printers.

It is available from Maplin at that price ( – but for store collection only.  Quite a few Maplin stores appear not to have stock (as of 22 Dec 2015) so best check before travelling.

Despite it’s name TurboCad Deluxe is actually the basic version but would seem to do everything most users would want (there are two much more expensive versions – for comparison see

Older versions of TurboCad  Deluxe are quite often heavily discounted so if you want a version but have missed this look around Amazon and the like, you will usually find a copy at not too high a price.  There is a trial version available at :-

Currently the following suppliers have it at around £10 –

The following free programs may also be useful :-

Onshape – free CAD (mechanical and electrical) from RS Components (RadioSpares as was).

Autodesk 123D and Autodesk123d Catch ( a free and simple to use package for creating 3-D meshes from user supplied digital imagery)

It would be useful if anyone who has used any of these programs could comment on them below.



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