I've noticed there's a lot of interest in 3D modeling and CAD on the forum. Here's a few freeware programs that may be of interest. Whether its F1 cars, parts or the perfect virtual companion. SketchUp is popular. Here are a few more.
AutoDesk 123D Family of programs are all integrateded with each other for easy file sharing between applications, the Autodesk programs files can be stored on your computer or ... in the cloud ,,, and may interest F1 car modelers and fabricators. There's also a 3D photo application and 2 freewares from 2 other companies.
If you ever get to see an F1 car or lets say, an F1 gearbox, wing or nose - any part - take a minimum of six photos and 123DCatch assembles them into a 3D image. I've lusted after a commercial product that does the same thing, but costs $299USD. Take 6 pictures of anything and product a photo-realistic 3D model, maybe even your wife or girlfriend.http://www.123dapp.com/catch#atAGlance
A sort of modeling, CADing , sculpting program that not only produces any design that can be imagined, it also does templates and STL files for laser cutting and 3D printing.http://www.123dapp.com/123d
Similar to Mudbox and ZBrush - a modeling and sculpting program that also renders. Unfortunately it's only for ipad.http://www.123dapp.com/sculpt
Let me recommend an alternative freeware from ZBrush that is really as good, maybe better, maybe much the same, for Windows and Mac.
Generates 2D and 3D templates and files. Print patterns/templates for any material to cut-out in your home-shop or have done commercially. 3D files can be sent out for 3D printing... what possibilities.http://www.123dapp.com/make
Self descriptive ... an intermediate CAD program.http://nanocad.com/page/WhyNanoCAD
Love them or loathe them - Freeware .... maybe try any of these and post your impressions and comments and share your favourite freeware that might interest the F1Technical Forum. There's future designers among us, I'm sure of it. One program we definitely need - a CAD file converter thats freeware.