I’ve played around with it a bit during my seemingly endless cad/cam software trials phase.
While it seems like a pretty powerful tool, I just couldn’t get used to the interface and process.
You basically build parts and processes by creating a bunch of connected “elements” in the tree view, and then modify their attributes from there.
I probably didn’t give it enough time, and might revisit it at another time, but it was just too awkward to use to me.
Plus I wasn’t crazy about the toolpaths it was giving me. (although highly probable that was user error)
For 2/2.5D cad/cam I’ve settled on carbide create, and occasionally D2NC.
For 3D cam, it’s DeskProto. Their hobby-user licensing is comparable to meshcam, and I like the additional flexibility/functionality it offers. (don’t bother trialing the free version, it’s way too limited. trial the full-blown multi-axis version)
For 3D cad, well, that’s still up in the air. I like tinkercad and MS 3D builder (neither for serious 3D cad, but fine for a garage hacker like me ) , but haven’t done enough 3D work to settle on anything yet.
If you’re going to try FreeCAD, check out a couple youtube videos first. I definitely helps with getting started.
Some tools you can fire-up and just start clicking around and figure out the basics. FreeCAD isn’t one of them.