I'm a writer and teacher based in Wales (UK). I use Linux and free software all the time and am trying to get more of it in schools, but in the UK the Design & Technology department has a major influence on IT policy, and they use a lot of CAD and CAM software. Bearing in mind that schools have very little money to spend, is anyone aware of a free, open source 3D CAD built on opencascade that might be suitable for school use?
I use VariCAD myself and find it just about right, it's simple but good enough for school work. It's not free though and a licence for a class to use is expensive. Many schools here use ProDESKTOP which they got free under a deal between PTC and our government, but that's Windows only and discontinued now.
Plan B, is anyone interested in starting such a project? I'm not a developer, but I'm prepared to help with publicity, finding schools to trial it, and pushing the Welsh government towards using it.