Alternatives to SolidWorks for all platforms with any license

  • FreeCAD icon

    FreeCAD

    FreeCAD is a general purpose parametric 3D CAD modeler. The development is completely Open Source (LGPL License). FreeCAD is aimed directly at mechanical engineering and product design but also fits in a wider range of uses around...

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    Autodesk AutoCAD

    AutoCAD is a software application for both 2D and 3D computer-aided design (CAD) and drafting — available since 1982 as a desktop application and since 2010 as a mobile web- and cloud-based app, currently marketed as Autocad 360. ...

    Commercial Mac Windows Web / Cloud Android iPhone iPad

  • Autodesk Inventor icon

    Autodesk Inventor

    Autodesk® Inventor® products offer a comprehensive, flexible set of software for 3D mechanical design, product simulation, tooling creation, and design communication. Inventor takes you beyond 3D to Digital Prototyping by...

    Commercial Windows

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    Onshape

    Onshape is the first full-cloud 3D CAD system. It runs in a web browser and on any mobile device.

    Freemium Web / Cloud

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    nanoCAD

    nanoCAD is a pro-grade 2D CAD system with native DWG support and full customizability. It is totally free, for business, professional, or personal purposes. It is fast, lightweight, capable, and , unlike most free CAD programs...

    Freemium Windows

  • Autodesk Fusion 360 icon

    Autodesk Fusion 360

    Autodesk Fusion 360 Is an Integrated Form, Function and Fabrication Experience Quickly and easily explore product ideas in Fusion 360. Start by using simple free-form modeling tools to get just the right shape, or take a shortcut...

    Commercial Mac Windows

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  • PTC Creo icon

    PTC Creo

    Creo Elements/Pro – formerly Pro/ENGINEER – is the standard in 3D product design, featuring state-of-the-art productivity tools that promote best practices in design while ensuring compliance with your industry and company standards....

    Commercial Windows

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  • Solid Edge icon

    Solid Edge

    Solid Edge is an industry-leading mechanical design system with exceptional tools for creating and managing 3D digital prototypes. With superior core modeling and process workflows, a unique focus on the needs of specific industries...

    Commercial Windows iPad

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  • Bricscad icon

    Bricscad

    A powerful CAD platform, with features familiar to you from native .dwg applications. BricsCAD unifies advanced 2D design with the intelligence of 3D direct modeling. For Windows, Linux, and Mac.

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

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    NaroCAD

    The goal of this project is to develop a fully fledged and extensible 3D CAD software based on the concept of parametric modeling of solids, comparable to well known solutions.

    Open Source Windows

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  • pCon.planner icon

    pCon.planner

    The professional furnishing 2D-/3D-tool for everybody: The pCon.planner is a cost-free application allowing you to comfortably and professionally create complex furnishing concepts and to visualize them in a photo-realistic quality....

    Free Windows

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  • Designspark Mechanical icon

    Designspark Mechanical

    DesignSpark Mechanical is a 3D modeling software reported to be easy to use so that all engineers will be able to create and share models. Designs can be linked directly to RS/Allied off-the-shelf components for automatic bill of...

    Commercial Windows

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  • CoffeeSCAD icon

    CoffeeSCAD

    Browser based 3D solid CAD editor, Openscad style, with a Coffeescript based syntax, using only Coffeescript + Javascript

    Open Source Linux Web / Cloud

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  • SolveSpace icon

    SolveSpace

    SOLVESPACE is a parametric 3D CAD program with extrude, revolve, union and difference functions. Save/Export as DXF, PDF, SVG, STL, STEP. Mesh generation expected by most 3d printers. Constraint solver point tracing for motion...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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  • TurboCAD icon

    TurboCAD

    TurboCAD is a CAD software suite, with several different feature levels. It is a competitor to the likes of Autodesk's AutoCAD program, and is used by engineers, architects and hobbyists.

    Commercial Mac Windows

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    iClone

    Real-time animation evolves with 3D Video FX, motion paths, HDR and rapid drag & drop creation inside iClone. iClone combines video production with 3D real-time animation. The result is a powerful production tool for motion...

    Freemium Windows

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    Salome

    SALOME can be used as standalone application for generation of CAD models, their preparation for numerical calculations and post-processing of the calculation results. SALOME can also be used as a platform for integration of the...

    Open Source Windows Linux

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    KOMPAS-3D

    KOMPAS-3D is for creating three-dimensional associative models for individual parts and assembly's containing both original and standardized elements. The parametric technology allows quickly obtaining models for typical products...

    Commercial Windows

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    progeCAD Smart

    progeCAD Smart 2009 is a limited version of progeCAD . It is free for private, non-commercial use only. You need to register the software to continue using it after 30 days. Of course registration is totally free. This software...

    Free Personal Windows

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  • Vectorworks icon

    Vectorworks

    Vectorworks is a computer-aided design (CAD) software program developed by Nemetschek North America that is used for drafting, technical drawing and 3D modeling. Vectorworks offers 2D, 3D, production management, and presentation...

    Commercial Mac Windows

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  • SpaceClaim Engineer icon

    SpaceClaim Engineer

    SpaceClaim Engineer is the world’s fastest and most innovative 3D direct modeler. SpaceClaim Engineer brings 3D solid modeling to the desktops of engineers and analysts who work in 3D, with a simplicity and low TCO (Total Cost of...

    Commercial Windows

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  • Autodesk 123D Design icon

    Autodesk 123D Design

    123D Design is a free, powerful, yet simple 3D creation and editing tool which supports many new 3D printers.

    Free Mac Windows iPad

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  • ZWCAD icon

    ZWCAD

    ZWCAD software, as a highly reliable and powerful CAD tool, meets the needs of 2D/3D design & drafting industry, including architecture, engineering, construction (AEC), mechanics, electronics...and anyone who creates CAD drawings.

    Commercial Windows

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  • IronCAD icon

    IronCAD

    IronCAD is the productivity leader when it comes to moving creative ideas into full 3D reality by utilising a breakthrough Creative Design approach that delivers a level of design freedom unmatched in the industry today where users...

    Commercial Windows

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  • AutoQ3D CAD icon

    AutoQ3D CAD

    AutoQ3D CAD is a full 2D and 3D CAD application that allows you to create, edit and share your drawings and designs. It is intended for everybody as professionals, sketchers, architects, engineers, designers, students and more. ...

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone Android Tablet ... iPad

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  • Alibre icon

    Alibre

    The worlds most affordable 3D CAD, CAM, FEA, Rendering, and Document Management software. Professional alternative to SolidWorks, Inventor, Pro/ENGINEER, and AutoCAD.

    Commercial Windows

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  • Graphite icon

    Graphite

    Graphite is an easy to use precision 2D/3D CAD software for product design and development. Formerly known as Vellum, Graphite offers extremely powerful, precision wire-frame drafting with the elegant ease-of-use that makes it...

    Commercial Mac Windows

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  • TouchCAD icon

    TouchCAD

    TouchCAD is a combined 3D modeling and unfolding program focusing on the ability to generate complex 3D shapes, and converting them into models possible to build physically. TouchCAD can be used for a wide range of tasks such as...

    Commercial Mac Windows

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  • Medusa4 icon

    Medusa4

    MEDUSA4: The comprehensive 2D/3D design automation suite for mechanical, plant, construction and automotive engineering The Fourth Generation of the globally renowned MEDUSA mechanical design software suite offers advanced design...

    Free Personal Windows Linux

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  • T-FLEX CAD icon

    T-FLEX CAD

    T-FLEX is a Parasolid-based parametric full-function CAD software application for 3D solid modeling and 2D design and drafting, developed and sold by Russia-based software company Top Systems. T-FLEX CAD is written for Microsoft...

    Freemium Windows

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  • AllyCAD icon

    AllyCAD

    Industrial strength, user-friendly 2D/3D CAD package. Specialised Toolkits to enhance your productivity. Control Centre allows easy access to symbols, hatching, text, dimension and line styles. Enhanced bitmap capability can load...

    Commercial Windows

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  • Cobalt icon

    Cobalt

    Cobalt is a parametric 3D modeling software for product design and development that's easy to use. It offers wireframe, solid and surface modeling with precision drawings, renderings and animation. Cobalt’s flexible 3D modeling...

    Commercial Mac Windows

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  • Draft it

    Draft It V4 is a powerful, easy to use 2D CAD Software package that is completely free to use. No restrictions means you're free to create, save and print your work with our unlimited free version. During the initial 15 days...

    Freemium Windows

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    Xenon™

    Formerly Vellum Solids, Xenon™ is an associative 3D modeling software for product design and development that's easy to use. It offers history-based wireframe, solid and surface modeling with precision drawings, renderings and...

    Commercial Mac Windows

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    Argon™

    Argon™ is a CAD and 3D precision modeling software for Mac and Windows. It offers wireframe, solid and surface history-free modeling with precision drawings, photo-realistic renderings and animation. Argon offers entry-level 3D...

    Commercial Mac Windows

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SolidWorks Comments

SharkFX and VIACAD

Comment by Tem
about SolidWorks Jan 2015

SharkFX and VIACAD are commercial alternatives to SolidWorks. They are great for creating parametric solids and surface files quickly. If you are familiar with 2D drawing and drafting software, then this is a relatively comfortable next step into 3D part creation. It is available on Mac OS X and Windows.

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