Alternatives to SolidWorks for all platforms with any license

  • FreeCAD icon

    FreeCAD

    FreeCAD is a general purpose Open Source 3D CAD/MCAD/CAx/CAE/PLM modeler, aimed directly at mechanical engineering and product design...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • Autodesk AutoCAD icon

    Autodesk AutoCAD

    AutoCAD is a software application for both 2D and 3D computer-aided design (CAD) and drafting — available since 1982 as a desktop...

    Commercial Mac Windows Web / Cloud Android iPhone iPad

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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...

    Freemium Windows

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    Solid Edge

    Solid Edge is an industry-leading mechanical design system with exceptional tools for creating and managing 3D digital prototypes....

    Commercial Windows iPad

  • 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...

    Commercial Mac Windows

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    Bricscad

    A powerful CAD platform, with features familiar to you from native .dwg applications. BricsCAD unifies advanced 2D design with the...

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

  • Onshape icon

    Onshape

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

    Freemium Web / Cloud

  • 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...

    Commercial Windows

  • 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...

    Commercial Windows

  • 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...

    Free Windows

  • Autodesk Inventor icon

    Autodesk Inventor

    Autodesk® Inventor® products offer a comprehensive, flexible set of software for 3D mechanical design, product simulation...

    Commercial Windows

  • 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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    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...

    Open Source Windows

  • iClone icon

    iClone

    Real-time animation evolves with 3D Video FX, motion paths, HDR and rapid drag & drop creation inside iClone. iClone combines...

    Freemium Windows

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    TurboCAD

    TurboCAD is a CAD software suite, with several different feature levels. It is a competitor to the likes of Autodesk's AutoCAD...

    Commercial Mac Windows

  • Vectorworks icon

    Vectorworks

    Vectorworks is a computer-aided design (CAD) software program developed by Nemetschek North America that is used for drafting...

    Commercial Mac Windows

  • Salome icon

    Salome

    SALOME can be used as standalone application for generation of CAD models, their preparation for numerical calculations and...

    Open Source Windows Linux

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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...

    Free Personal Windows

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    SolveSpace

    SOLVESPACE is a parametric 3D CAD program with extrude, revolve, union and difference functions. Save/Export as DXF, PDF, SVG, STL...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • 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...

    Commercial Windows

  • 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...

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

  • Alibre icon

    Alibre

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

    Commercial Windows

  • KOMPAS-3D icon

    KOMPAS-3D

    KOMPAS-3D is for creating three-dimensional associative models for individual parts and assembly's containing both original and...

    Commercial Windows

  • ZWCAD icon

    ZWCAD

    ZWCAD software, as a highly reliable and powerful CAD tool, meets the needs of 2D/3D design & drafting industry, including...

    Commercial Windows

  • 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...

    Commercial Mac Windows

  • TouchCAD icon

    TouchCAD

    TouchCAD is a combined 3D modeling and unfolding program focusing on the ability to generate complex 3D shapes, and converting them...

    Commercial Mac Windows

  • Medusa4 icon

    Medusa4

    MEDUSA4: The comprehensive 2D/3D design automation suite for mechanical, plant, construction and automotive engineering The Fourth...

    Free Personal Windows Linux

  • IronCAD icon

    IronCAD

    IronCAD is the productivity leader when it comes to moving creative ideas into full 3D reality by utilising a breakthrough Creative...

    Commercial Windows

  • 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...

    Freemium Windows

  • 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...

    Commercial Mac Windows

  • AllyCAD icon

    AllyCAD

    Industrial strength, user-friendly 2D/3D CAD package. Specialised Toolkits to enhance your productivity. Control Centre allows easy...

    Commercial Windows

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    Archimedes Discontinued

    Archimedes is a free and open source CAD (Computer Aided Design) software. It is a robust system built over Eclipse’s Rich Client Java...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • Draft it icon

    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...

    Free Windows

  • Xenon™ icon

    Xenon™

    Formerly Vellum Solids, Xenon™ is an associative 3D modeling software for product design and development that's easy to use. It...

    Commercial Mac Windows

  • Argon™ icon

    Argon™

    Argon™ is a CAD and 3D precision modeling software for Mac and Windows. It offers wireframe, solid and surface history-free modeling...

    Commercial Mac Windows

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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