Free Autodesk AutoCAD Alternatives

Popular free Alternatives to Autodesk AutoCAD for Windows, Linux, Mac, Web, iPad and more. Explore 25+ apps like Autodesk AutoCAD, all suggested and ranked by the AlternativeTo user community.

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The list of alternatives was last updated: 7/12/2018 4:09:00 PM

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  • 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 engineering, such as architecture or other engineering specialties. FreeCAD features tools similar to Catia, SolidWorks or Solid Edge, and therefore also falls into the category of MCAD, PLM, CAx and CAE.

    • Freecad is (as mentioned in the description) for 3D parametric CAD, and has no drafting functionality worth speaking of. Not a bad program, but certainly not an AutoCAD replacement. It has much more similarity to SolidWorks than AutoCAD Guest • Jan 2017 • 17 agrees and 6 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • I use Freecad to design my 3D printing models. Guest • Oct 2015 • 8 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Very good app, has many workbenches for different branches of engineering. It has a very helpful community forum. I really recommend trying it before looking for any other alternative. Guest • Jun 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • Not bad for a free Software, but Workflow seems very antiquated and unneccessarily complicated. It lacks logic on available tools in different workbenches. There are much ways to get to your goal but every way takes really a lot of clicks and more of trial and error. Guest • Aug 2017 • 2 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • AutoCAD is a 2D drawing program, mostly used for architecture and structures. FreeCAD is 3D and aimed at mechanical engineers. They do different things. Guest • Feb 2018 Disagree   Agree
    • Because is an user friendly software and is free to use.Autodesk Autocad is very expensive eduardoortiz1Mar 2018 • 0 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Not directly supporting DWG: needs a commercial/trial license of a file converter Guest • Apr 2017 • 2 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • FreeCAD is not a bad program, but it seems to lack functionality that AutoCAD provides. Currently FreeCAD seems to be in an early stage of development, and should probably not be considered for use in a professional production context, as a replacement for AutoCAD. Guest • Mar 2017 • 0 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • FreeCAD is a software for 3d parametric model, AutoCAD is not that. Guest • Sep 2015 • 0 agrees and 6 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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  • DraftSight

    DraftSight is a professional-grade, open 2D CAD product for users who want a better way to read, write and share DWG files. DraftSight is easy to use and is available for professional CAD users, students and educators to download and activate for free.* Based on advanced architecture, DraftSight has a small footprint, should take less than a few minutes to download, and runs on multiple operating systems, including Windows XP®, Windows Vista® and Windows® 7.

    • Because i'ts equal in 2D part. Very good, has free version, and multiplatform. Guest • Feb 2017 • 9 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • the free version really read/write autocad files. rbadillarxMar 2017 • 4 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Despite my continuous research, I have never found anything else closer and compatible to autocad. I say this with a critical spirit, because compatibility is good, not perfect ...Unfortunately. Guest • Jun 2018 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It is almost the same as Autocad for 2D drawings. It is very good for small size drawings but no so good graphical performace for more complex drawings. Guest • Jun 2018 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • One of the better, if not the best CAD for Linux. Works on Fedora, would recommend this program. Guest • Mar 2017 • 2 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • DraftSight is developed as a competitor to AutoCAD 2D. Distributed as a free (well also has a paid version) software to compete with 2D AutoCAD. Guest • Jul 2016 • 2 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Fully compatible with, industry standard, AutoCAD DWG files. Uses a command line based interface that works in the same way as AutoCAD. Guest • Dec 2016 • 1 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • The interface is very similar and it was able to open existing autocadd drawings. this allowed a seamless transition. Guest • Jan 2017 • 1 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • This is the closest program in functionality to Autocad, It could use some stability improvements. Guest • May 2017 Disagree   Agree

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux

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  • Sketchup

    SketchUp (formerly Google Sketchup) is a 3D modeling computer program for a wide range of drawing applications such as architectural, interior design, civil and mechanical engineering, film, and video game design—and available in a freeware version, SketchUp Make, and a paid version with additional functionality, SketchUp Pro. SketchUp comes with a 3D Gallery that lets you search for models and share yours.

    • Sketchup doesn't seem to be able to open .dwg files Guest • Jan 2017 • 9 agrees and 11 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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  • LibreCAD

    LibreCAD (originally QCad then CADuntu) is an open source 2D CAD application for Windows, Apple and Linux. It is based on Qt, which is a leading cross-platform application and UI development framework. LibreCAD can read DWG files (and others) as of the latest Nightly build. It writes DXF files, but can also export SVG, JPG, PNG, PDF and other files.

    • No blockeditor or creating dynamic blocks. Guest • Feb 2018 Disagree   Agree
    • LibreCAD is only a 2d Drafting software while AutoCAD also has 3d modelling capabilities Guest • May 2016 • 6 agrees and 7 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Similar GUI like AutoCAD, and for 2D drawing, it is a perfect solution Guest • Jul 2017 • 1 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • If you know Autocad, you will learn librecad lightning fast. Guest • Jan 2018 • 0 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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  • OpenSCAD

    OpenSCAD is a software for creating solid 3D CAD objects. It is free software and available for Linux/UNIX, MS Windows and MacOS. Unlike most free software for creating 3D models (such as the famous application Blender) it does not focus on the artistic aspects of 3D modelling but instead on the CAD aspects.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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  • BRL-CAD

    BRL-CAD is a powerful cross-platform open source solid modeling system that includes interactive geometry editing, high-performance ray-tracing for rendering and geometric analysis, image and signal-processing tools, a system performance analysis benchmark suite, libraries for robust geometric representation, with more than 20 years of active development.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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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, completely uncrippled. nanoCAD includes: 1. Classic CAD interface. Any engineer could easily master nanoCAD since everything is in their right places: menu, button icons, panels, command line, and the commands theirselves are easily recognizable.

    Freemium Windows

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  • QCAD

    QCAD is an application for computer aided drafting in 2D. With QCAD you can create technical drawings such as plans for buildings, interiors, mechanical parts or schemas and diagrams. QCad uses the AutoCAD DXF file format internally and to save and import files. AutoCAD DWG support is available as a commercial plugin. QCAD is available in two versions: Community edition and Professional edition. QCAD Community Edition is free and open source.

    Free Personal Mac Windows Linux

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  • 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. File Formats: dwg, dxf, 3ds, skp, ... Languages: English, German, Dutch, French, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish;

    Free Windows

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  • Open CASCADE

    Open CASCADE Technology is a software development platform freely available in open source. It includes components for 3D surface and solid modeling, visualization, data exchange and rapid application development. Open CASCADE Technology can be best applied in development of numerical simulation software including CAD/CAM/CAE, AEC and GIS, as well as PDM applications. System requirements: http://www.opencascade.org/getocc/require/

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  • NaroCAD

    NaroCAD is a fully fledged and extensible 3D parametric modeling CAD application. 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. These functionalities are interrelated through Model Associativity and are exposed through a GUI. The general usability specifications like saving, importing are described in General functionality specifications .

    • Discontinued The project is no longer developed. Last version, 1.8.8, released in December 2014, can be still downloaded from the official website.

    Free Open Source Windows

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  • Shapr3D

    Shapr3D is a revolutionary 3D modeling software created exclusively for your iPad Pro and your Apple Pencil. Shapr3D is the only truly mobile CAD app - a quick but precise way to create 3D models for engineering, design, 3D prints, and more. COMPATIBILITY Shapr3D is compatible with ALL major CAD software. You can export your works into a STL, STEP, or an IGES file.

    Freemium iPad

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  • Autodesk 123D Design

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

    • Discontinued Autodesk has discontinued their line of 123D apps and has consolidated features and workflow into Tinkercad, Fusion 360, and ReMake. Blog post: http://blog.123dapp.com/2016/12/important-news-about-the-next-chapter

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  • Packly

    A packaging online tool that allows anyone to generate custom dielines in seconds, very accurate and professional. They are ready to be imported in graphic vector softwares or to create die-cut tools. Packly can both turn packaging ideas into interactive virtual 3D models and print custom boxes in high-quality, from a single copy to large volumes starting from just two working days.

    Free Web

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  • form•Z

    form•Z pro includes all of the features found in form•Z Jr plus many advanced modeling tools, STEP and IGES translators, animation, layout, network rendering and interface customization. Available for OS X 10.7+ and Windows 7/8/10. Solid and Surface Modeling tools including Booleans, NURBS and Subdivision Surfaces. Native support for 64 architecture on OS X allows for more content craetion. Imports SKP, KMZ, DWG, DXF, DAE, OBJ, SAT, STEP and STL files.

    Freemium Mac Windows

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  • AutoCAD 360

    AutoCAD 360 (formerly AutoCAD WS) lets you view, edit, and share DWG drawings through a web browser or mobile device. Now you have the freedom to work anywhere and with anyone.

    Freemium Web Android iPhone Windows RT Android Tablet ... iPad

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  • LiteCAD

    Create, edit, view, and print 2D CAD drawings using the file formats: dxf, dwg, shp ;Download-Size only 3.10 MB; language: only english; LiteCAD program lets even the most novice computer user design like a pro. Use the interactive tutorials and start creating. Create impressive 2d sketches and precision technical drawings in a flash--and have fun. Whether you re a beginner, casual designer, or a design enthusiast, this program lets you design like a pro.

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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 can: read and write Autodesk AutoCAD DWG files from 2.

    Free Personal Windows

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  • IPocket Draw

    iPocket Draw is a vector drawing program comprehensive (CAD 2D), which offers to you total control over your drawing. Of course all the simple drawing tools are available: line, rectangle, oval, arc, polygon, text. But also tools of free line with vectorization option (recognition of simple shapes), spline, regular polygon. All attributes of each object can be edited and changed: line color, line thickness, background color, dotted, arrow, font ...

    Freemium iPhone iPad

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  • Microsoft 3D Builder

    View, capture, personalize, and print 3D models. Download many kinds of 3D files and edit them using the 3D modeling space. Take a picture with your webcam and make it 3D.

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  • BricsCAD Shape

    BricsCAD Shape lets you create without limits. Sculpt your ideas in solids from the start. It’s the power of free-form modeling with full CAD accuracy.

    • Work very well, cross platform, closer to AutoCAD than sketchup. munteanueveronykaOct 2018 Disagree   Agree

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  • DoubleCAD XT

    DoubleCAD XT is an free AutoCAD LT work-alike. DoubleCAD XT is a great companion with AutoCAD - and if you are a Google SketchUp user wanting to go from concept-to-construction drawings - or have an older copy of AutoCAD LT that cant read the latest AutoCAD files - DoubleCAD XT is an invaluable companion to SketchUp and AutoCAD LT, too. With many new, innovative features, you might even think DoubleCAD XT is an upgrade for AutoCAD LT.

    Freemium 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 after installation you can trial three other versions.

    Freemium Windows

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