Autodesk AutoCAD Alternatives and Similar Software

Known for robust compatibility and as the standard application for computer-aided design, Autodesk AutoCAD supports a wide variety of files formats. Though there are other alternatives that support the opening of .dwg files that store 2D and 3D data.

As AutoCAD is paid software, you might want to look into the many free alternatives that are available. On top of this, though AutoCAD is available on most popular desktop and mobile operating systems, it does not have a Linux-based client, so alternatives to AutoCAD that run on Linux are available as well.

The list of alternatives was last updated: 7/12/2020 12:07:00 PM

Alternatives to Autodesk AutoCAD for all platforms with any license

  • SOLIDWORKS

    SOLIDWORKS is a leading 3D CAD software for design, analysis and product data management. SOLIDWORKS solutions can help boost productivity, harness intelligence, foster innovation, and facilitate collaboration. Through tight integration, SOLIDWORKS tools enable you to leverage 3D models throughout the organization, bringing processes together so you can get products to market faster.

    • Nothing to do with. SolidWorks is closer to Inventor, not to AutoCAD. You're probably getting payed to publish crap lies as this one. Guest • Dec 2019 Disagree   Agree
    • It's a solid 3d modelling software. Guest • Dec 2019 Disagree   Agree
    • SolidWorks aimed to design parts for the manufacturing and mostly used for mechanical engineering. AutoCAD is used for general things from mechanical to civil, has many different ways of use. Guest • Jul 2016 • 7 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • solidworks is based on solid 3d modeling Guest • Feb 2016 • 0 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Commercial $ $ $ Windows

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  • 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.

    • Great similarity with AutoCAD so almost no relearning required. Still a permanent licence so not am not getting hit with annual rental charges. Guest • Dec 2019 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Parity or better functionality, full compatibility, affordable, much faster, broad apI. Guest • Nov 2019 Disagree   Agree
    • Most user friendly and similar to what I am using , no need to learn anything new. Guest • Jun 2019 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It works stable and fast, not bad. Great experience in open, edit .dwg drawings. Guest • Nov 2017 • 3 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Cheaper than Autocad, and have the same options. I recomend it at 100% Guest • Oct 2016 • 3 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Commercial Windows

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  • Onshape

    Onshape is a professional CAD system – Parts, Assemblies, Drawings – with version control and collaboration built in. Each Onshape plan (Free for STUDENTS, Professional & Enterprise) gives you all of the CAD and data management functionality with no time limit. - Onshape is the first full-cloud 3D CAD system. It runs in a web browser and on any mobile device. - Onshape uses cloud-native Documents, not files.

    • Cloud-based, faster and more modern. JohnSevierNov 2018 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Personal Mac Windows Linux Web Android ... iPhone Android Tablet iPad

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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/

    Free Open Source Windows Linux

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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 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 enabling you to design, visualize, and simulate your products. Design—Integrate all design data into a single digital model. Visualize—Create a virtual representation of your final product to market it before it’s built.

    Commercial $ $ $ Windows

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  • CorelCAD

    Enhance your visual communication expertise with the precision of superior 2D drafting and 3D design tools available in CorelCAD™ 2019. It’s the smart, affordable solution for drawing detailed elements in technical design. With native .DWG file support, and optimization for Windows and macOS, this computer aided design software can increase productivity and performance.

    Commercial $ $ $ Mac Windows

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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 basing on a once designed prototype. Numerous service functions facilitate solving auxiliary designing and production maintenance problems.

    Commercial Windows

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  • 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 materials generation, part numbers, and costs for included components. DesignSpark Mechanical can export to DXF, SketchUp, ECAD, OBJ, STEP, and STL formats.

    Free Windows

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