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Open Source FreeCAD Alternatives

The best open source alternative to FreeCAD is LibreCAD. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to FreeCAD and many of them is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to FreeCAD are OpenSCAD, SolveSpace, BRL-CAD and CadQuery.

FreeCAD alternatives are mainly CAD Software but may also be 3D Modelers or Interior Design Apps. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of FreeCAD.
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FreeCAD is a general purpose parametric 3D CAD modeler. The development is completely Open Source (LGPL License).

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    LibreCAD

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • PortableApps.com

    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.

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    This alternative is disputed. LibreCAD is still a legitimate alternative to FreeCAD, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
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    BEST DESIGN AND USABILITY

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    FreeCAD = 3D LibreCAD = 2D

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    librecad is 2D whereas freecad is 3D

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    LibreCAD is 2D, FreeCAD is 3D

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    The major difference is that LibreCAD is 2D while FreeCAD is 3D

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    LibreCAD is 2D, FreeCAD is 3D parametric modeler

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    librecad is 2d and freecad is 3d

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    OpenSCAD

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    OpenSCAD is a software for creating solid 3D CAD objects. It is free software and available for Linux/UNIX, MS Windows and MacOS.

    Rendering a model
    OpenSCAD vs FreeCAD opinions
    Almost everyone thinks OpenSCAD is a great alternative to FreeCAD.

    Assurance of code based parameters

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    SolveSpace

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    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 analysis.

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    Almost everyone thinks SolveSpace is a great alternative to FreeCAD.
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    BRL-CAD

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD

    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...

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  5. CadQuery

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Self-Hosted

    CadQuery is an intuitive, easy-to-use python based language for building parametric 3D CAD models. CadQuery is for 3D CAD what jQuery is for javascript. Imagine selecting Faces of a 3d object the same way you select DOM objects with JQuery!

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    SALOME

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux

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

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    Antimony

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Linux

    Antimony is a computer-aided design (CAD) tool from a parallel universe in which CAD software evolved from Lisp machines rather than drafting tables.

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    Sverchok

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Blender

    verchok is a powerful parametric tool for architects, allowing geometry to be programmed visually with nodes. Mesh and geometry programming consists of combining basic elements such as:

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    MakerSCAD

    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Chrome OS

    MakerSCAD is a web-based parametric 3D design software with a block-based programming language to create objects for 3D printing, animations, games and websites.

    Discontinued

    Site certificate expired. Software itself hasn't been updated in a very long time, is incomplete, and doesn't function

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  10. Linkage is computer aided design software used for quick prototyping of linkage mechanisms.

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