SketchUp Alternatives

    SketchUp is described as '(formerly Google Sketchup) is a 3D modeling computer program for a wide range of drawing applications such as architectural, interior design, civil and mechanical' and is one of the leading apps in the Development category. There are more than 100 alternatives to SketchUp for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, the Web and iPad. The best alternative is FreeCAD, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like SketchUp are Blender (Free, Open Source), Sweet Home 3D (Freemium, Open Source), Autodesk AutoCAD (Paid) and Shapr3D (Freemium).

    The list of alternatives was last updated Nov 24, 2020

    • FreeCAD is a general purpose parametric 3D CAD modeler. The development is completely Open Source (LGPL License). View 93 alternatives to FreeCAD
      Most users think FreeCAD is a great alternative to SketchUp.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      FreeCAD vs SketchUp
      pros, cons and recent comments
      FreeCAD is a rich program for mechanical components or structures. There is more of a learning curve than Sketchup but can create professional drawings, analysis, simulation, assemblies, and more.
      Top positive comment  4 months ago

      Love this software for 3d printing.
      Top positive comment  over 2 years ago

      I use both and they are not alternatives. Sktechup excels at drawing things realtime (to think in 3D). Freecad is cumbersome for that. Sketchup cannot do easily parametric modelling (with constraints, etc) or print blueprints. It only deals with triangles. Sketchup is easy to learn while Freecad has a steep learning curve.
      Top negative comment  6 months ago

      FreeCAD is a lot more difficult to use
      Negative comment 5 months ago

      Sketchup is not a CAD software
      Negative comment 11 months ago

      Not the same audience. Just try to build a pyramid with FreeCAD and you will understand how far it is from sketchup.
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

      FreeCAD is not nearly as simple to use.
      Negative comment about 5 years ago

    • Blender is the free and open-source 3D creation suite. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline—modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing, video editing, and motion tracking. View 141 alternatives to Blender
      This alternative is disputed. Blender is still a legitimate alternative to SketchUp, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      • PortableApps.com
      • Haiku
      • Steam
      Blender vs SketchUp
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      naught101 Good generic 3D modeller, but not as suited for quick space modelling.
      Top positive comment  over 3 years ago

      octave_clavet It's a powerful 3D modeling tool but somewhat harder to use than Sketchup.
      Top positive comment  over 2 years ago

      Sketch up is sold on how easy it is to use. Blender is god level complex.
      Top negative comment  over 3 years ago

      aronkvh It's a bit complicated but way more powerful booleans, arrays. You can draw shapes just like in SU. Get comfortable with the snapping system. Try measureit-arch , archipack, cad-transform free addons for a similar experience. There is also construction lines for like 10USD which adds the ability to draw lines and rectangles.
      Positive comment 7 days ago

      Sketch up is more geared for designing a table or a house. Blender seem more like creation a Pixar animated movie.
      Negative comment 8 months ago

      ChangeMachine Another comment says Blender is "God level complex". I'm gonna get hate for saying this, but I think "hell-level complex" is more like it. I respect that it's an amazing and powerful (insular) community-driven project, but intuitive and inviting it is not. Thus the fork "B for Artists", which seems promising.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

      Too complex. "3D for everyone" is Sketchup's tagline.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

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    • Sweet Home 3D is a free interior design Java application that helps you draw the plan of your house, arrange furniture on it and visit the results in 3D. View 57 alternatives to Sweet Home 3D
      Some users think Sweet Home 3D is a great alternative to SketchUp, some don't.
      • FreemiumOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Online
      • Solaris
      Sweet Home 3D vs SketchUp
      pros, cons and recent comments
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      If you are looking for something related to home design, SweetHome3D is an excellent solution. But it is not a general purpose cad suite.
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

      Very easy to learn. Has a huge library of "furniture" and other assets developed and shared by users. Has 3D photo's and video virtual tours. May not be that great for detailed framing plans and elevations.
      Top positive comment  about 3 years ago

      Sketchup is far more generic and can be used for creating 3D printing models. Sweet Home 3D is a targeted application designed for laying out house designs.
      Top negative comment  almost 5 years ago

      Its not general purpose, its to specific to be an alternative to virtually any other CAD program
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

      Not a general purpose CAD program
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

      SH3D is great for home projects but lacks a lot when compared to Sketchup. Simply don't share enough features to be comparable.
      Negative comment about 3 years ago

      Sketchup is a more generic 3D modeller. Sweet Home 3D is a tool for house and furniture designs.
      Negative comment about 4 years ago

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    • Professional 2D and 3D CAD software with specialized tools for use across design and engineering disciplines. View 112 alternatives to Autodesk AutoCAD
      Most users think Autodesk AutoCAD is a great alternative to SketchUp.
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Online
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • iPad
      Autodesk AutoCAD vs SketchUp
      pros, cons and recent comments
      If you're talking about Autodesk software the 3D software is Revit, which is amazing, but AutoCAD is much more suited to 2D modelling and doing 3D requires a larger time investment or understanding of procedural coding etc. As for Revit, it leaves Sketchup in the dust, but it's also very expensive(I didn't see it on the list even after scrolling down, hmm).
      Negative comment 6 months ago

    • Shapr3D is a revolutionary 3D modeling software created exclusively for your iPad Pro and your Apple Pencil. View 39 alternatives to Shapr3D
      Most users think Shapr3D is a great alternative to SketchUp.


    • Wings 3D is a subdivision modeler inspired by Nendo and Mirai from Izware. View 56 alternatives to Wings 3D
      Most users think Wings 3D is a great alternative to SketchUp.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
    • The professional furnishing 2D-/3D-tool for everybody: View 78 alternatives to pCon.planner
      Almost everyone thinks pCon.planner is a great alternative to SketchUp.
      • FreeProprietary
      • Windows
      pCon.planner vs SketchUp
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Beautifully designed interface, very intuitive, wide gallery of 3D objetcs to use, and free... What's not to like.
      Positive comment almost 3 years ago

    • Autodesk 123D is a suite of hobbyist CAD and modelling tools created by Autodesk. View 68 alternatives to 123D
      Most users think 123D is a great alternative to SketchUp.

      Discontinued

      Autodesk has discontinued their line of 123d apps.

      • Free PersonalProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • iPad
    • MakeHuman is an interactive modelling tool for creating realistic 3D human characters. These models can be exported to several computer graphics and animation platforms including Blender, Unity 3D, Unreal Engine, OpenSim and Second Life. View 45 alternatives to MakeHuman
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
    • Sketcher3D is a 3D modeling, design, and fun physics sandbox. Create and manipulate 3D objects, plan out a space, or just build things up and smash them down! View 10 alternatives to Sketcher 3D
      Almost everyone thinks Sketcher 3D is a great alternative to SketchUp.

      Discontinued

      No longer available on the Google Play Store, and the official site has not updated since 2012.

      • Android
      Sketcher 3D vs SketchUp
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Because people on Android can use it
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

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