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    SketchUp Alternatives for Windows

    There are many alternatives to SketchUp for Windows if you are looking for a replacement. The best Windows alternative is FreeCAD, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to SketchUp and loads of them are available for Windows so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Windows alternatives to SketchUp are Blender (Free, Open Source), Sweet Home 3D (Free, Open Source), Autodesk AutoCAD (Paid) and Wings 3D (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Apr 13, 2022
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    1. FreeCAD is a general purpose parametric 3D CAD modeler. The development is completely Open Source (LGPL License).
      FreeCAD vs SketchUp opinions
      Most users think FreeCAD is a great alternative to SketchUp.
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      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  over 1 year ago

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

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      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  over 1 year ago

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      FreeCAD is a lot more difficult to use
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

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      You can't go in and draw parts as like Sketchup - not at all the same.
      Negative comment almost 2 years ago

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      Sketchup is not a CAD software
      Negative comment about 2 years ago

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      Not the same audience. Just try to build a pyramid with FreeCAD and you will understand how far it is from sketchup.
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

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    2. 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.
      Blender vs SketchUp opinions
      This alternative is disputed. Blender is still a legitimate alternative to SketchUp, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
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      naught101 Good generic 3D modeller, but not as suited for quick space modelling.
      Top positive comment  almost 5 years ago

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      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.
      Top positive comment  about 1 year ago

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      Sketch up is sold on how easy it is to use. Blender is god level complex.
      Top negative comment  almost 5 years ago

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      Sketch up is more geared for designing a table or a house. Blender seem more like creation a Pixar animated movie.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

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      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 2 years ago

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      Too complex. "3D for everyone" is Sketchup's tagline.
      Negative comment almost 3 years ago

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      Blender is a graphic artist's tool. SketchUp is an architect's tool. SketchUp is very intuitive, but Blender is very complicated and not intuitive at all.
      Negative comment about 3 years ago

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    3. 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.
      Sweet Home 3D vs SketchUp opinions
      Some users think Sweet Home 3D is a great alternative to SketchUp, some don't.
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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 5 years ago

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      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  over 4 years ago

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      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 6 years ago

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      Its not general purpose, its to specific to be an alternative to virtually any other CAD program
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

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      Not a general purpose CAD program
      Negative comment almost 4 years ago

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      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 4 years ago

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      Sketchup is a more generic 3D modeller. Sweet Home 3D is a tool for house and furniture designs.
      Negative comment about 5 years ago

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      AutoCAD is a leading CAD (computer-aided design) software used professionally throughout architectural, electrical, mechanical and other engineering and design industries. It was once available under a perpetual license but is now accessed solely through a subscription.
      Autodesk AutoCAD vs SketchUp opinions
      Most users think Autodesk AutoCAD is a great alternative to SketchUp.
      ibuddy66 AutoCAD is beyond expensive and prices the average user completely out of the picture. There is no good reason for the exorbitant rising costs of this software. None!
      Negative comment 8 months ago

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      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 over 1 year ago

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    4. Wings 3D is a subdivision modeler inspired by Nendo and Mirai from Izware.
      Most users think Wings 3D is a great alternative to SketchUp.


    5. The professional furnishing 2D-/3D-tool for everybody:
      pCon.planner vs SketchUp opinions
      Almost everyone thinks pCon.planner is a great alternative to SketchUp.
      Beautifully designed interface, very intuitive, wide gallery of 3D objetcs to use, and free... What's not to like.
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

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    6. 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.
      MakeHuman vs SketchUp opinions
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      Completely different scope. SketchUp is a general modeller with a hard surface / architecture focus while MakeHuman is strictly for creating realistic human models.
      Negative comment 9 months ago

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    7. 3D modeling and rendering software for design visualization, games, and animations.
      Most users think Autodesk 3ds Max is a great alternative to SketchUp.
    8. Autodesk Maya software is a powerful, integrated 3D modeling, animation, visual effects, and rendering solution.
    9. 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...
      BRL-CAD vs SketchUp opinions
      Most users think BRL-CAD is a great alternative to SketchUp.
      The manner in which you draw a shape, enter dimensions, and push/pull a flat plane shape are the most similar to the SketchUp workflow of any 3D/CAD program I have used.
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

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