LDCad Alternatives

    LDCad is described as 'multiplatform LDraw (virtual LEGO) editor that lets you edit LDraw model documents in real-time' and is an app in the Photos & Graphics category. There are nine alternatives to LDCad for Mac, Windows, Linux and Online / Web-based. The best alternative is LEGO Digital Designer, which is free. Other great apps like LDCad are LeoCAD (Free, Open Source), Mecabricks.com (Free), Stud.io (Freemium) and LDraw (Free).

    This page was last updated Dec 18, 2020

    1. LEGO Digital Designer, or LDD, is a free computer program produced by the LEGO Group. The program allows users to build models using virtual LEGO bricks, in a computer-aided design like manner.

      Discontinued

      Discontinued as of 2018, as it's website shows (https://web.archive.org/web/20180209234326/https://www.lego.com/en-us/ldd/)

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    2. LeoCAD is a CAD program for creating virtual LEGO models. It has an easy to use interface and currently includes over 6000 different pieces created by the LDraw community.
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    3. Mecabricks is the first web service to create, publish and display 3D models and 3D Renderings made with LEGO® bricks. No need to install any plugin, it simply works.
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      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Online
      Stud.io is a powerful but intuitive CAD-like software for building model brick creations, giving the feeling of building with LEGO in real life. It's fully integrated with Bricklink.
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      • FreeProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      LDraw is an open standard for LEGO CAD programs that allow the user to create virtual LEGO models and scenes.
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      • Free PersonalProprietary
      • Windows
      MLCad (Mike's Lego CAD) is a powerful CAD system specifically designed to create building instructions as known from Lego, for your own Lego models and creations.
    4. Bricksmith allows you to create virtual instructions for your Lego creations on your Mac. The magic is based on the LDraw library, a collection of 3D models of Lego building blocks created by enthusiasts from around the world.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      Konstruktor provides a 3D environment on your screen in which you build Lego models out of predefined bricks and other subunits.

      Discontinued

      The official website is no longer available. Last version, 0.9.0-beta1, released in January 2011, and the sourcecode are still available on Github.

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    5. MakerBrane is the only universal digital 3D toy builder. Build online with everything from LEGO to Meccano, K'nex, primitives and furniture. Design play sets, share them, view them in 3D in any browser. Nothing to install, it works even from school!.
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