MicroStation Alternatives

    MicroStation is described as 'Want to focus your time and energy on developing designs to build a better world? MicroStation easily models, drafts, maps, renders and documents your projects' and is an app in the Photos & Graphics category. There are more than 10 alternatives to MicroStation for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Online / Web-based and Android. The best alternative is FreeCAD, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like MicroStation are LibreCAD (Free, Open Source), Autodesk AutoCAD (Paid), BRL-CAD (Free, Open Source) and MakerSCAD (Freemium, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jun 17, 2021

    1. FreeCAD is a general purpose parametric 3D CAD modeler. The development is completely Open Source (LGPL License).
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      Will not open .DGN file types. This is the standard file type for Mircostation. When opening DFX files that were created with Microstation, they do not open correctly.
      Negative comment over 3 years ago

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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
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      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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      Will not open .DGN file types. This is the standard file type for Microstation. When opening a DXF file that was created with Microstation, the file opens blank.
      Negative comment over 3 years ago

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      only 2d, no 3d models and renderings
      Negative comment about 4 years ago

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    2. 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.
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    3. 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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      This is 3d only software and will not open and standard file types. Not supported: DWG, DGN, and DXF.
      Negative comment over 3 years ago

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    4. 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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    5. ActCAD is a 2D Drafting and 3D Modeling CAD software meant for Engineers, Architects, and other technical consultants. ActCAD is a native DWG & DXF CAD software to create and edit drawings.
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    6. A traditional CAD software with added functionality to automate some features. Automatic insertion of walls, room formation at closing of walls, automatic lists, DWG, IFC, 3D, collision analysis, merging, automatic cross section and much more.
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    7. Product and Packaging design | Furniture and cabinet design DIY manufacturing create precision models and export to CNC machines. Use more sophisticated editing to compliment rendering and animation packages.
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    8. Solid Modeling and NURBS Surfaces History Based Modeling Twinsting & Bending Shell/Hollow Parts | Convert 2D Profiles into 3D Texture Library of 1400+ Materials Autogenerate 2D Automatically
      • FreeProprietary
      • Windows
      Microstation DGN alternative - opens a V8 file, V7, a raster CIT file and a hybrid raster file of the moon. Runs completely standalone, does not use or require Microstation or OpenDesign to be installed on the client machine.
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