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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 a CAD software in the photos & graphics category. There are more than 10 alternatives to MicroStation for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Online / Web-based, Linux and BSD. The best alternative is FreeCAD, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like MicroStation are LibreCAD, Autodesk AutoCAD, BRL-CAD and MakerSCAD.

MicroStation alternatives are mainly CAD Software but may also be 3D Modelers or 3D Printing Tools. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of MicroStation.
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  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.

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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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    only 2d, no 3d models and renderings

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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.

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    Autodesk AutoCAD

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad

    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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    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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    This is 3d only software and will not open and standard file types. Not supported: DWG, DGN, and DXF.

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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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  6. ActCAD is a 2D & 3D CAD software with functionality of the industry leaders. We offer two product options:

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    Punch! ViaCAD Pro

    • Mac
    • Windows

    3D cad software with the perfect blend of conceptual and production design tools.

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    ArCADia BIM

    • Windows

    Software that allows you to create an almost complete design of a building and all installations in one environment. Lots of automation, precision tools, merging documents, collision analysis, in program rendering, 3D, IFC, and much more.

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    Punch! ViaCAD 2D/3D

    • Mac
    • Windows

    Software provides a seamless marriage of 2D and 3D to help you take your sketched ideas to 3D realism.

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    DualCAD

    • 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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