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Free MicroStation Alternatives

The best free alternative to MicroStation is FreeCAD, which is also Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 10 alternatives to MicroStation and six of them is free so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting free alternatives to MicroStation are LibreCAD, BRL-CAD, MakerSCAD and DualCAD.

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.
This page was last updated Mar 17, 2022
  • Windows

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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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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

  5. 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.



  6. CADE is a compact but powerful 2D vector editor for Windows. It includes basic Microsoft Office Visio functionality and could be used to create diagrams, network diagrams, flowcharts, schemas, maps and so much more.

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