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    Free SOLIDWORKS Alternatives

    The best free alternative to SOLIDWORKS is FreeCAD, which is also Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to SOLIDWORKS and many of them is free so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting free alternatives to SOLIDWORKS are SketchUp (Freemium), Onshape (Free Personal), Autodesk Fusion 360 (Free Personal) and LibreCAD (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Sep 15, 2021

    1. FreeCAD is a general purpose parametric 3D CAD modeler. The development is completely Open Source (LGPL License).
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      FreeCAD vs SOLIDWORKS opinions
      Most users think FreeCAD is a great alternative to SOLIDWORKS.
      AS far as I have tried, FreeCAD is the only FOSS alternative to Solidworks/Catia/PTC that has a funtional workflow. It is the best of a poor bunch.
      Positive comment almost 5 years ago

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      It's free for both personal and commercial use
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

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    2. SketchUp (formerly Google Sketchup) is a 3D modeling computer program for a wide range of drawing applications such as architectural, interior design, civil and mechanical engineering, film, and video game design—and available in a freeware version, SketchUp Make, and a paid...
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      SketchUp vs SOLIDWORKS opinions
      Some users think SketchUp is a great alternative to SOLIDWORKS, some don't.
      It doesn't have the same tools, short-cuts and general software.
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

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    3. Onshape is a professional CAD system – Parts, Assemblies, Drawings – with version control and collaboration built in. Each Onshape plan (Free for STUDENTS, Professional & Enterprise) gives you all of the CAD and data management functionality with no time limit.
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      Onshape vs SOLIDWORKS opinions
      Most users think Onshape is a great alternative to SOLIDWORKS.
      thantik Fully cross platform parametric cad solution which runs in the browser. Includes any OS which can run a modern browser, including BSD, Linux, OS X, Android, and more. Not open source. Not free. But some of us need a professional-level solution regardless of those ideals.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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      It's just like Solidworks, near same terminology, icons, placement, etc. Not to mention it's free (for the most basic version) and on the cloud.
      Positive comment almost 5 years ago

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      It's free (fully functional) , multiplatform (even on mobiles)
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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    4. Integrated CAD, CAM, and CAE featuring collaborative editing and cloud-based computation. Free license available for students and hobbyists.
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      Autodesk Fusion 360 vs SOLIDWORKS opinions
      Most users think Autodesk Fusion 360 is a great alternative to SOLIDWORKS.
      Easy, great support, many tutorials, mobile showroom app, ezports to every format possible, CAD and CAM (very powerfull)
      Positive comment almost 5 years ago

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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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      LibreCAD vs SOLIDWORKS opinions
      Some users think LibreCAD is a great alternative to SOLIDWORKS, some don't.
      Seth 2D application, not 3D like Solidworks
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

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    5. OpenSCAD is a software for creating solid 3D CAD objects. It is free software and available for Linux/UNIX, MS Windows and MacOS.
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    6. SolveSpace is a parametric 3D CAD program with extrude, revolve, union and difference functions. Save/Export as DXF, PDF, SVG, STL, STEP. Mesh generation expected by most 3d printers. Constraint solver point tracing for motion analysis.
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      SolveSpace vs SOLIDWORKS opinions
      Most users think SolveSpace is a great alternative to SOLIDWORKS.
      sgtdre It shows that it can open .step files and I have a few GrabCad files that I want to check out and see it I can at least save to other file formats, ;ie .dwg
      Positive comment almost 5 years ago

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    7. 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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    8. Shapr3D is a revolutionary 3D modeling software created exclusively for your iPad Pro and your Apple Pencil. Shapr3D is the only truly mobile CAD app - a quick but precise way to create 3D models for engineering, design, 3D prints, and more.
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    9. The professional furnishing 2D-/3D-tool for everybody: The pCon.planner is a cost-free application allowing you to comfortably and professionally create complex furnishing concepts and to visualize them in a photo-realistic quality. File Formats: dwg, dxf, 3ds, skp, ...
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