SOLIDWORKS Alternatives

    For 3D computer-aided design, SolidWorks is one of the leading pieces of CAD software. Though it also supports 2D designs, there are alternatives that support 2D designs that have more robust functionality in that regard.

    SolidWorks is only available for Windows, but there are several alternatives available on devices that run macOS, Linux-based operating systems, Android's Google Play Store, and the App Store (with CAD applications that are specifically optimized for iPad as well).

    This page was last updated Sep 15, 2021

    1. DraftSight is a professional-grade, open 2D CAD product for users who want a better way to read, write and share DWG files. DraftSight is easy to use and is available for professional CAD users, students and educators to download and activate for free.
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    2. BricsCAD the first all-in-one CAD design solution in .dwg that answers all your needs; 2D drafting, 3D modeling, mechanical design, and BIM. BricsCAD is a cost-effective, innovative, and familiar CAD solution.
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      Some users think BricsCAD is a great alternative to SOLIDWORKS, some don't.
      It is an AutoCAD clone, not SolidWorks.
      Negative comment almost 5 years ago

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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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    4. 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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      • Free PersonalProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      QCAD is an application for computer aided drafting in 2D. With QCAD you can create technical drawings such as plans for buildings, interiors, mechanical parts or schemas and diagrams.
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    5. Rhino can create, edit, analyze, document, render, animate, and translate NURBS* curves, surfaces, and solids, point clouds, and polygon meshes. There are no limits on complexity, degree, or size beyond those of your hardware.
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    6. DesignSpark Mechanical is a 3D modeling software reported to be easy to use so that all engineers will be able to create and share models.
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      Almost everyone thinks Designspark Mechanical is a great alternative to SOLIDWORKS.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      • Linux
      Open CASCADE Technology is a software development platform freely available in open source. It includes components for 3D surface and solid modeling, visualization, data exchange and rapid application development.
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    7. Solid Edge is an industry-leading mechanical design system with exceptional tools for creating and managing 3D digital prototypes.
      Most users think Solid Edge is a great alternative to SOLIDWORKS.
      • Windows
      Real-time animation evolves with 3D Video FX, motion paths, HDR and rapid drag & drop creation inside iClone. iClone combines video production with 3D real-time animation. The result is a powerful production tool for motion graphics, 3D animation and video compositing.
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