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. Asset Forge allows anyone to create 3D models and 2D sprites using building blocks. Finished assets are compatible with most available game engines.
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      • Windows
      CATIA (Computer Aided Three-dimensional Interactive Application) (in English usually pronounced /k?'ti?/) is a multi-platform CAD/CAM/CAE commercial software suite developed by the French company Dassault Systèmes.
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    2. With Creo Parametric, and its extensions, you can create, analyze, view, and share designs downstream using 2D CAD, 3D CAD, and parametric and direct modeling capabilities.
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      • Windows
      • Linux
      SALOME can be used as standalone application for generation of CAD models, their preparation for numerical calculations and post-processing of the calculation results.
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      SALOME vs SOLIDWORKS opinions
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      Salome can solve some problems as SolidWork's COSMOS can. Also UI concept of Salome is very similar
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    3. IronCAD is the productivity leader when it comes to moving creative ideas into full 3D reality by utilising a breakthrough Creative Design approach that delivers a level of design freedom unmatched in the industry today where users are able to edit their design at any stage.
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      IronCAD vs SOLIDWORKS opinions
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      It uses history tree with features but you are VERY free to modify as you want, regardless what you planed from start. It has no need for constraints in general, only if it is motivated. It support concept much better. Late unpredicted changes. All parts in a single file, if you want. Triball " a hand in to the 3D world" .
      Positive comment 12 months ago

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      • Windows
      GstarCAD is well-known alternative CAD software of high compatibility with ACAD. With 27 years of continuous improvement and innovation, today GstarCAD is far ahead in performance, stability and becomes leading CAD software in the world.
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    4. ZWCAD software, as a highly reliable and powerful CAD tool, meets the needs of 2D/3D design & drafting industry, including architecture, engineering, construction (AEC), mechanics, electronics...and anyone who creates CAD drawings.
    5. COMSOL Multiphysics is an engineering, design, and finite element analysis software environment for the modeling and simulation of any physics-based system.
    6. nanoCAD is a pro-grade 2D CAD system with native DWG support and full customizability. It is totally free, for business, professional, or personal purposes. It is fast, lightweight, capable, and , unlike most free CAD programs, completely uncrippled. nanoCAD includes:
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      This alternative is disputed. nanoCAD is still a legitimate alternative to SOLIDWORKS, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
    7. 3D Orchard is a free online platform for crowdsourced design. It includes free, built-in CAD tools and everything needed to turn an idea into a physical product. Because the computer-aided design (CAD) tools are built-in and free, people can edit and evolve each others 3D models.
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