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. Cobalt is a parametric 3D modeling software for product design and development that's easy to use. It offers wireframe, solid and surface modeling with precision drawings, renderings and animation.
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    2. SpaceClaim Engineer is the world’s fastest and most innovative 3D direct modeler. SpaceClaim Engineer brings 3D solid modeling to the desktops of engineers and analysts who work in 3D, with a simplicity and low TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) never seen before in CAD.
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    3. The worlds most affordable 3D CAD, CAM, FEA, Rendering, and Document Management software. Professional alternative to SolidWorks, Inventor, Pro/ENGINEER, and AutoCAD.
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      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Windows
      DoubleCAD XT is an free AutoCAD LT work-alike.
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    4. ActCAD is a 2D Drafting and 3D Modeling CAD software meant for Engineers, Architects, and other technical consultants. ActCAD is a native DWG & DXF CAD software to create and edit drawings.
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    5. Archimedes is a free and open source CAD (Computer Aided Design) software. It is a robust system built over Eclipse’s Rich Client Java Platform fully based on plug ins.

      Discontinued

      The project seems no longer developed. Last version, 0.66, released in June 2012, can be still downloaded from SourceForge.

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      • Free PersonalProprietary
      • Windows
      MEDUSA4: The comprehensive 2D/3D design automation suite for mechanical, plant, construction and automotive engineering The Fourth Generation of the globally renowned MEDUSA mechanical design software suite offers advanced design automation within a highly flexible systems...
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      • Mac
      • Windows
      Graphite is an easy to use precision 2D/3D CAD software for product design and development. Formerly known as Vellum, Graphite offers extremely powerful, precision wire-frame drafting with the elegant ease-of-use that makes it productive even when only used occasionally.
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      • Free PersonalProprietary
      • Online
      Create online assembly and service instructions from your CAD data. The world is in 3D, so it makes sense your instructions are too.
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    6. A traditional CAD software with added functionality to automate some features. Automatic insertion of walls, room formation at closing of walls, automatic lists, DWG, IFC, 3D, collision analysis, merging, automatic cross section and much more.
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