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. TouchCAD is a combined 3D modeling and unfolding program focusing on the ability to generate complex 3D shapes, and converting them into models possible to build physically.
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    2. Product and Packaging design | Furniture and cabinet design DIY manufacturing create precision models and export to CNC machines. Use more sophisticated editing to compliment rendering and animation packages.
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      AutoQ3D CAD is a full 2D and 3D CAD application that allows you to create, edit and share your drawings and designs. It is intended for everybody as professionals, sketchers, architects, engineers, designers, students and more.
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    3. SelfCAD is a browser-based 3D CAD/CAM software designed for the 3D printing community. It includes a 30,000+ library of guaranteed printable objects which can be downloaded, modified and printed all from within the SelfCAD suite.
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      Industrial strength, user-friendly 2D/3D CAD package. Specialised Toolkits to enhance your productivity. Control Centre allows easy access to symbols, hatching, text, dimension and line styles. Enhanced bitmap capability can load 300 large images.
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    4. Formerly Vellum Solids, Xenon™ is an associative 3D modeling software for product design and development that's easy to use. It offers history-based wireframe, solid and surface modeling with precision drawings, renderings and animation.
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    5. Argon™ is a CAD and 3D precision modeling software for Mac and Windows. It offers wireframe, solid and surface history-free modeling with precision drawings, photo-realistic renderings and animation.
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    6. MegaCAD 3D is the ideal synthesis of an innovative solid and surface modeling system and a full-feature 2D drafting program.
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    7. Create, edit, view, and print 2D CAD drawings using the file formats: dxf, dwg, shp ;Download-Size only 3.10 MB; language: only english;
    8. Solid Modeling and NURBS Surfaces History Based Modeling Twinsting & Bending Shell/Hollow Parts | Convert 2D Profiles into 3D Texture Library of 1400+ Materials Autogenerate 2D Automatically
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