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

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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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    1. T-FLEX is a Parasolid-based parametric full-function CAD software application for 3D solid modeling and 2D design and drafting, developed and sold by Russia-based software company Top Systems.
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    2. freeCAD is a basic 3D CAD with advanced Motion Simulation capabilities. It is suitable for anyone interested in learning 3D CAD and Motion Simulation for free before using more sophisticated packages.
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      • Mac
      MacDraft Professional, powerful 2D CAD, drafting, technical illustration, architectural drawing and more in one easy-to-use, CAD software package
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    3. Welcome home! Advanced digital takeoff and PDF solution by Precision Plan Pro. All-in-one digital estimation takeoff and plan editing software. Effortlessly trace your plans and then export your data into organized reports. Easily extract dimensions and edit plans.


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      Bentley Architecture is an advanced, yet intuitive and easy-to-use architectural building information modeling (BIM) application that empowers architects and designers to create with unlimited freedom.
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    4. Since 1982, Cimatron® has provided toolmakers with an end-to-end solution for designing and manufacturing tools including molds, dies, and electrodes, as well as programming any CNC and EDM machine for molds, dies, plates, and discrete manufacturing.
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      • Software as a Service (SaaS)
      Customized to the specific building rules of dock building companies, Dock Designer enables visual design in 2D where you can see your dock design in 3D and have instant access to accurate estimates, parts lists, blueprints, and much more.
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    5. ANSYS AIM makes upfront simulation easy by combining intuitive, guided workflows, accurate simulation results and optimization in a complete simulation tool.
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    6. TopSolid is a fully integrated CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design & Computer Aided Manufacturing) software which is developed by the France company Missler Software.
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