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SOLIDWORKS Alternatives for Linux

SOLIDWORKS is not available for Linux but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on Linux with similar functionality. The best Linux alternative is FreeCAD, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to SOLIDWORKS and many of them are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to SOLIDWORKS are LibreCAD, OpenSCAD, BRL-CAD and SolveSpace.

SOLIDWORKS alternatives are mainly CAD Software but may also be 3D Modelers or Interior Design Apps. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of SOLIDWORKS.
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  1. FreeCAD icon

    FreeCAD

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    101 alternatives to FreeCAD 

    FreeCAD is a general purpose parametric 3D CAD modeler. The development is completely Open Source (LGPL License). FreeCAD is aimed directly at mechanical engineering and product design but also fits in a wider range of uses around engineering, such as architecture or other...

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    1.  Parametric ModelingFreeCAD can change the shape of model geometry as soon as the dimension value is modified.
    2.  Procedural ModelingFreeCAD can create or modify 3D models and textures based on a sequence of rules.
    3.  PortableFreeCAD can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    FreeCAD vs SOLIDWORKS opinions
    Most users think FreeCAD is a great alternative to SOLIDWORKS.
    jrmz

    Unfortunately not usable, after several years of using freecad, I quickly saw its limits. It is not a parametric software, indeed the topological naming problem makes this software fundamentally broken. The realthunder fork fixes some of these problems. fork or not, some advanced actions are still impossible and the different workbench are too isolated, some objects created with a workbench can't be modified by another one.

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    Guest

    AS far as I have tried, FreeCAD is the only FOSS alternative to Solidworks/Catia/PTC that has a funtional workflow. It is the best of a poor bunch.

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    Guest

    It's free for both personal and commercial use

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  2. LibreCAD icon

    LibreCAD

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    • PortableApps.com
    111 alternatives to LibreCAD 

    LibreCAD (originally QCad then CADuntu) is an open source 2D CAD application for Windows, Apple and Linux. It is based on Qt, which is a leading cross-platform application and UI development framework.

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    1.  PortableLibreCAD can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    2.  LightweightLibreCAD consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    3.  Support for LayersLibreCAD supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
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    LibreCAD vs SOLIDWORKS opinions
    Some users think LibreCAD is a great alternative to SOLIDWORKS, some don't.
    Seth

    2D application, not 3D like Solidworks

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    OpenSCAD

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    41 alternatives to OpenSCAD 

    OpenSCAD is a software for creating solid 3D CAD objects. It is free software and available for Linux/UNIX, MS Windows and MacOS.

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    Rendering a model
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    BRL-CAD

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    71 alternatives to BRL-CAD 

    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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    PA-63 Extractor
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    SolveSpace

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    68 alternatives to SolveSpace 

    SolveSpace is a parametric 3D CAD program with extrude, revolve, union and difference functions. Save/Export as DXF, PDF, SVG, STL, STEP. Mesh generation expected by most 3d printers. Constraint solver point tracing for motion analysis.

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    1.  PortableSolveSpace can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    2.  Parametric ModelingSolveSpace can change the shape of model geometry as soon as the dimension value is modified.
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    SolveSpace vs SOLIDWORKS opinions
    Most users think SolveSpace is a great alternative to SOLIDWORKS.
    sgtdre

    It shows that it can open .step files and I have a few GrabCad files that I want to check out and see it I can at least save to other file formats, ;ie .dwg

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    BricsCAD

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    86 alternatives to BricsCAD 

    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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    Guest

    It is an AutoCAD clone, not SolidWorks.

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    QCAD

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    72 alternatives to QCAD 

    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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    1.  Support for scriptingQCAD supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
    2.  Parametric ModelingQCAD can change the shape of model geometry as soon as the dimension value is modified.
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    CAD Builder

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    21 alternatives to CAD Builder 

    For more than 20 years being always at the forefront of 3D, Open Cascade has gained considerable expertise in geometric modeling. In order to demonstrate software developing capabilities the company decided to come up with a sample of parametric CAD modeler — CAD Builder.

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    Assetforge

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    126 alternatives to Assetforge 

    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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    VariCAD

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    28 alternatives to VariCAD 

    VariCAD is compact, fast, easy to use, and provides everything necessary for mechanical design. VariCAD is sold "fully loaded", including all features and functions, for one affordable price. The system contains:

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