SolidWorks Alternatives for Mac

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).

The list of alternatives was last updated: 2/27/2019 1:47:00 PM

Alternatives to SolidWorks for Mac with any license

  • 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 engineering specialties. FreeCAD features tools similar to Catia, SolidWorks or Solid Edge, and therefore also falls into the category of MCAD, PLM, CAx and CAE.

    • 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. Guest • Feb 2017 • 16 agrees and 13 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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  • Autodesk AutoCAD

    AutoCAD is a software application for both 2D and 3D computer-aided design (CAD) and drafting — available since 1982 as a desktop application and since 2010 as a mobile web- and cloud-based app, currently marketed as Autocad 360. AutoCAD is used across a range of industries, including architects, project managers and engineers, among other professions. AutoCAD's DWG file format has been widely adopted.

    • The Function Differently under the hood. bobbwwj555Jul 2016 Disagree   Agree

    Commercial $ $ $ Mac Windows Web Android iPhone ... iPad

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  • Onshape

    Onshape is a professional CAD system – Parts, Assemblies, Drawings – with version control and collaboration built in. Each Onshape plan (Free for STUDENTS, Professional & Enterprise) gives you all of the CAD and data management functionality with no time limit. - Onshape is the first full-cloud 3D CAD system. It runs in a web browser and on any mobile device. - Onshape uses cloud-native Documents, not files.

    • Fully cross platform parametric cad solution which runs in the browser. Includes any OS which can run a modern browser, including BSD, Linux, OS X, Android, and more. Not open source. Not free. But some of us need a professional-level solution regardless of those ideals. thantikMay 2019 Disagree   Agree
    • It's free (fully functional) , multiplatform (even on mobiles) Guest • May 2017 • 1 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It's just like Solidworks, near same terminology, icons, placement, etc. Not to mention it's free (for the most basic version) and on the cloud. Guest • Feb 2017 • 2 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Commercial $ $ $ Mac Windows Linux Web Android ... iPhone Android Tablet iPad

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  • Autodesk Fusion 360

    Autodesk Fusion 360 Is an Integrated Form, Function and Fabrication Experience Quickly and easily explore product ideas in Fusion 360. Start by using simple free-form modeling tools to get just the right shape, or take a shortcut and seamlessly pull your existing data into your Fusion 360 project. Engineer and test it for function. Then prepare it for manufacturing by generating tool paths or using the 3D printing utility.

    • Easy, great support, many tutorials, mobile showroom app, ezports to every format possible, CAD and CAM (very powerfull) Guest • Apr 2017 Disagree   Agree

    Free Personal $ $ $ Mac Windows

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  • SolveSpace

    SolveSpace is an Open Source 2D and 3D CAD (computer-aided design) program. It is a constraint-based parametric modeler with simple mechanical simulation capabilities. It is developed by Jonathan Westhues.

    • 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 sgtdreApr 2017 • 2 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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  • DraftSight

    DraftSight is a professional-grade, open 2D CAD product for users who want a better way to read, write and share DWG files. DraftSight is easy to use and is available for professional CAD users, students and educators to download and activate for free.* Based on advanced architecture, DraftSight has a small footprint, should take less than a few minutes to download, and runs on multiple operating systems, including Windows XP®, Windows Vista® and Windows® 7.

    Commercial $ $ $ Mac Windows Linux

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  • 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 robust geometric representation, with more than 20 years of active development.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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  • BricsCAD

    A powerful CAD platform, with features familiar to you from native .dwg applications. BricsCAD® unifies advanced 2D design with the intelligence of 3D direct modeling. For Windows, Linux, and Mac. It supports hundreds of third party applications based on .dwg, from all over the world and all this at a very fair price.

    • It is an AutoCAD clone, not SolidWorks. Guest • Sep 2016 • 3 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

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  • 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. QCad uses the AutoCAD DXF file format internally and to save and import files. AutoCAD DWG support is available as a commercial plugin. QCAD is available in two versions: Community edition and Professional edition. QCAD Community Edition is free and open source.

    Free Personal Mac Windows Linux

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  • COMSOL Multiphysics

    COMSOL Multiphysics is an engineering, design, and finite element analysis software environment for the modeling and simulation of any physics-based system.

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

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  • Assetforge

    Asset Forge allows anyone to create 3D models and 2D sprites using building blocks. Finished assets are compatible with most available game engines. You'll have access to a large library of pre-made blocks, they're each grouped in different categories. You can place an unlimited number of blocks in your creation after which it's possible to export and use in the game engine for your choice.

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

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  • TurboCAD

    TurboCAD is a CAD software suite, with several different feature levels. It is a competitor to the likes of Autodesk's AutoCAD program, and is used by engineers, architects and hobbyists.

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  • 123D

    Autodesk 123D is a suite of hobbyist CAD and modelling tools created by Autodesk. As well as the more basic drawing and modelling capabilities it also has assembly and constraint support and STL export. Available for the software is also a library of ready-made blocks and objects. The 123D suite consists of: 123D Catch, 123D Sculpt, 123D Make, 123D Design, 123D Creature, 123D Circuits.

    • Discontinued Autodesk has discontinued their line of 123d apps.

    Free Personal Mac Windows iPad

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  • Vectorworks

    Vectorworks is a computer-aided design (CAD) software program developed by Nemetschek North America that is used for drafting, technical drawing and 3D modeling. Vectorworks offers 2D, 3D, production management, and presentation capabilities for all phases of the design process.

    Commercial Mac Windows

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  • Cobalt

    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. Cobalt’s flexible 3D modeling matches professional power with speed and ease of use in our unique Organic Workflow design process. Available for both Macintosh and Windows, Cobalt lets creative people work without worrying about their software.

    Commercial Mac Windows

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  • NX

    Siemens NX software is an integrated product design, engineering and manufacturing solution that helps you deliver better products faster and more efficiently.

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

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  • Graphite

    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. Graphite provides an interface that lets creative people get the job done without worrying about how to run their software.

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  • TouchCAD

    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. TouchCAD can be used for a wide range of tasks such as marine design, production of soft material based objects such as tents, blimps, awnings, inflatable objects, reversed engineering where copies of existing objects are being recreated, sheet metal objects, industrial and architectural design, sculptures, etc.

    Commercial Mac Windows

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  • BricsCAD Shape

    BricsCAD Shape lets you create without limits. Sculpt your ideas in solids from the start. It’s the power of free-form modeling with full CAD accuracy.

    Commercial $ $ $ Mac Windows Linux

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  • Punch! ViaCAD Pro

    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. Prototyping with 3D printers | 2D drafting, diagraming and schematic drawings Marketing images for designs with photorealistic rendering Includes 19 file formats to share your designs. Compatible with AutoCAD® 2013 DXF/DWG Includes STL export for 3D Printing

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  • Xenon™

    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. Xenon 3D modeling software offers supreme design flexibility, speed, and ease of use in our unique Organic Workflow™ design process. For both Macintosh and Windows, Xenon lets designers work freely without worrying about how to run their software.

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  • Argon™

    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. Argon offers entry-level 3D modeling without the commitment of high-end professional packages.

    Commercial Mac Windows

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