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SOLIDWORKS Alternatives for Mac

SOLIDWORKS is not available for Mac but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on macOS with similar functionality. The best Mac 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 Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to SOLIDWORKS are SketchUp, Autodesk Fusion 360, LibreCAD and Autodesk AutoCAD.

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.
This page was last updated Mar 17, 2022
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  1. FreeCAD is a general purpose parametric 3D CAD modeler. The development is completely Open Source (LGPL License).

    FreeCAD vs SOLIDWORKS opinions
    Most users think FreeCAD is a great alternative to SOLIDWORKS.

    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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    It's free for both personal and commercial use

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  2. SketchUp (formerly Google Sketchup) is a 3D modeling computer program for a wide range of drawing applications such as architectural, interior design, civil and mechanical engineering, film, and video game design—and available in a freeware version, SketchUp Make, and a paid...

    SketchUp vs SOLIDWORKS opinions
    Some users think SketchUp is a great alternative to SOLIDWORKS, some don't.

    It doesn't have the same tools, short-cuts and general software.

    Negative comment almost 3 years ago
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  3. Integrated CAD, CAM, and CAE featuring collaborative editing and cloud-based computation. Free license available for students and hobbyists.

    Autodesk Fusion 360 vs SOLIDWORKS opinions
    Most users think Autodesk Fusion 360 is a great alternative to SOLIDWORKS.

    Easy, great support, many tutorials, mobile showroom app, ezports to every format possible, CAD and CAM (very powerfull)

    Positive comment about 5 years ago
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  4. LibreCAD

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
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    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.

    LibreCAD vs SOLIDWORKS opinions
    Some users think LibreCAD is a great alternative to SOLIDWORKS, some don't.
    Seth

    2D application, not 3D like Solidworks

    Negative comment about 3 years ago
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  5. Autodesk AutoCAD

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad

    AutoCAD is a leading CAD (computer-aided design) software used professionally throughout architectural, electrical, mechanical and other engineering and design industries. It was once available under a perpetual license but is now accessed solely through a subscription.

    Autodesk AutoCAD vs SOLIDWORKS opinions
    Some users think Autodesk AutoCAD is a great alternative to SOLIDWORKS, some don't.
    bobbwwj555

    The Function Differently under the hood.

    Negative comment about 6 years ago
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  6. OpenSCAD

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

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

  7. SolveSpace

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    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.

    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

    Positive comment about 5 years ago
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  8. BRL-CAD

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD

    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...

  9. 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.

    BricsCAD vs SOLIDWORKS opinions
    Some users think BricsCAD is a great alternative to SOLIDWORKS, some don't.

    It is an AutoCAD clone, not SolidWorks.

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  10. Rhino can create, edit, analyze, document, render, animate, and translate NURBS* curves, surfaces, and solids, point clouds, and polygon meshes. There are no limits on complexity, degree, or size beyond those of your hardware.

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