SOLIDWORKS Alternatives for Windows

    There are many alternatives to SOLIDWORKS for Windows if you are looking to replace it. The most popular Windows alternative is Small FreeCAD iconFreeCAD, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to SOLIDWORKS and loads of them are available for Windows so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Windows alternatives to SOLIDWORKS are Small SketchUp iconSketchUp (Freemium), Small Onshape iconOnshape (Free Personal), Small LibreCAD iconLibreCAD (Free, Open Source) and Small Autodesk AutoCAD iconAutodesk AutoCAD (Paid).

    The list of alternatives was last updated Jan 6, 2021

    • FreeCAD is a general purpose parametric 3D CAD modeler. The development is completely Open Source (LGPL License).
      Most users think this is a great alternative to SOLIDWORKS.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      Gu
      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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      Positive comment • more than a year ago • 23 users agree and 16 don't

      Gu
      It's free for both personal and commercial use
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      Positive comment • more than a year ago • 4 users agree

    • 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...
      Some users think this is a great alternative to SOLIDWORKS, some doesn't.
      • Freemium
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Online
      Gu
      It doesn't have the same tools, short-cuts and general software.
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      Negative comment • more than a year ago • 1 users agree



    • Onshape is the first full-cloud 3D CAD system. It runs in a web browser and on any mobile device.
      Most users think this is a great alternative to SOLIDWORKS.
      • Free Personal
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Online
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Android Tablet
      • iPad
      thantik796460
      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.
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      Positive comment • more than a year ago • 0 users agree and 2 don't

      Gu
      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.
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      Positive comment • more than a year ago • 3 users agree and 5 don't

      Gu
      It's free (fully functional) , multiplatform (even on mobiles)
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      Positive comment • more than a year ago • 2 users agree and 10 don't

    • LibreCAD (originally QCad then CADuntu) is an open source 2D CAD application for Windows, Apple and Linux.
      Some users think this is a great alternative to SOLIDWORKS, some doesn't.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • PortableApps.com
      Se
      2D application, not 3D like Solidworks
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      Negative comment • more than a year ago

    • Professional 2D and 3D CAD software with specialized tools for use across design and engineering disciplines.
      Some users think this is a great alternative to SOLIDWORKS, some doesn't.
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Online
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • iPad
      bo
      The Function Differently under the hood.
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      Negative comment • more than a year ago • 0 users agree and 1 doesn't

    • Integrated CAD, CAM, and CAE featuring collaborative editing and cloud-based computation. Free license available for students and hobbyists.
      Most users think this is a great alternative to SOLIDWORKS.
      • Free Personal
      • Mac
      • Windows
      Gu
      Easy, great support, many tutorials, mobile showroom app, ezports to every format possible, CAD and CAM (very powerfull)
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      Positive comment • more than a year ago • 2 users agree and 2 don't

    • Autodesk® Inventor® products offer a comprehensive, flexible set of software for 3D mechanical design, product simulation, tooling creation, and design communication.
      Almost everyone thinks this is a great alternative to SOLIDWORKS.
      • Windows
      Gu
      Autodesk Inventor has a very similar structure to SolidWorks, down to the Design Tree. You can import & export parts easily, perform assembly models, etc. with a very similar structure to SolidWorks; however, it is slightly less user friendly in my opinion. It is also not going to be the best cost-effective solution as Autodesk does not allow for perpetual licenses (meaning, you have to pay every year to use the software). After a couple of years, it's better to just purchase SolidWorks.
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      Positive comment • more than a year ago

      Gu
      You can find almost all features of SolidWorks inthis application. The most exciting feature is that all university students can get it free for 3 years!!!
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      Positive comment • more than a year ago • 1 users agree

    • OpenSCAD is a software for creating solid 3D CAD objects. It is free software and available for Linux/UNIX, MS Windows and MacOS.
      • Free • Open 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.
      Most users think this is a great alternative to SOLIDWORKS.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      sgtdre411830
      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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      Positive comment • more than a year ago • 4 users agree and 2 don't

    • 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.
      Some users think this is a great alternative to SOLIDWORKS, some doesn't.
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      Gu
      It is an AutoCAD clone, not SolidWorks.
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      Negative comment • more than a year ago • 5 users agree