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 Autodesk AutoCAD iconAutodesk AutoCAD (Paid), Small Onshape iconOnshape (Paid) and Small Autodesk Fusion 360 iconAutodesk Fusion 360 (Free Personal).

Industry leading, 3D computer-aided design and engineering solution. If you're looking for more info about SOLIDWORKS like screenshots, reviews and comments you should visit our info page about it. Below you find the best alternatives.

The list of alternatives was last updated: 11/4/2019 9:19:00 AM

Alternatives to SOLIDWORKS for Windows 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.

    • It's free for both personal and commercial use Guest • Nov 2019 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • 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 • 19 agrees and 14 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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  • SketchUp

    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 version with additional functionality, SketchUp Pro. SketchUp comes with a 3D Gallery that lets you search for models and share yours.

    • It doesn't have the same tools, short-cuts and general software. Guest • Sep 2019 Disagree   Agree

    Freemium $ $ $ Mac Windows Web

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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 • 0 agrees and 1 disagrees 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 • 0 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It's free (fully functional) , multiplatform (even on mobiles) Guest • May 2017 • 1 agrees and 8 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 • 3 agrees and 5 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 • 2 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Personal $ $ $ Mac Windows

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  • Autodesk Inventor

    Autodesk® Inventor® products offer a comprehensive, flexible set of software for 3D mechanical design, product simulation, tooling creation, and design communication. Inventor takes you beyond 3D to Digital Prototyping by enabling you to design, visualize, and simulate your products. Design—Integrate all design data into a single digital model. Visualize—Create a virtual representation of your final product to market it before it’s built.

    • 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. Guest • Jan 2019 Disagree   Agree
    • 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!!! Guest • May 2017 Disagree   Agree

    Commercial $ $ $ 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 • 4 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 $ $ $ Windows

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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

    BricsCAD the first all-in-one CAD design solution in .dwg that answers all your needs; 2D drafting, 3D modeling, mechanical design, and BIM. The BricsCAD® family of products brings a cost-effective, multi-platform CAD solution to Windows, macOS, and Linux. BricsCAD is available as a permanent/perpetual license & subscription license, for networked or stand-alone computers. You can also add All-In Maintenance for ease of keeping up-to-date.

    • It is an AutoCAD clone, not SolidWorks. Guest • Sep 2016 • 4 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

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