BRL CAD – AutoCAD Alternative

BRL CAD is a free and Open source CAD software.

This solid modeling system includes features like:

  • A system performance analysis benchmark suite
  • High-performance ray-tracing for rendering interactive geometry editing
  • A libraries for robust geometric representation
  • High performance for geometric analysis
  • Image and signal-processing tools

The community formed around this free CAD software are permanently working on improving its capabilities.

This piece of software is used for industrial applications including the design and analysis of cars, the design of mechanical parts, and is even used in architecture.

In my opinion, this is a relatively not a good option for absolute beginners but offers some features rarely offered by free software.

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You can learn more about the software on brlcad.org where a free downloadable version is awaiting you.

Our List of AutoCAD Alternatives below.

Software
Name
Platform2D3DFree of charge?Comments
LibreCAD – AutoCAD alternativeWindows
Mac
Linux
YesNoYesOpen source software.
FreeCAD – AutoCAD alternativeWindows
Mac
Linux
YesYesYesParametric 3D modeling software. Open source. Nice option for beginners
NanoCAD – AutoCAD AlternativeWindowsYesYesYesSupport dwg files. Online support available for users
BRL CAD – AutoCAD AlternativeWindows
Mac
Linux
YesYesYesFree and open source advance modeling software
Draftsight - AutoCAD AlternativeWindows
Mac
Linux
YesYesYesNice option for CAD beginners. AutoCAD free look alike CAD software. limited 3D capability
DoubleCAD XT – AutoCAD AlternativeWindowsYesNoYesAutoCAD LT Free alternative. Support only 2D. Advanced version supporting 3D for sale
BricsCAD – AutoCAD alternativeWindows
Linux
YesYesNoAdvance CAD software. Cheap alternative to AutoCAD for small businesses
OpenSCAD – AutoCAD AlternativeWindows
Mac
Linux
YesYesYesGood free AutoCAD alternative for machine part design.
IronCAD – AutoCAD AlternativeWindowsYesYesNoAdvanced 3D modeling CAD software.
ArchiCAD – AutoCAD AlternativeWindows
Mac
YesYesNoCAD software for Architect. Free academic version available
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