FreeCAD – AutoCAD alternative

FreeCAD is another AutoCAD alternative in our list. It is a nice 3D modeling software for beginners.

It gives you the ability to draw 3D object while giving them parameters thus allowing you to easily come back and modify the modeling parameters of your design after creation.

It is a free and open source software.

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FreeCAD works on Windows, Mac and Linux.

FreeCAD reads and writes files as STEP, IGES, OBJ, STL, DXF, SVG, STL, DAE, IFC and more (you can find the full list on freecadweb.org)

Amongst the variety of application you can orientate your learning curve toward, FreeCAD allows you to draw using feature suitable for architecture projects, 2D Sketch projects, Robot simulation projects, Drawing sheets.

You can find tutorials and step by step instructions for beginners, intermediate and Advanced CAD designers on their website.

You can download FreeCAD on freecadweb.org

Below you will find the complete list of our pick for AutoCAD alternatives

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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