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    List of 3D MCAD Software

    A question often asked, "Which software should I use?". Listed are 3D MCAD design softwares. Take your pick...

    FREE:
    123D Design PC Mac
    Openscad PC Mac Linux
    Onshape Online
    FreeCAD PC Mac Linux
    DesignSpark Mechanical PC
    TinkerCAD Online
    BRL-CAD PC Mac Linux Solaris IRIX BSD
    SolveSpace PC Mac Linux
    Creo Elements PC
    Selfcad Online BETA

    PROPRIETRY:
    Fusion 360 PC Mac
    Catia PC
    Creo PC
    NX PC Linux
    Geomagic Design PC
    Solidworks PC
    SolidEdge PC
    Moi3D PC Mac Linux
    Rhinoceros PC Mac
    ZW3D PC
    Top Solid PC
    SolidFace PC
    VariCAD PC Linux
    Autodesk Inventor PC
    Spaceclaim PC
    TurboCAD PC Mac
    Powershape PC
    Kompas-3D
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    Super Moderator curious aardvark's Avatar
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    what's the 'M' stand for ?

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    Mechanical. Differentiates it from graphic design software. Or other 3D modellers that do organic shapes like sculpting software.


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    Btw CA: You might enjoy BRL-CAD. It is also command line based. That's your thing, isn't it?


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    As it is I am currently locked into software but would still like to make the switch to Linux. If/when I do that I will move to a VariCAD/Moi combination.

    Currently the bulk of my work is done with Geomagic Design with a bit of Powershape and Catia.


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    Is there freeware software that works like Solidworks?

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    Super Moderator curious aardvark's Avatar
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    looked at brl-cad a while back - it's totally unusable as well as being horrendous and glacial slow.
    Apart from that - I liked it ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffmorris View Post
    Is there freeware software that works like Solidworks?
    Depends what you mean by 'like Solidworks' but short answer, no. Closest you'll get are direct-editing solid modellers like Creo Elements and Design Spark. 123D is supposedly quite good too. Fully parametric with multiple feature creation tools? No.


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    Many tutorials use Solidworks. I want to do the tutorial on creating a v12 engine shown at https://grabcad.com/questions/tutori...-engine-part-1 but I have Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk Fusion, and Design Spark Mechanical. I tried to download Solidworks demo but they won't send me download the demo.

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    Why do you need Solidworks if you already have Inventor? Just to do the tutorial?


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