Not true: “Linux lacks good 3D CAD software”

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One of the most frustrated Linux users/future users i’ve seen, are those who want to get out of the Windows world and are working in CAD or graphic design, but to be honest, i don’t agree with almost all of them,  and this is why.

Those who say “Linux lacks good CAD software” (3D mechanical CAD in particular) are people who want free/open-source (FOSS) CAD software and the fact they make such a statement is not true when they generalise this.

On Linux you have lots of great 2D CAD software, free/open-source and the best i’ve seen so far is QCAD (the community edition is found on the repos of every distro i think) but i didn’t find a good, fully functional FOSS version of a 3D mechanical CAD software.

Finally DraftSight for Linux is out !!! Hope to find some time to make some absolute beginner tutorials i promised.

But if one can’t find free/open-source 3D mechanical CAD software it is not the end of the world for Linux users, there are always great commercial products. I will mention here VariCAD, a powerful but very affordable 3D mechanical CAD software. Also great products are Siemens NX, Pro/Engineer (thew last supported Linux version is Wildfire 3, Windows users have Wildfire 5)gCAD3d, GraphiteOne, Medusa4 and names like NX and Pro/E are well known in the 3D CAD world. Rabu Gree mentioned Briscad and Ares Commander, both working on Linux, not very expensive but looking very very powerful (This is not a complete list, tell me other names and i’ll update the post).

So to say that “Linux lacks good 3D CAD software” is bad for health, a more like “Linux lacks good free/open-source 3D CAD software” would be a more sane approach.

[EDIT] thanks to Rabu Gree comments below.


5 thoughts on “Not true: “Linux lacks good 3D CAD software”

  1. Hi kaigaraonline,
    I’ve tried these software and as a professional (work with that kind of software all the time) the software you mentioned with enough scale to be used at work are Siemens NX which is very expensive and ProE which the last linux supported version was wildfire 3 version (for windows there is wildfire 5)…

    Qcad is used for 2D cad only and from my point of view this is not very good! Most of drafter working in 2D use Autocad from Autodesk but there are many alternative to autocad which are less expensive (Ares commander for linux, Bricscad for linux, Draftsight for linux). If you try these software you will see that Ares Commander (from Graebert) and Draftsight (from Dassault) are quite similar. They are for the reason that Drafsight is based on Ares Commander… A very important thing to mention about Draftsight is there is a community version which is FREE (not open source)…

  2. Thanks for the reply! Post updated.

    About Siemens NX you are right but hey, who have to money can pay for it ^-^. About Pro/E you are right again, i didn’t check it in depth.

    QCad is very basic and as they say on their website it’s not for the real professionals, it’s “for the rest of us”.

    I didn’t knew about Ares Commander but it looks great.

    About DraftSight, i emailed Dassault, i while back urging them to release the Linux version and volunteering to make some absolute beginner tutorials but i didn’t checked the release of the Linux version (fresh dad here ^-^). I will install it and give it a try and i really have to make time to make those tutorials.

    Now, if you work in this field and use GNU/Linux (or not) please tell us more about what software you use, why do you think those programs are better then the others because we will be very happy to know opinions from a real professional.

    Thank you very much!

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