The 10 Best Free AutoCAD Alternatives

Until now, it was nearly impossible for architecture professionals and digital designers to escape the grip of Autodesk. Their CAD software developers are the largest in the world, and their 3-D modeling, drafting, and rendering programs are the most popular in the industry.

Despite the fact that alternatives to AutoCAD, Revit, and 3DS Max aren’t going away, there are never been so many free, open-source alternatives that allow small offices and individuals to produce drafting work that lives up to the standards of some of the most expensive software on the market.

SketchUp

The popularity of SketchUp has extended far beyond the architecture, design, construction, and drafting industries, finding its way into the homes of those who could not otherwise afford or use such a program.

You can use it for free, and it’s easy to understand. Though SketchUp has a laundry list of shortcomings when used as a primary drafting tool, it can be used as a temporary stopgap while you save up for a more robust program.

Designers and visualization artists who don’t use SketchUp on a daily basis are missing out on a great idea generator. Concepts can be developed, improved, then shown off to friends, clients, and builders together.

Draft-Sight

If this is your first time drafting 2D models, you could do a lot worse. In other words, this individual, personal version of Draft-Sight will help you overcome your drafting fear by giving you a drafting program similar to AutoCAD. While the program may not include all the bells and whistles you find in the big boys, it will provide you with the tools you need for all of your drafting needs. The program has both an intuitive user interface and a language that is easy to understand, making it a great starter program.

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Published By
Arka Roy
www.sketchup4architect.com

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