11 Best Cad Software For Linux

Computer-aided design (CAD) involves the process of using computers to create, modify, analyses, or optimize designs.

The CAD software is used by architects, animators, graphic designers, and engineers to create and perfect their design quality, create a database for maintenance, and improve communication via documentation.

There are several free and paid CAD software to choose from and these days both the free and paid ones have the same features. Thus, the topic of today’s article.

1. FreeCAD

FreeCAD here.

2. LibreCAD

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Its features include high-performance ray-tracing for rendering, interactive geometry editing, network distributed framebuffer support, a graphical user interface with typical toolbar layouts, and scripting support.

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8. Siemens NX (Paid)

Siemens NX is a proprietary flexible and integrative CAD software that aims to speed up the design process while helping its users produce better designs, simulations, engineering models, etc.

It features a tool-set capable of completing tasks for different fields and it offers users several task-specific applications like Catchbook, for example, with in-built tutorials to help users along the way.

Siemens NX is neither free nor open-source.

Siemens NX – Cutting-edge CAD Software

Siemens NX is available to try for 30-days as a free trial here: Download 30-day free trial.

9. DraftSight (Closed Source)

DraftSight is a free proprietary (closed source) CAD application for 2D modeling. It features support for several file formats, an interactive GUI that allows you to customize its usability, blocks, import/export support, G-Code append support, etc.

DraftSight’s Individual version is free but it offers professional and enterprise versions for users and companies who require more functionality.

11 Best CAD Software for Linux

DraftSight – 2D CAD Software

DraftSight is available from Ubuntu repositories and can be installed via the Software Center or with the following command in a terminal:

$ sudo apt-get install draftsight

To install the most recent stable version, download the latest .deb packages for your architecture and install it using the default package manager.

10. QCAD

QCAD is a free multi-platform open-source CAD software created for 2D design and drafting. It specializes in technical drawing plans for buildings, mechanical schematics, etc.

QCAD’s features include layers, block groups, object snaps, measuring tools, printing to scale, TrueType fonts support, 40+ construction tools, 35 CAD fonts, 20+ modification tools, etc.

11 Best CAD Software for Linux

QCAD – A 2D Design and Drafting Software

QCAD is available from Ubuntu repositories and can be installed via the Software Center or with the following command in a terminal:

$ sudo apt-get install qcad

11. VariCAD (Paid)

VariCAD is a freemium multi-platform CAD software for 3D Modelling, Parts & Assemblies, 2D modeling, etc. It contains a CAD viewer, converter and printing software that works with 3D/2D VariCAD, DXF, 2D DWG, and 3D STEP file formats and allows users to convert between several formats with support for batch conversions.

The full version of VariCAD is free to try for 30 days after which the cost is a one-time fee of 699 €. If it is applicable to you, there is a discounted price to 79 € (~$100) for students and universities.

11 Best CAD Software for Linux

VariCAD – 3D / 2D CAD software

Do you use CAD software professionally or for personal purposes? And are there titles that you would have liked to see included in the list? Drop your comments in the section below.

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