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CAD & Linux: The LUnIx Linux CAD Links

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Here we put together links to the homepages of CAD software for Linux. This is only a list of products for Linux. We have not tested or even installed all programs. We don't recommend any of these programs. If you want to be sure wether a program fits your purposes try GPL'ed packages or commercial software providing Test versions or evaluation copies. Those projects seem to be more reliable ones and customers are safe from rip-off.

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  Description License Type: Source Code: Binary Packages
-> ADINA is a program for FEA (Finite Element Analyses) including an object modeler. Commercial No  
-> ARES Commander is an AutoCAD® clone supporting Windows®, Mac® OSX and Linux®. Linux version currently in Beta state. Commercial, free Beta No  
-> ARCAD 3D is a powerful CAAD program focused on 3D. It has photo-realistic rendering, support for VRML. There are german and english versions. Currently polish, french and spanish versions are in stage of development. Modifications for adapting to any other language can be easily accomplished by anyone. Commercial and Educational No SuSE, RPM, Others
-> BlenderCAD is a Blender script created with the aim of expand the functionality of Blender, so that it could be used for CAD. More info on the release of BlenderCAD and the Blender discussion forum. Visit the BlenderCAD project page for download, etc. GPL Yes  
-> BRL-CAD In 1979, the U.S. Army Ballistic Research Laboratory (BRL) expressed a need for tools that could assist with the computer simulation and engineering analysis of combat vehicle systems and environments. BRL software developers began assembling a suite of utilities capable of interactively displaying, editing, and interrogating geometric models. This suite became known as BRL-CAD. GPL Yes  
-> Bricscad Bricscad, the number one DWG CAD alternative, is finally available as a native Linux version. It is the most advanced CAD platform available for Linux. It provides the engineering community an open door to Linux. German home page. Commercial (Free 30-days trial) No RPM, DEB, TGZ
-> CADEMIA is a modern full features cad system for creating true to size technical documents and drawings. This Open-Source Software for geometric oriented applications for Architecture is defined as integrating platform and is extensible by Java Plugins. Commercial (Test version available) No JAR, JNLP
-> CAM Expert is a CAD/CAM System for engraving and LASER cutting. The ability to import/export DXF files makes CAM Expert to a powerful interface between any CAD system and your computer controlled machine. Commercial No  
-> CollabCAD is a Java 2 based distributed 2D&3D CAD/CAM and CAE software system being developed by the Computer Aided Design Group of National Informatics Centre, t he IT Support professionals from India. proprietary, beta is free No  
-> CYCAS is an architectural CAD software for drafting and design in 2 + 3 dimensions. Commercial, limited free version No DEB, RPM
-> Dr. Geo is a software to design & manipulate interactive geometric sketches. It helps kids to explore geometry. Distributed with its source code it is modify-me-ready. GPL, MIT Yes ZIP
-> DraftSight is a professional-grade 2D design and drafting solution that lets you create, edit, view and markup any kind of 2D drawing. It has a familiar user interface and a minimal learning curve that facilitates an easy transition from your current CAD application. Comercial, 30-days free trial No DEB, RPM
-> EAGLE is an acronym, which stands for Easily Applicable Graphical Layout Editor. EAGLE's easy-to-use schematic editor allows you to create an easy-to-read representation of your electronics design with zero complexity. Powerful schematic capture, a clean, consistent user interface and zero fluff make EAGLE the tool of choice for makers, hackers and professionals alike. The German version of the Einfach Anzuwendender Graphischer Layout Editor can be found here. Commercial, free Express and Educational license No RUN (Installer)
-> EasyEDA Free web-based EDA toolsuite with schematic capture, mixed-mode ngspice simulator and PCB design. Import from Altium, Eagle, Kicad and LTspice. Cloud storage with JSON open file format local storage/editing options. Export to Altium, FreePCB, PADS and spice netlists plus PDF, PNG and SVG formats for documentation. More private projects can be earned by contributing high quality projects, schematic symbols and PCB footprints. Free with subscription option for more private projects and faster support turnaround. No Web based: runs in browser. Cross-platform, no installation.
-> Fandango Scripted 3D CAD engine. Fandango, formerly and internally know as elcad. It is a python scripted 3d CAD application; the core is programmed on C++, and interface functions are exported to python to be used as building blocks for new commands. GPL Yes DEB
-> Fritzing is an open-source hardware initiative that makes electronics accessible as a creative material for anyone. We offer a software tool, a community website and services in the spirit of Processing and Arduino, fostering a creative ecosystem that allows users to document their prototypes, share them with others, teach electronics in a classroom, and layout and manufacture professional PCBs. Creative Commons Attribution-ShareALike 3.0 Unported. Yes DEB, RPM, DMG, AppImage
-> gCAD3D powerfull 3D - CADCAM - software for Linux with many interfaces (IGES, STEP, DXF, VRLM, etc.) Freeware Yes TGZ
-> gEDA The gEDA project has produced and continues working on a full GPL'd suite and toolkit of Electronic Design Automation tools. These tools are used for electrical circuit design, schematic capture, simulation, prototyping and production. GPL Yes DEB, RPM, FINK
-> GNU CAD CAM The Linux/GNU CAD CAM Project is currently in design stage. There are many different schools of thought concerning design methodology, with each school of thought having strengths and weaknesses. There are basically two extremes in software projects. GPL Not yet  
-> GtkCAD aims at developing a modular, full featured, modern CAD/CAE/CAM system for GNU/Linux. It will take advantage of parallel processing as appropiate. It will depend on the free software libraries GTK+,and Mesa3D. In stage of planning GPL Not yet  
-> HeeksCAD HeeksCAD is a free, open source, 3D CAD application with extensive CAM features. See also HeeksCNC. New BSD License Yes  
-> ICAADS CAD Systems a set of high-end software for CAD and AEC applications. Commercial No  
-> JCad is a smart 2D CAD application written completely in Java. It uses the AutoCAD DXF, which is the most widely-used 2D CAD format, as its native format. GPL Yes jar
-> KediCAD KediCAD is a CAD software for Linux. Engeering calcs, standart parts, etc. It is developed on GAMBAS3, so you need to install Gambas3 (GPL). Free for Non-Commercial Use No gambas
-> KiCAD EDA is a Cross Platform and Open Source Electronics Design Automation Suite consiting of Schematic Capture, PCB Layout and 3D Viewer. GPL Yes  
-> LeoCAD is a CAD application that uses plastic building bricks similar to those found in many toys. This is the Linux port of the original MS Windows version, it uses OpenGL for the graphics and allows the creation of very large/complex models with a library of over 1300 different parts. GPL Yes  
-> LibreCAD is a 2D CAD drawing tool based on the community edition of QCAD. LibreCAD has been re-structured and ported to qt4 and works natively cross platform between OSX, Windows and Linux. GPL Yes  
-> lignumCAD will be a parametric solid modeling tool oriented towards the design of furniture. Development Status: Planning GPL Not yet  
-> Medusa4 is a modern multi-platform-ready design automation, state-of-the art design tools, 2D to 3D and concurrent engineering capabilities. Free Medusa 4 Personal version with (renewable) 6-months node-locked license. Commercial, Free Personal version No  
-> Piglet is a 2-D engineering drawing editor that supports hierarchical object description. It is inspired by Hewlett-Packard's proprietary HP PIGLET (Personal Interactive Graphic Layout EdiTor). GPL Yes  
-> PythonCAD is a CAD package written in Python. The PythonCAD project aims to produce a scriptable, open-source, easy to use CAD package for Linux. GPL Yes  
-> QCAD QCAD is a free, open source application for computer aided drafting (CAD) in two dimensions (2D). With QCAD you can create technical drawings such as plans for buildings, interiors, mechanical parts or schematics and diagrams. QCAD works on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. GPL Yes RUN,TGZ
-> Qelectrotech is an application to create primarily, electrical, electronics, automation and control circuits. However, QElectroTech can be exploited to create mechanical objects to illustrate processes, instrumentation drawings among various creative possibilities. QElectroTech is a good professional quality drafting application for various drawings that form a project.
Note: Qelectrotech is not a PCB design package.
-> QS Cad is a pure Tcl/Tk EDA Package. Schematic capture through to PCB layout. Has Part editor as well as editor for Schematic and PCB Decals. Development Status: Beta GPL Yes  
-> rattleCAD supports bespoked bicycle frame builders with a fully parametric bicycle model inside. Based on this refinement rattleCAD creates workshop drawings including the main miters of round tubes and settings for different frame jigs. rattleCAD also provides a set of components to build a bicycle mockup and supports different export formats to print and reuse all drawings generated inside rattleCAD. Commercial, limited free version Yes  
-> SagCAD aims to be an easy to use 2D CAD/CAM System with .dxf import/export, Ellipse, Polyline, SPLINE, BSPLINE, possibility to glue external programs via shell commands, CAM module (generation of ISO NC-Data), import of NC files etc. Status: Beta GPL Yes RPM
-> Sailcut CAD is a sail design and plotting software. It allows you to design and visualise your own sail and compute the accurate development of all panels in flat sheets. GPL Yes DEB
-> SynDEx is a system level CAD software, supporting the "Algorithm Architecture Adequation" (AAA) methodology, for rapid prototyping and optimizing the implementation of real-time embedded applications on multicomponent architectures. free for personal use No  
-> Synergy Weber Systems, Inc. announced recently that its Synergy CAD/CAM software is now available for the Linux O/S. Commercial Commercial, Free 30 day trial No DEB, RPM, TGZ
-> ThanCAD is a 2dimensional cad, with raster inclusion capability and emphasis in engineering. It is being written in Python and since it uses the wxPython library, it will hopefully be platform independent! It will also be easy to translate it to various languages. ThanCad is still in very early state. GPL Yes  
-> VariCAD a professional mechanical engineering CAD system. It includes functions for 3D modeling, 2D drawing, editing, transformations, working with user defined objects, block, group and symbol creating capabilities. The whole system is very customizable and widely open. Free VariCAD Viewer is available. Take a look at our VariCAD section! Commercial, Free trial version No DEB, RPM
-> XTrackCAD is a computer aided layout design program for model railroaders layouts. Commercial, Free trial version No  


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