Comparison of CAD, CAM and CAE file viewers

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Computer aided design (CAD), Computer-aided engineering (CAE) and Computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software produces files in a large variety of formats many of which are extremely complex and poorly supported by other applications. This article gives an overview of the available software suitable for viewing these files so they can be shared with people who do not have the application which produced the file.

Comparison of CAD/CAM/CAE file viewers[edit]

Software which has not been added to this table can be seen on the discussion page.

Application Latest stable release Developer 3D support? Runs on POSIX style systems? Runs on Windows? Other platforms? Open source? User Interface Language(s) Supported format(s)
3DView 0.1.10 Dmitry Trofimov Yes Yes(Linux) Yes Yes(OS X, Chrome OS) No (Free) EN STL, OBJ, PLY, Collada, CTM, VTK
EethalView 1.0 Eethal Inc. Yes No Yes No No (Free download) EN Nastran OP2, STL
DDS-CAD Viewer 6.5 Data Design System ASA Yes No Yes No No (Free download) EN IFC, DXF, DWG, CFI, VEC
DXF Viewer V 2.13.15 (04/2013)[1] DXF Viewer Yes Yes(Java) Yes(Java) Yes (Linux, MacOS, browser applet) No[2] EN, DE[citation needed] DXF
DWGSee 3.46 AutoDWG Yes No Yes Android No(Free download) EN DXF, DWG, DWF
Caddie 14 Advanced Computer Solutions Yes No Yes ? No(Free download) EN DXF, DWG, DRW
CaniVIZ 1.1.5 Andéor Yes Yes Yes OS X, Web browser No ZH, DE, EN, FR, IT, JA, ES CATIA, DXF, DWG, STL, Solidworks, Inventor, Parasolid, ProE, SolidEdge, Wavefront OBJ, 3DS, STEP, IGES
Drawing Express 2018 Trial Systems Ltd Yes No Yes Yes OS X (By use of Parallels Desktop, VMware Fusion or Bootcamp) No EN EXP, DWG, DXF
eBrowser 6.1.4 Cadmatic Oy Yes[3] Yes Yes Yes (Linux, MacOS, browser applet) No(Free download) EN CADMATIC and NUPAS-CADMATIC eBrowser model .ebm
IRONCAD COMPOSE 2012 IronCAD LLC Yes[4] No Yes No No(Free download, import of some file formats require purchase of a separate translator) EN IRONCAD Scene, IRONCAD Drawing, INOVATE Scene, DWG, DXF, IGES, STEP, VRML, Wavefront OBJ, TrueSpace, STL, Parasolid, SolidWorks, Pro/E, Catia V4, Catia V5, UGS, Inventor[5]
MyCadbox 1.2 CadFaster Yes No Yes Yes iOS No (Free download) EN STEP, IGES
progeCAD Viewer DWG (based on IntelliCAD) (incomplete entry) 2009 progeCAD No No Yes No No EN DWG, DXF
VariCAD Viewer 2014 v2 VariCAD Yes YesLinux Yes Yes No EN, DE, JP, PT, CN DWG (2D), DXF (2D), STEP (3D)[6]
Bentley View 08.11 (v8i) Bentley Systems Yes Yes Yes No No (Free download) EN DGN, DWG, DXF
Teigha Viewer 3.9.0 (06/2013) Open Design Alliance Yes Yes Yes Yes No (Free download) EN DGN, DWG, DXF
WorkXPlore 3D 1.7 (2009) Sescoi Yes No Yes No No(Free download) EN, FR, DE, ES, IT, JP, CN DWG, DXF, IGES, STEP, STL, UNISURF, 3D WorkNC, XDW, Parasolid, SolidWorks, Pro/E, Catia V4, Catia V5, UGS, ISO toolpaths, CADDS, Solid Edge[7]
Glovius for Desktop 1.4 (2012 ) Geometric Limited Yes No Yes No No EN JT, Pro/E, Catia V5, Solidworks, STEP, IGES, Inventor, NX
LibreCAD 1.0.2 (05/2012)[8] LibreCAD No Yes Yes Yes Yes (GPLv2) CN, EN, ES, FR, DE, HU, IT, JP, RU, other DXF
AIGraph CAD Viewer 2.5.2 AIGraph Software Yes No Yes No No(Free download) EN DXF, DWG, DWF
Etoolbox CAD Viewer 3.9.79 CAD Manufacturing Solutions, Inc. Yes No No No(Free download) EN DXF, DWG, DWF

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