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Siemens PLM Software releases NX for Mac

Solid modeling software. Macintosh OS X, Linux, UNIX, and Windows.

http://www.plm.automation.siemens.com/en_us/

TurboCAD Mac Pro

2D 3D CAD software. Macintosh OS X only, other versions for Windows.

https://www.turbocad.com/turbocad-mac/turbocad-mac-pro-v9.html

BRL-CAD

Constructive solid geometry solid modeling system that includes an interactive geometry editor, ray-tracing for rendering & geometric analyses. Macintosh OS X, Linux, UNIX, and Windows.

http://sourceforge.net/projects/brlcad/

LibreCAD (CADuntu)

2D CAD software. Still in beta. Macintosh OS X, Linux, and Windows.

http://sourceforge.net/projects/librecad/

Cenon

2D CAD software. Gerber import feature works with version 3.9.3 and later. Free, source available. Macintosh OS X, Linux, UNIX.

http://www.cenon.info/

WireFusion

Demicron® provides an interactive 3D technology for Internet Marketing and Product Visualizations.  Macintosh OS X, Linux, and Windows.

http://www.demicron.com/

PowerCADD

2D & 3D CAD software.  Macintosh OS X.

http://www.engsw.com/

Ashlar-Vellum

2D & 3D CAD software.  Macintosh OS X.

http://www.ashlar.com/

eDrawings by SolidWorks

SolidWorks viewer. Macintosh OS X and Windows.

http://www.edrawingsviewer.com/ed/download.htm

Optional Publisher plug-ins for other CAD programs:

http://www.edrawingsviewer.com/ed/edrawings-publisher.htm

MacDraft Pro

2D Drafting software.  Macintosh OS X.

http://www.microspot.com/products/index.htm

Cademia

2D CAD software with macros. Import & Export of DXF. Free. Macintosh OS X.

http://www.cademia.de/frontend/index.php?sub=30

DraftSight

Dassault Systemes’ 2D CAD software. Free. Macintosh OS X, Linux, and Windows.

http://www.3ds.com/products/draftsight/download-draftsight/

QCAD

2D Drafting software. Supports DXF R12 and DXF 200x (reading / writing), BMP, JPEG, PNG (import and export as bitmaps), SVG (export), PDF.  Macintosh OS X, Linux, UNIX, and Windows.

http://www.ribbonsoft.com/en/

RealCADD

A 2D Computer Assisted Drawing program.  Macintosh OS X, Linux, and Windows.

http://www.adx-online.com/realcadd/realcadd.htm

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AutoCAD® for the Mac

Robust 3D free-form design tools and powerful drafting capabilities to the Mac. It takes full advantage of the Mac OS® X platform, with an intuitive, graphical user interface. Macintosh OS X.

http://usa.autodesk.com/autocad/

Front Panel Designer

Front Panel Designer is a tool that lets you design, order, and customize your panels and enclosures exactly to your specifications.  Macintosh OS X, Linux, and Windows.

www.frontpanelexpress.com/

Modo

3D modeling, painting and rendering in a single integrated and accelerated package. End-to-end solution that includes true 3D sculpting tools, animation and network rendering. Macintosh OS X and Windows.

http://www.thefoundry.co.uk/products/modo/

Ginzburg-Landau software

Ginzburg-Landau (GL) Theory is a conceptual bridge between microscopic models & observed macroscopic phenomena. At its most basic level, it models the domain structure of a material, based on an order parameter..  Macintosh OS X and Linux.

http://sites.google.com/site/materialssimulation/home

CADintosh

2D CAD software. Support for DXF, HPGL, IGES and PICT (version 6) or PDF (version 7).  Macintosh OS X.

http://www.lemkesoft.de/en/products/cadintosh/

jDraft

Easy to use Java based 2D CAD program.  Macintosh OS X, Linux, and Windows.

http://www.sparetimelabs.com/jdraft/index.html

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ARES Commander Edition

DWG 2010 and DXF support, ACIS 3D Solid Modeler, 3D modeling, and fully programmable. Support for DWG and Bentley® DGN files. Create 3D objects using the tightly integrated ACIS® 3D Solid Modeler. Macintosh OS X, Linux, and Windows.

http://www.graebert.com/en/cad/ares/103

Shark FX from Punch!

The Shark modeling application is focused on conceptual and preliminary design and high quality rendering. Macintosh OS X and Windows.

http://www.punchcad.com/p-29-shark-fx-v9.aspx

ViaCAD Pro from Punch!

Photorealistic Rendering with drag and drop materials, textures, and decals onto parts. Calculate precise volumes, weights, interferences, centers of gravity, moments of inertia, and more. Macintosh OS X and Windows.

http://www.punchcad.com/p-26-punch-viacad-pro-v9.aspx

Argon by Ashlar-Vellum

Quality entry level 2D & 3D CAD software. Solid Modeling, Surface Analysis, Photo-realistic Rendering, 2D Drawing Snapshots, Associative Dimensioning.  Macintosh OS X and Windows.

http://www.ashlar.com/

Rhino

New to Mac OS X. Start with a sketch, drawing, physical model and Rhino provides the tools to accurately model and document your designs ready for rendering, animation, drafting, engineering, analysis, and manufacturing or construction. There is also a iOS viewer for iPhone and iPad. Macintosh OS X and Windows.

http://mac.rhino3d.com/

KeyShot

Takes your 3D data and does rendering and animation for presentations, digital prototyping. Macintosh OS X and Windows.

http://www.keyshot.com/

SimLab

SimLab Composer provides users with all the needed tools to build 3D senses from existing models.  Macintosh OS X and Windows.

http://www.simlab-soft.com/3d-products/simlab-composer-main.aspx

AutoCAD LT for the Mac

2D free-form design tools and powerful drafting capabilities to the Mac. It takes full advantage of the Mac OS® X platform, with an intuitive, graphical user interface. Macintosh OS X.

http://usa.autodesk.com/autocad/

VisualFEA

Includes mesh generation, Analysis, and post processing. Macintosh OS X, and Windows.

http://www.visualfea.com/products.htm

Load Design

Interactive FEA. Free (until 9/30/2013). Macintosh OS X only.

http://www.load-design.com/en/overview.html

OOF2 from NIST

Interactive FEA. Free (until 9/30/2013). Macintosh OS X, UNIX, Linux, and Windows.

http://www.ctcms.nist.gov/oof/oof2/index.html#download

OS X installation notes:

http://www.ctcms.nist.gov/oof/oof2/prerequisites.html#macosx

FEAP

Free. FEAP is a general purpose finite element analysis program. Macintosh OS X, UNIX, Linux, and Windows.

http://www.ce.berkeley.edu/projects/feap/

FreeCAD

Open source. FreeCAD is a general purpose feature-based, parametric 3D modeler for CAD, MCAD, CAx, CAE and PLM, aimed directly at mechanical engineering and product design but also fits a wider range of uses in engineering, such as architecture or other engineering specialties. It is 100% Open Source and extremely modular, allowing for very advanced extension and customization. Supports file formats such as STEP, IGES, STL, SVG, DXF, OBJ, IFC, DAE and others. Macintosh OS X, UNIX, Linux, and Windows.

http://www.freecadweb.org/

Software:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/free-cad/

DeltaCad Professional

DeltaCad® is a powerful, easy to learn CAD program. It can produce accurately scaled architectural or mechanical drawings, or just draw pictures. Reads and writes DWG files. Has a calendar macro. Macintosh OS X, UNIX, Linux, and Windows.

Go to the Mac App Store

iCADMac

iCADMac is a complete DWG CAD package offering a wide array of features and tools for 2D design and 3D modeling, a familiar interface, and compatibility with the design format most widely used throughout  the world. Macintosh OS X.

http://www.icadmac.com/

CorelCAD

Work with and save files in .DWG for easy collaboration. Features like VoiceNotes, 2D and 3D support. File formats, including PDF, SVG, DWF and CorelDRAW .CDR and Corel DESIGNER .DES. Macintosh OS X and Windows.

http://www.coreldraw.com/us/product/cad-software/?hptrack=mmptr&_ga=1.32825278.183669304.1432900942

Software for 3D Printers

OpenSCAD

Software for creating solid 3D CAD models. OpenSCAD provides two main modelling techniques: First there is constructive solid geometry (aka CSG) and second there is extrusion of 2D outlines. As data exchange format for this 2D outlines, Autocad DXF files are used. In addition to 2D paths for extrusion it is also possible to read design parameters from DXF files. Macintosh OS X, UNIX, Linux, and Windows.

http://www.openscad.org/downloads.html

BUCCANEER

Hardware and software for 3D printing. Macintosh OS X and Windows.

http://pirate3d.com/

Kickstarter Link:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/pirate3d/the-buccaneer-the-3d-printer-that-everyone-can-use

UP Visual 3D Printer software

Software for 3D Printing Systems printers. Macintosh OS X and Windows.

http://3dprintingsystems.com/products/software/up-visual-3d-printer-software/

Pleasant3D

Free suite of tools for printing STL files on a MakerBot. Visualize and simple edits on STL and GCode files. Convert STL files from their ASCII version to their binary version. Macintosh OSX only.

http://www.pleasantsoftware.com/developer/pleasant3d/index.shtml

Source:

https://github.com/zaggo/Pleasant3D

SketchUp / SketchUp Pro

Free/$590. CAD software with a focus on ease of use. Favorite of many Makers. Macintosh OS X and Windows.

http://www.sketchup.com/

Some useful extensions:

http://extensions.sketchup.com/en/search/site/?f[0]=im_field_ext_category%3A26

SimLab

SimLab Composer provides users with tools to build 3D senses from existing models. Has tools for snap to object and snap to ground to make building 3D scenes intuitive. SimLab Composer maintains the assembly structure of imported 3D models. Imports and exports many formats. Macintosh OS X and Windows.

http://www.simlab-soft.com/3d-products/simlab-composer-main.aspx

WINGS 3D

Free. Wings 3D is an subdivision modeler. Includes a wide range of modeling tools, a customizable interface, support for lights and materials, and a built-in AutoUV mapping facility. There is no support in Wings for animation. Macintosh OS X, UNIX, Linux, and Windows.

http://www.wings3d.com/

ZBrush

Digital sculpting and painting program. Macintosh OS X and Windows.

http://pixologic.com/

Comparison of 3D computer graphics software

Wikipedia has a good list of software with OS support included.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_3D_computer_graphics_software

Comparison of computer-aided design editors

Wikipedia has a good list of software with OS support included.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_CAD_software

Verto Studio 3D

3D modeling program for Mac, iPad, and iPhone with a full set of features. Imports 38 different file formats and exports Collada/dae, STL, PLY, and OBJ formats. Macintosh OS X and iOS.

Available from the Mac App Store.

http://www.vertostudio.com/mac/

AutoQ3D

2D & 3D CAD package. Macintosh OS X, iOS (iPhone & iPad), Linux, Android, and Windows.

http://www.autoq3d.com/

Evolve  

Evolve provides organic surface modeling and parametric control, with NURBS-based surfaces and solids and a unique ConstructionTree history feature. It frees designers from the constraints of engineering-oriented CAD tools, while allowing the export of digital models required by others in the product development process. Macintosh OS X and Windows.

http://www.solidthinking.com/ProductOverview.aspx?item=Evolve%20Overview&category=Products

Autodesk Fusion 360

Start your designs by using simple 2D sketch tools. Control sketches with dimensions. Create 2D layouts from which you can create multiple shapes fast. Push – pull and edit your way to your final desired result. Direct modeling means you can focus on your design task and not on complex modeling commands and dialogs. Autodesk Inventor Fusion technology is a history free 3D design tool. Full screen support. Free from the App Store. Macintosh OS X only.

http://forums.autodesk.com/t5/design-differently/the-next-generation-of-design-and-engineering-software-has/ba-p/4450375

AutoCAD LT 2014 for Mac  

2D 3D CAD software. Macintosh OS X only, other versions for Windows.

http://www.autodesk.com/products/autodesk-autocad-lt/overview

Version comparison:

http://www.autodesk.com/products/autodesk-autocad-lt/compare/compare-platforms

123D Design

Free 3D design tool from Autodesk. Macintosh OS X, iOS, and Windows.

http://www.123dapp.com/

STEP Viewer 3D

STEP file (ISO10303) viewer. Macintosh OS X only.

http://www.ida-step.net/download

Illuminando

A CAD program specialized to perform lighting calculations using 3D interactive tools that allow it to obtain a simple and effective results. Macintosh OS X only.

http://www.brotens.com/osx/illuminando/

Warp3D

Open Source Static and Dynamic Nonlinear Analysis of Solids. Macintosh OS X, Linux, and Windows.

https://code.google.com/p/warp3d/

Interstudio CAD data converter

CAD data format converter. Macintosh OS X and Windows.

http://en.interstudio.net/cadfileconvertereng.html

G-Code Software

Universal G-Code Sender

Includes G-code downloader and manual control. Make sure you see the note about setting up the

/var/lock folder. Java based. Macintosh OS X, Linux, and Windows.

https://github.com/winder/Universal-G-Code-Sender

Setting up GRBL With a Mac

Instructions for installing GRBL from a Mac to an Arduino. Both building from source and downloading pre-compiled hex file are shown. Macintosh OS X, Linux, and Windows.

https://github.com/grbl/grbl/wiki/Flashing-Grbl-to-an-Arduino

Downloading GRBL With a Mac

Application for downloading GRBL to an Arduino. Macintosh OS X only.

http://paulkaplan.me/HexUploader/

GRBL Home Page

http://bengler.no/grbl

CNC Software

RiceCNC

CNC project with software. Macintosh OS X only.

http://www.ricecnc.com/RiceCNC/Welcome.html

Other Sources of Information

Pure Mac CAD Software List

http://www.pure-mac.com/cad.html

EasyDNC

A DNC program specifically designed for uploading, downloading and dripfeeding of programs to and from CNC machines. Macintosh OS X and Windows.

http://www.easydnc.com/osx/index.html

HighDesign

2D design. Supports Nested symbols, snap features, DWG/DXF compatibility. Macintosh OS X only.

http://www.ilexsoft.com/

Springulator

Spring calculator for compression, extension, and torsion springs. Web based and iOS (iPhone & iPad).

http://www.autoq3d.com/

Pipe flow calculator

Sixteen pipe flow calculators in one Java application. Macintosh OS X, Linux, and Windows.

http://www.pipeflowcalculations.com/airflow/

Space Mouse

Mouse for 3D world. Macintosh OS X, Linux, and Windows.

http://www.3dconnexion.com/

MeshCAM

Generates G-Codes from DXF, STL, JPG, BMP, or PNG. Toolpath options include Parallel Roughing (planar and 3D), Contour Offset Roughing (Planar and 3D), Parallel Finishing ( X or Y direction), Waterline Finishing, and Pencil Finishing. Macintosh OS X and Windows.

https://www.grzsoftware.com/

Web Calculators

GrabCAD

Large library of community supplied CAD data.

https://grabcad.com/library