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Creo Elements/Direct Drafting Alternatives & Competitors

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Top 20 Alternatives & Competitors to Creo Elements/Direct Drafting

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  1. SOLIDWORKS

    (306)4.4 out of 5
    SOLIDWORKS offers complete 3D software tools that let you create, simulate, publish, and manage your data. SOLIDWORKS products are easy to learn and use, and help you design products better.

    Reviewers say compared to Creo Elements/Direct Drafting, SOLIDWORKS is:

    More usable
    Better at support
    Better at meeting requirements
  2. SOLIDWORKS offers complete 3D software tools that let you create, simulate, publish, and manage your data. SOLIDWORKS products are easy to learn and use, and help you design products better.

    Reviewers say compared to Creo Elements/Direct Drafting, SOLIDWORKS is:

    More usable
    Better at support
    Better at meeting requirements

    SOLIDWORKS review by Hasibul A.
    "Awesome design tool for professional and students: Ease of use, Solidworks is easier to learn and very easy to gain expertise. The tools and templates available within the software is good enough for basic learning. Files can be exported and imported in different formats. This makes the software versatile for usage. Readily available templates and parts help a lot in designing and time savings. Simulation is a great tool for parts design. It has different modules for different types of jobs. These modules make it easier to navigate. The user interface is very friendly and easy to use. Lots of companies use Solidworks for their design needs. So, files can be shared with different clients. "
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  3. Onshape

    (269)4.6 out of 5
    Optimized for quick response
    Onshape is a modern CAD system that eliminates design gridlock and helps engineers do their best work. Onshape unites advanced modeling tools and design data management in a secure cloud workspace that has rapidly become the primary CAD system for thousands of companies worldwide.

    Reviewers say compared to Creo Elements/Direct Drafting, Onshape is:

    Better at support
    More usable
  4. Onshape is a modern CAD system that eliminates design gridlock and helps engineers do their best work. Onshape unites advanced modeling tools and design data management in a secure cloud workspace that has rapidly become the primary CAD system for thousands of companies worldwide.

    Reviewers say compared to Creo Elements/Direct Drafting, Onshape is:

    Better at support
    More usable

    Onshape review by Samuel W.
    "Best parametric CAD software out there. : I have been using parametric CAD software for 15 years. Most of that time has been spent with SolidWorks but I have also used Autodesk Inventor, Fusion 360, and others. While I admit that it took me a month or two to get my head wrapped around the modeling philosophy of Onshape, once I did it was much faster and easier to use than any other CAD software. Some of my favorite features include multi-part files, how mating works in assemblies, the robust version control, detailed document histories, that it can run on my Mac (in the Chrome browser), the amazing mobile application for iOS, and the lower cost. I also very much appreciate the high speed at which the software is being developed. New features are coming out quick and bugs are addressed in days and weeks instead of years. "
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  5. Inventor

    (164)4.2 out of 5
    Optimized for quick response
    Inventor® 3D CAD software offers an easy-to-use set of tools for 3D mechanical design, documentation, and product simulation.

    Reviewers say compared to Creo Elements/Direct Drafting, Inventor is:

    More usable
    Better at support
    Better at meeting requirements
  6. Inventor® 3D CAD software offers an easy-to-use set of tools for 3D mechanical design, documentation, and product simulation.

    Reviewers say compared to Creo Elements/Direct Drafting, Inventor is:

    More usable
    Better at support
    Better at meeting requirements

    Inventor review by Brett H.
    "Like Solidworks but dumber and more limited: Being able to define sheet metal by the final target shape is useful. It's the only feature that I can think of that is more user friendly than Solidworks 2013. "
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  7. Rhinoceros

    (121)4.4 out of 5
    3D NURBS Modeller

    Reviewers say compared to Creo Elements/Direct Drafting, Rhinoceros is:

    More usable
    Better at support
    Better at meeting requirements
  8. 3D NURBS Modeller

    Reviewers say compared to Creo Elements/Direct Drafting, Rhinoceros is:

    More usable
    Better at support
    Better at meeting requirements

    Rhinoceros review by Carlos  P.
    "Versatile 3D Modeling tool, yet there is better software for drafting and documentation: Rhinoceros is one of the most user friendly and powerful software for 3D modeling. The interface is made to make spinning and viewing models as easy and effortless as possible. For 3D models that are dwgs, I always opt to open in Rhinoceros rather than the native AutoCAD software. Furthermore, the ability to integrate parametric modeling and third party plug-ins such as Grasshopper also adds to the versatility and power of using Rhinoceros. There is a large community of users that seem to continuously expand on Rhinocero's features, and thus this makes the software more valuable. "
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  9. CATIA

    (123)4.0 out of 5
    CAD and Product Design.

    Reviewers say compared to Creo Elements/Direct Drafting, CATIA is:

    More expensive
    Better at support
    Better at meeting requirements
  10. CAD and Product Design.

    Reviewers say compared to Creo Elements/Direct Drafting, CATIA is:

    More expensive
    Better at support
    Better at meeting requirements

    CATIA review by Susana R.
    "CATIA Review From a Design Engineering Perspective: As a design engineer, there are two main things I am looking for when dealing with 3D design software: variety of functions it offers and manipulation tools. This is because I have to create many different parts on a daily basis, each of which is manufactured a different way. Therefore, I expect the 3D design software to offer different tools which adapt to the manufacturing process and size and shape of each part. I also look for manipulation tools because, when designing or revising designs, it is fundamental to be able to move the part around easily, visualize different parts, hide and show parts etc. I can confidently say that CATIA V5 is the best design software I have ever used, especially if you want to use it at a professional level. The enormous variety of functions it offers, modules, and also how user friendly it is once you get used to it is really unbeatable."
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  11. Fusion 360

    (108)4.5 out of 5
    Fusion 360 unifies design, engineering, and manufacturing into a single platform.

    Reviewers say compared to Creo Elements/Direct Drafting, Fusion 360 is:

    More usable
    Better at support
    Better at meeting requirements
  12. Fusion 360 unifies design, engineering, and manufacturing into a single platform.

    Reviewers say compared to Creo Elements/Direct Drafting, Fusion 360 is:

    More usable
    Better at support
    Better at meeting requirements

    Fusion 360 review by Jonathan O.
    "Quickest, Easiest Way to Make Anything: My favorite thing about Fusion 360 is how easy it is to go from ignoramus to competent practitioner. Here's a very common statement I frequently hear from customers: although you can go deep into hardcore manufacturing and engineering, with about a week of practice and some YouTube videos, you can be successful to a degree that would take some serious (and expensive) training with other products."
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  13. KeyCreator

    (100)4.5 out of 5
    KeyCreator Direct CAD software allows designers and manufacturers to create and edit designs quickly, regardless of what CAD system created the design or how it was constructed. This saves hours in fixing CAD files.

    Reviewers say compared to Creo Elements/Direct Drafting, KeyCreator is:

    More usable
    Better at support
    Better at meeting requirements
  14. KeyCreator Direct CAD software allows designers and manufacturers to create and edit designs quickly, regardless of what CAD system created the design or how it was constructed. This saves hours in fixing CAD files.

    Reviewers say compared to Creo Elements/Direct Drafting, KeyCreator is:

    More usable
    Better at support
    Better at meeting requirements

    KeyCreator review by Michel B.
    "KeyCreator for Yacht Design: KeyCreator as a yacht design tool offers a perfect blend of both freeform surfacing and mechanical design abilities. I've used this software since its inception over 35 years ago for marine design and everything that goes into making a yacht or boat work. And its never let me down. Its fast and agile software that allows for a very quick and intuitive design process. "
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  15. Creo Parametric

    (74)3.7 out of 5
    Optimized for quick response
    Creo Parametric provides a broad range of powerful yet flexible 3D CAD capabilities to accelerate the product development process.

    Reviewers say compared to Creo Elements/Direct Drafting, Creo Parametric is:

    Better at support
    More expensive
  16. Creo Parametric provides a broad range of powerful yet flexible 3D CAD capabilities to accelerate the product development process.

    Reviewers say compared to Creo Elements/Direct Drafting, Creo Parametric is:

    Better at support
    More expensive

    Creo Parametric review by Isaac C.
    "Fast and Full-featured Parametric Modeling!: My favorite thing about Creo Parametric is the speed at which it handles large assemblies and smoothness of mechanism motions. Large assemblies can be rotated, moved, and operated on systems that are not extremely powerful. Many of our assemblies are 100s of parts and they are never hard to manage in Creo Parametric."
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  17. AutoCAD Mechanical

    (67)4.1 out of 5
    AutoCAD® Mechanical design software is AutoCAD software built for manufacturing. Part of the Digital Prototyping solution, it includes all the functionality of AutoCAD, plus libraries of standards-based parts and tools to help automate common mechanical CAD tasks and accelerate the mechanical design process.

    Reviewers say compared to Creo Elements/Direct Drafting, AutoCAD Mechanical is:

    More usable
    Better at support
    More expensive
  18. AutoCAD® Mechanical design software is AutoCAD software built for manufacturing. Part of the Digital Prototyping solution, it includes all the functionality of AutoCAD, plus libraries of standards-based parts and tools to help automate common mechanical CAD tasks and accelerate the mechanical design process.

    Reviewers say compared to Creo Elements/Direct Drafting, AutoCAD Mechanical is:

    More usable
    Better at support
    More expensive

    AutoCAD Mech review by Mayank C.
    "BESTEST DESIGN WEAPON FOR MECHANICAL WARRIORS: As same as traditional autocad I like all the visual improvements in latest version, mostly I like the way to work with both autocad and autocad mechanical in terms of preparing of drawings, no any other softwares other than autodesk products will offer us a such type of easiest steps to prepare drawings, As I like best the keyboard shortcut command options like move, copy, stretch etc. user does not need to search command button on screen if you know all the shorcuts no any other softwares other than autodesk products will offer us a such type of best thing.."
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  19. Solid Edge

    (59)4.1 out of 5
    Complete hybrid 2D/3D CAD system that uses synchronous technology for accelerated design, faster change, and improved imported reuse.

    Reviewers say compared to Creo Elements/Direct Drafting, Solid Edge is:

    Better at support
    More usable
  20. Complete hybrid 2D/3D CAD system that uses synchronous technology for accelerated design, faster change, and improved imported reuse.

    Reviewers say compared to Creo Elements/Direct Drafting, Solid Edge is:

    Better at support
    More usable

    Solid Edge review by Rick B.
    "Feature-laden CAD Software that requires some training to be efficiently proficient.: SolidEdge has so many features it is mind-boggling. To avoid getting lost in all the features, SolidEdge has this awesome feature where you can search function from the help bar. When it finds the function you want to use, it highlights it and shows where to access it on the toolbar. It also gives a really nice summary of the function and a link to access the help file at the location where it can be found."
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  21. Alias Design

    (57)4.0 out of 5
    Alias® industrial design software powers your creative process with a range of sketching, modeling, surfacing, and visualization tools.

    Reviewers say compared to Creo Elements/Direct Drafting, Alias Design is:

    More expensive
    Better at support
  22. Alias® industrial design software powers your creative process with a range of sketching, modeling, surfacing, and visualization tools.

    Reviewers say compared to Creo Elements/Direct Drafting, Alias Design is:

    More expensive
    Better at support

    Alias Design review by Gabriel H.
    "The standard of a industry: Alias is a very powerful tool for surface modelling , with very complex tools that are helping the user to achieve best quality in a very fast time. Highly compatible with other design packages. "
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  23. SolidWorks 3D CAD

    (55)4.4 out of 5
    SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD solutions provide easy-to-learn, yet extremely powerful functionality that shortens product development time, reduces costs, and improves quality.

    Reviewers say compared to Creo Elements/Direct Drafting, SolidWorks 3D CAD is:

    More usable
    Better at support
    Better at meeting requirements
  24. SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD solutions provide easy-to-learn, yet extremely powerful functionality that shortens product development time, reduces costs, and improves quality.

    Reviewers say compared to Creo Elements/Direct Drafting, SolidWorks 3D CAD is:

    More usable
    Better at support
    Better at meeting requirements

    SolidWorks 3D CAD review by Shibin B.
    "Very user-friendly and useful software: This software has many features and if you think you know all of it, you just might find more new features later. Every new version of Solidworks that gets released every year has many relevant upgrades. One person only needs this software for pretty much all Design related or electrical related or CFD related projects. It is very user-friendly, that's why I would suggest this software to anyone and also the GUI is excellent. As a Design enthusiast, I could bring my designs to life virtually with easy and short time span with good accuracy and clarity ."
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    #13
  25. Ansys

    (56)4.3 out of 5
    Detailed model Simulation

    Reviewers say compared to Creo Elements/Direct Drafting, Ansys is:

    Better at support
    More expensive
    Better at meeting requirements
  26. Detailed model Simulation

    Reviewers say compared to Creo Elements/Direct Drafting, Ansys is:

    Better at support
    More expensive
    Better at meeting requirements

    Ansys review by Purva J.
    "Working with ANSYS Workbench: Transient thermal: The FEM solver is robust. The best part about workbench is that you can customize your simulation by writing scripts/commands in MAPDL. I have extensively used this feature for my research project. The meshing is also strong."
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    #14
  27. Autodesk EAGLE

    (46)3.9 out of 5
    PCB layout software for every engineer.

    Reviewers say compared to Creo Elements/Direct Drafting, Autodesk EAGLE is:

    Better at support
    More usable
    Better at meeting requirements
  28. PCB layout software for every engineer.

    Reviewers say compared to Creo Elements/Direct Drafting, Autodesk EAGLE is:

    Better at support
    More usable
    Better at meeting requirements

    Autodesk EAGLE review by michael p.
    "I Want To Believe: For my particular small business, the plethora of libraries and the integration with Fusion 360 is amazing. Eagle allows me to compete with companies many times larger than our current size."
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  29. Altair Inspire

    (29)4.2 out of 5
    Altair Inspire allows design engineers, product designers and architects to investigate structurally efficient concepts quickly and easily.

    Reviewers say compared to Creo Elements/Direct Drafting, Altair Inspire is:

    More usable
    Better at support
  30. Altair Inspire allows design engineers, product designers and architects to investigate structurally efficient concepts quickly and easily.

    Reviewers say compared to Creo Elements/Direct Drafting, Altair Inspire is:

    More usable
    Better at support

    Altair Inspire review by Jared C.
    "Excellent, easy to use software: This software is incredibly intuitive and really provides an excellent finished product. The software runs relatively quickly and will typically error right away, which is a nice feature. I did not use the geometric editing portions of the software, but it seems promising to be able to edit files directly in the program. The exportation of the finished product was also very easy to do and I was able to directly insert it into the CATIA v6 model that my team had been working on. "
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  31. Design to Siemens NX

    (25)3.9 out of 5
    Design to Siemens NX is an integrated product design solution that streamlines and accelerates the product development process for engineers who need to deliver innovative products in a collaborative environment.

    Reviewers say compared to Creo Elements/Direct Drafting, Design to Siemens NX is:

    More expensive
    Better at support
    Better at meeting requirements
  32. Design to Siemens NX is an integrated product design solution that streamlines and accelerates the product development process for engineers who need to deliver innovative products in a collaborative environment.

    Reviewers say compared to Creo Elements/Direct Drafting, Design to Siemens NX is:

    More expensive
    Better at support
    Better at meeting requirements

    Siemens NX review by Justin J.
    "Low User Friendliness: Positives: Compact file structure, an entire assembly and drawing can be contained within the same file, making it easier to control transfers and storage of designs without file management issues. Not sure what the size limitations on it are."
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    #17
  33. OpenSCAD

    (17)4.2 out of 5
    OpenSCAD is a software for creating solid 3D CAD objects.

    Reviewers say compared to Creo Elements/Direct Drafting, OpenSCAD is:

    Better at support
    More usable
    Better at meeting requirements
  34. OpenSCAD is a software for creating solid 3D CAD objects.

    Reviewers say compared to Creo Elements/Direct Drafting, OpenSCAD is:

    Better at support
    More usable
    Better at meeting requirements

    OpenSCAD review by User in Consumer Goods
    "Usable by novie and expert: Has a huge number of plugins that can allow you to do many advanced things. You can take input from things like Excel and PDFs and turn them into models. It can also be useful for just visualizing some models you're checking out."
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    #18
  35. Altium Designer

    (15)4.6 out of 5
    Altium Designer bridges all facets of the PCB design process to keep you seamlessly connected to every aspect of your design at all times.

    Reviewers say compared to Creo Elements/Direct Drafting, Altium Designer is:

    More expensive
    Better at support
    More usable
  36. Altium Designer bridges all facets of the PCB design process to keep you seamlessly connected to every aspect of your design at all times.

    Reviewers say compared to Creo Elements/Direct Drafting, Altium Designer is:

    More expensive
    Better at support
    More usable

    Altium Designer review by Oscar Francisco J.
    "Fully unified and deployable development systems in electronic design processes: The best thing is that it offers a wide range of data management tools and information resources, in addition to helping to reduce the gap between design and manufacturing. In the organization we are happy with altium designer because it also allows us to actively manage the generation and verification of all manufacturing data and this allows us to save time and minimize costly errors during the design flow. The cloud is saved in case you want it, is a function that has, for example, imagine a group of developers that there are 3 people dedicated to making the circuit, because they work from there all together. It is useful when you need to make a box for the circuit and also when you stack PCBs to make sure that the components do not collide with each other."
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    #19
  37. IronCAD

    (17)4.0 out of 5
    IronCAD's mission has and continues to be the creation of award winning 3D Design Collaboration Solutions that lead the industry in their ease-of-use and design productivity.

    Reviewers say compared to Creo Elements/Direct Drafting, IronCAD is:

    More usable
    Better at support
  38. IronCAD's mission has and continues to be the creation of award winning 3D Design Collaboration Solutions that lead the industry in their ease-of-use and design productivity.

    Reviewers say compared to Creo Elements/Direct Drafting, IronCAD is:

    More usable
    Better at support

    IronCAD review by Todd W.
    "The Power of IronCAD: The modeling and rendering capabilities of IronCAD are amazing, especially when compared to other modeling programs such as Sketchup, Vectorworks, and Blender. I only wish other software would make use of a similar tri-ball system that IC utilizes. The ability to integrate 3D modeling, drafting, rendering, and an export service all in the same software package makes IC a one-stop-shop. As with any modeling and drafting software there is a learning curve, but I've found IronCAD to have provided the least amount of frustration in my getting to the point where I was able to make the software do what I wanted it to do. "
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    #20
  39. Inventor LT

    (14)3.8 out of 5
    Inventor LT™ software introduces 3D mechanical CAD into your 2D workflows.

    Reviewers say compared to Creo Elements/Direct Drafting, Inventor LT is:

    Better at support
    More usable
  40. Inventor LT™ software introduces 3D mechanical CAD into your 2D workflows.

    Reviewers say compared to Creo Elements/Direct Drafting, Inventor LT is:

    Better at support
    More usable

    Inventor LT review by Rafa S.
    "Good 3D design program: Inventor es una aplicación que le ayuda a solventar la mayoría de los problemas de producción. Además, este software es excelente para definir las especificaciones industriales. Tiene una interfaz limpia y te permite concentrarte en lo que importa."