Mechanical CAD

Autodesk Inventor Fusion
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://www.turbocad.com/TurboCAD/TurboCADMac/tabid/556/Default.aspx

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

STEP Viewer 3D
STEP file (ISO10303) viewer. Macintosh OS X only.
http://www.turbocad.com/TurboCAD/TurboCADMac/tabid/556/Default.aspx

TurboCAD Mac Pro
2D 3D CAD software. Macintosh OS X only, other versions for Windows.
http://www.turbocad.com/TurboCAD/TurboCADMac/tabid/556/Default.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-8-viacad-pro-v7.aspx

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-12-shark-fx-v8.aspx

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/

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/

DraftSight
Dassault Systemes’ 2D CAD software. Free. Macintosh OS X, Linux, and Windows.
http://www.3ds.com/products/draftsight/download-draftsight/

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/

eDrawings by SolidWorks
SolidWorks viewer. Macintosh OS X and Windows.
http://www.edrawingsviewer.com/ed/edrawings-mac.htm
Download:
http://www.solidworks.com/sw/support/downloads.htm
Optional Publisher plug-ins for other CAD programs:
http://www.edrawingsviewer.com/ed/edrawings-publisher.htm

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/

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/

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/

ZBrush
Digital sculpting and painting program. Macintosh OS X and Windows.
http://pixologic.com/

modo 501
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.luxology.com/modo/index.aspx

LibreCAD (CADuntu)
2D CAD software. Still in beta. Macintosh OS X, Linux, and Windows.
http://sourceforge.net/projects/librecad/

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/

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/

CADintosh
2D CAD software. Support for DXF, HPGL, IGES and PICT (version 6) or PDF (version 7).  Macintosh OS X.
http://www.lemkesoft.com/content/170/key-features.html

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.
http://www.frontpanelexpress.com/index.php?id=45

PowerCADD
2D & 3D CAD software.  Macintosh OS X.
http://www.engsw.com/

KeyShot
Takes your 3D data and does rendering and animation for presentations, digital prototyping. Macintosh OS X and Windows.
http://www.keyshot.com/

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

Cademia
2D CAD software with macros. Import & Export of DXF. Free. Macintosh OS X.
http://sourceforge.net/projects/cademia/

Ashlar-Vellum
2D & 3D CAD software.  Macintosh OS X.
http://www.ashlar.com/sections/products/overview/overview.html

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/sections/products/overview/overview.html

MacDraft Pro
2D Drafting software.  Macintosh OS X.
http://www.microspot.com/products/index.htm

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.qcad.org/qcad_downloads.html

RealCADD
A 2D Computer Assisted Drawing program.  Macintosh OS X, Linux, and Windows.
http://www.adx-online.com/realcadd/realcadd.htm

jDraft
Easy to use Java based 2D CAD program.  Macintosh OS X, Linux, and Windows.
http://www.sparetimelabs.com/jdraft/index.html

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

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

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.  Macintosh OS X, UNIX, Linux, and Windows.
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 2013
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.corel.com/corel/product/index.jsp?pid=prod4990079&cid=catalog20038&segid=8900022

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

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

Software for 3D Printers

123D Design
Free 3D design tool from Autodesk. Macintosh OS X. iOS, and Windows.
http://www.123dapp.com/

SketchUp / SketchUp Pro
Free/$590. CAD software with a focus on ease of use. 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

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

ReplicatorG
3D printing software for a MakerBot. Macintosh OS X, Linux, and Windows.
http://www.makerbot.com/blog/2009/08/06/replicatorg-0006-for-linux-and-windows-now-available/
Installer for Mac:
http://code.google.com/p/replicatorg/downloads/detail?name=ReplicatorG-0040-Installer.dmg&can=2&q=

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

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