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Compare the Top CAD Software of 2020

Compare the best CAD software currently available using the table below.

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    Lô đề sốCreative Edge Software

    Lô đề số iC3D allows you to create 3D digital prototypes fast and easy. Whether you create carton, glass, cans, flexibles or shrink-wraps, iC3D enables real-time visualization and validation throughout the design process from concept to production. No specialist programs, hardware, or outside assistance are required, just a single application using a simple Illustrator file or PDF for photorealistic results on-the-fly.

    Starting Price: $145/month
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    ActCAD is a 2D Drafting and 3D Modeling CAD software meant for Engineers, Architects and other technical consultants. ActCAD is a native DWG & DXF CAD software to create and edit drawings. ActCAD uses IntelliCAD engine, Open Design Alliance DWG/DXF Libraries, ACIS 3D Modeling Kernel and many other Technologies. In-addition, ActCAD has many add-on commands, features and other Productivity Tools. ActCAD CAD Software includes many other tools like block libraries (in the domains of Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Architectural, Structural, P &IDs etc.), batch file converter, units converter, PDF to DXF Converter, image to DXF converter and LH sections. ActCAD supports many other file formats like dgn, STL, OBJ, 2D PDF, 3D PDF, SVG etc. All dwg/dxf versions from very old R2.5 to latest 2018 are supported.

    Starting Price: $299.00/one-time/user Partner badge
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    CMS IntelliCAD


    CMS IntelliCAD® is the intelligent, powerful and affordable full-featured CAD Software and is fully programmable with hundreds of third party solutions. CMS IntelliCAD also offers a full suite of 2D and 3D AutoCAD® compatible drawing tools! It is the smartest choice for engineers, architects and consultants, or anyone who communicates using CAD drawings. It is designed to give you the best unrivaled compatibility and a true CAD Software alternative to Autodesk® AutoCAD® software and is fully programmable with hundreds of third party solutions. CMS IntelliCAD also offers DWG file extension native support! And now also with Microstation DGN file support.

    Starting Price: $179.95/one-time/user
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    Lô đề sốThe MathWorks

    MATLAB® combines a desktop environment tuned for iterative analysis and design processes with a programming language that expresses matrix and array mathematics directly. It includes the Live Editor for creating scripts that combine code, output, and formatted text in an executable notebook. MATLAB toolboxes are professionally developed, rigorously tested, and fully documented. MATLAB apps let you see how different algorithms work with your data. Iterate until you’ve got the results you want, then automatically generate a MATLAB program to reproduce or automate your work. Scale your analyses to run on clusters, GPUs, and clouds with only minor code changes. There’s no need to rewrite your code or learn big data programming and out-of-memory techniques. Automatically convert MATLAB algorithms to C/C++, HDL, and CUDA code to run on your embedded processor or FPGA/ASIC. MATLAB works with Simulink to support Model-Based Design.

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    Lô đề số 4MCAD is a 2D drafting and 3D modelling CAD software. It is a reliable and low-cost AutoCAD like software platform. More specifically, it is powered by IntelliCAD and ODA, providing 2D/3D CAD Complete Design, Raster Image support, Rendering, BIM/IFC import, AEC objects modelling, VBA support, PDF 2 DWG conversion, rich block libraries and a lot of other advanced key features.

    Starting Price: $60 per user
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    nanoCAD Plus


    Lô đề số nanoCAD Plus, a CAD program, supports all active version of the DWG format giving the benefit of no loss of data and easy integration with any external software. With comfortable models of acquisition, users can issue a temporary subscription or buy the permanent license of nanoCAD Plus. Professional and powerful, nanoCAD plus features a familiar interface, drafting and design tools, and open API.

    Starting Price: $180.00/year/user
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    ARES Commander


    Lô đề số 2D & 3D CAD software to create & modify technical drawings in DWG format with choice between Perpetual, Network or Annual licenses. Experience the agility of the n°1 alternative to AutoCAD. Cost-effective, ARES Commander offers a full replacement and an easy switch, at a fraction of the cost. With Graebert's ARES CAD software you will enjoy a 3-in-1 license, including ARES Commander (for Windows, macOS and Linux computers) + ARES Kudo (Cloud) + ARES Touch (iOS + Android). These 3 products work in synergy to synchronize the work across users and devices. Create and modify DWG drawings locally, with files stored on your computer, or in sync with Google Drive, Box, OneDrive, Dropbox, Onshape, Trimble Connect. Alternatively, you can also store files in a private Cloud server (via WebDAV). Some our advanced CAD features include the support for Dynamic blocks, PDF to DWG conversion, Drawing comparison, IFC & Revit import, 3D solid modeling, satellite images and street maps.

    Starting Price: $250.00/year
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    Altium Designer


    Altium Designer is the most comprehensive, modern, end-to-end solution designed for PCB designers and the number one choice among engineers and designers worldwide. Representing decades of innovation and development, Altium Designer empowers a truly unified design environment, uniting teams worldwide with every aspect of the PCB design process.

    Starting Price: From USD 250 /Month
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    We deliver design software solutions for architects, interior designers and furniture makers. ARCHLine.XP LT - Solid 3D CAD/BIM product at affordable price ARCHLine.XP Professional - Large-scale 3D BIM software for architecture ARCHLine.XP Live - Easy-to-use archviz animation software

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    Spice Technologies

    Lô đề số Make your design more smooth and efficient. With the best-ever performance, seamless compatiblity and the full functionalities, CADMATE Drafting 2020 becames the most desirable CAD Software in the industry. CADMATE Drafting 2020 adapts the 4K screen resolution from interface to dialog boxes. You can get a clear visulal in CADMATE Drafting 2020 with 4K monitor. With most commands, tools, toolbars, menus, palettes, etc. being the same or similar, AutoCAD users start mastering CADMATE in minutes. Low cost alternative, CADMATE comes to you at a fraction of the cost of some of the major CAD platforms available today. Architecture, engineering and construction professionals rely on CADMATE software to create precise 2D and 3D drawings. Utilising negligible system resources, CADMATE is fast in opening, editing and saving several drawings simultaneously. Fast, strong and robust with the latest CAD tools, features and functionalities. 100% compatible with main stream CAD platforms.

    Starting Price: $875.00 one-time fee
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    Punch! ViaCAD

    Lô đề sốPunch! Software

    Lô đề số Punch! Software is a software company and offers a software title called Punch! ViaCAD. Punch! ViaCAD is CAD software, and includes features such as civil, 3d modeling, collaboration, design analysis, document management, electrical, mechanical, mechatronics, presentation tools, design export, and 2d drawing. With regards to system requirements, Punch! ViaCAD is available as Mac, and Windows software. Costs start at $39.99. Some alternative products to Punch! ViaCAD include SirruX sxCLOUD Engineering, Onshape, and nanoCAD Plus.

    Starting Price: $39.99
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    Lô đề sốDassault Systemes

    Dassault Systemes is a software company and offers a software title called CATIA. CATIA is engineering software, and includes features such as 2d drawing, 3d modeling, design analysis, design export, document management, and presentation tools. Some alternative products to CATIA include SirruX sxCLOUD Engineering, Onshape, and nanoCAD Plus.

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    Onshape is a modern CAD and data management solution with features that include modern CAD, standard content libraries, multi-part modeling, and in-context editing. Onshape allows users to access the solution anywhere and anytime without downloads and installations. Onshape enables users to store and share CAD data in a secure cloud workspace. Onshape allows users to control and monitor access privileges of stored CAD files.

    Starting Price: $125.00/month/user
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    SkyCiv Structural 3D

    SkyCiv Engineering

    SkyCiv Structural 3D is a 100% cloud engineering software that allows users to model and solve complex 3D structures. This powerful, easy-to-use structural analysis and design platform allows engineers to work efficiently from anywhere, at any time. Accessible directly via the web browser, SkyCiv Structural 3D requires no maintenance, no installation, and no downloading.

    Starting Price: $79.95/month/user
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    BricsCAD the first all-in-one CAD design solution in .dwg that answers all your needs; 2D drafting, 3D modeling, mechanical design, and BIM. The BricsCAD® family of products brings a cost-effective, multi-platform CAD solution to Windows, macOS, and Linux. BricsCAD is available as a permanent/perpetual license, for networked or stand-alone computers. You can also add All-In Maintenance for ease of keeping up-to-date. • BricsCAD® is available on a rental (a.k.a. “Subscription”) plan if you wish. • Familiarity for other CAD users and full LISP support can help reduce a new BricsCAD® users’ learning curve to a day or less. • Advanced multi-threading takes advantage of today’s high-performance processor chips • Innovative machine learning tools increase drawing accuracy while saving time • The small install footprint and high performance of BricsCAD® point to our constant focus on quality and modern software design.

    Starting Price: 330 USD/user/year
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    HydroCAD Software Solutions

    Lô đề số HydroCAD Stormwater Modeling provides easy TR-20, TR-55, SBUH, and Rational hydrology, plus TC calculations, pond storage, outlet hydraulics, pump routing, underground storage, pollutant loading, and more. Special features include direct CAD import, dam breach routing, skimmers, tubes, siphons, local rainfall data import, and a constantly expanding chamber library. Interactive graphical environment is fast and intuitive, producing better results in less time on every project.

    Starting Price: $295.00
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    Lô đề sốCADTALK Software

    Lô đề số CAD/PDM/PLM engineering bill of material (eBOM) transformation to ERP manufacturing bill of material (mBOM), routing, items, and more. Reduce the engineering to manufacturing hand-off by 80% converting 20 bills and 40 items in less than 30 seconds. Improve costing, material planning, and scheduling.

    Starting Price: Call for Pricing
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    Lô đề sốMixed Dimensions

    MakePrintable is a cloud solution that analyses and repairs any 3D model for 3D printing. It's created by Mixed Dimensions Our Vision at MakePrintable is streamlining the process between 3D content and 3D printing. Making it simpler for anyone to get into 3D printing, by ensuring print success from the get-go. Our platform is for 3D hobbyists, engineers, makers and 3D enthusiasts who use 3D printing in their workflow and don't want to spend their time repairing wall thickness or solidity issues.

    Starting Price: $14.99/month/user
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    Electra Cloud

    Radica Software

    Electra® Cloud offers impressive benefits that more than save time or eliminate tedious work, it leaves the engineer free to focus on the important parts of a design, the control scheme, operations and safety of the entire machine. For many companies, creating and managing technical drawings efficiently are often critical to become competitive with direct impacts on a company's bottom line. Surprisingly, many companies are still using inefficient and costly methods, resulting in higher cost, lower productivity and technical drawings that are only accessible to a few people in an organization. Cut the amount of time a electrical engineer spends on generating electrical designs, and they could spend more time working with customers. The fact is, technical drawing is an invaluable resource and should be accessible to everyone in an organization.

    Starting Price: $99.00/month
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    Gstarsoft Co.,Ltd.

    GstarCAD is alternative CAD software with high compatibility, stability, performance, and useful features to improve efficiency and facilitate the drawing process of designers, draftsmen and other CAD users.

    Starting Price: $399.00/one-time
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    Make network diagrams, data flow diagrams, entity relationship diagrams and more. SmartDraw is the easiest and most powerful diagram maker on the market. To start, choose from one of the many included diagram templates (there are literally thousands) and SmartDraw will walk you through the rest with intuitive tools and lots of included symbols at your fingertips. In many cases, diagrams will feel like they make themselves as Smartdraw automatically aligns shapes and objects in just a few clicks. Hundreds of professionally designed diagram templates and examples make you instantly productive. Simply choose the template that is most similar to your project, and customize it to suit your needs. Drag and drop symbols from the thousands included. With many diagram types like flowcharts and org charts, SmartDraw comes with powerful automation that builds your diagram for you, automatically.

    Starting Price: $9.95 per user per month
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    Lô đề số CADopia is a software company based in the United States that was founded in 1999 and offers a software product called CADopia. Pricing starts at $445.00/one-time/user. CADopia offers training via documentation. CADopia is architecture software, and includes features such as 2d drawing, 3d modeling, civil, collaboration, database connectivity, design analysis, design export, document management, electrical, hole making, mechanical, mechatronics, and presentation tools. CADopia offers business hours support. CADopia offers a free trial. CADopia is available as Windows software. Some alternative products to CADopia include progeCAD Professional, MicroStation, and ACTCAD 2020 PROFESSIONAL 2D & 3D CAD.

    Starting Price: $445.00/one-time/user
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    Gemini Pattern Designer

    Gemini CAD Systems

    Gemini Pattern Designer is the flagship of Gemini CAD Package. X19 version is the result of company’s 15 years of experience in the field and the continuous innovation invested in the product, to respond to the challenges and needs of more than 20.000 end-users. Repeating the story of its initial launch back in 2004, Gemini Pattern Designer claims again in 2017 to redefine the state-of-the-art in soft product development, by incorporating all valuable existing industry knowledge and adding innovative tools never seen before in any competing product, such as Style Selector & Web Publisher or Digital Printing tools. A detailed technical overview of the most significant new and updated features included in this turn-point release. This lecture is dedicated to CAD specialists who are facing day-by-day industry challenges and are searching for methods to improve their workflow in a pragmatic and efficient way.

    Starting Price: $39 per user per month
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    Lô đề sốCivilGEO, Inc.

    Lô đề số GeoHECRAS is a river modeling software used to compute water surface profiles for steady and unsteady flow models, bridge and culvert roadway crossings, FEMA floodplain encroachments, stream restorations, inline reservoir structures, off-channel storage areas, and much more. GeoHECRAS provides an easy-to-use, single graphical platform to rapidly create stunning HEC-RAS models and 3D visualizations from a variety of different data sources like AutoCAD, MicroStation, ArcGIS, Google Maps, Bing Maps, and more.

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    ClearCalcs is an easy to use cloud structural engineering software. Engineers can streamline their repetitive calculations with easy to use calculators for beams, columns, and foundations.

    Starting Price: $29.00 USD / month

Reasons To Use CAD Software

Nine separate programs were researched for more than forty hours, and then compared. The purpose was to establish which ones offered the easiest user interfaces, the best file compatibility and the most tools. The best overall CAD software is TurboCAD Deluxe because the 3D and 2D features are equally strong, enabling the user to facilitate a numerous array of projects at different levels of complexity. The user can design everything from a complex house to a simple chair. The functionality of the tool palette is excellent, and easily accessible custom tool menus can be quickly accessed from the desktop. The tools most used are right there. Palettes no longer used can be deleted, and as new tools are added, the palette is easy to update.

Lô đề sốDesignCAD 3D Max provides the best option regarding the budget since the price is lower than any of the other programs, but the widest range of features and tools are offered. Navigation is easy, and there are a lot of tools designed to save time. The features are customizable, and this software package is excellent for creating 2D and 3D architectural designs. The user never has to begin from scratch because extraction features are available on 600 complimentary models. Different areas of the house can be easily separated with the wall tool. The best program for the beginners is SketchUp Pro. Due to the thousands of models features that can be extracted from within the virtual warehouse, this is one of the simplest programs to use from the lineup. The interface is extremely intuitive, and the software allows the user to arrange and customize the tool palettes to customized specifications. All the tools required are easily located because instead of a features list, and a large icon is used to mark each feature.

The Process of the Evaluations

Lô đề sốThe CAD software was originally tested several years ago, and since then updated versions have been released by a lot of the manufacturers. The process of locating and testing these newer releases has begun, but the new versions most likely offer only small changes over the older software. This is why the recommendation of TurboCAD Deluxe as one of the finest options still stands. The above information was based on an evaluation of the previous versions. The CAD software was downloaded, and the construction sites evaluated including the software for home design and construction estimation software. This testing of the CAD software provided the basis for the way it functions, and the interaction with other programs.

There are a large variety of features included in the top CAD software such as both 3D and 2D template models, custom tool palettes, and an interface that is extremely easy to use. Whether a business is interested in inexpensive CAD software, or the best possible options, the program chosen must have the tools suitable for the specific type of work. There are a wide range of the consumer based CAD programs similar to the ones in the lineup, and a more professional application such as AutoCAD is also available. Although the consumer based CAD applications do provide a lot of the same functions as the more professional software, the costly licensing and steep curve for learning have been eliminated.

The Additional Uses for CAD Software

Lô đề sốCAD software is used by engineers as a main staple, but there are many other uses. CAD software provides designs for landscaping, fashion, auto design, interior design, map charting and architecture. Designs can be created for appliances, toys, household tools, musical instruments and so much more. This software is incredibly diverse. Due to 3D printing, 3D CAD designs can be created and transformed right before the eye into real-life models. When CAD software is compared to professional software, it is much more affordable, easier to use, simpler, and incredibly effective in creating designs with a professional look. This is why it is so well suited for both experienced designers and novices.

What to Look For in CAD Software

Lô đề sốThere are certain tools and features that really stand out when comparing the design software, and these indicators are the mark of good software. The research regarding CAD software showed specific tools including house wizard, command line, comprehensive video tutorials, and several others were part of the top CAD software. The CAD tools chosen must benefit the special interests of the user. A good example is architectural design. This will require the top of the line 3D modeling tools. A good design requires the ability to create floor plans with different textures, and a wall tool with a high functionality, so the creation of walls becomes intuitive. When the user is a novice without much experience, one of the most invaluable tools is the house wizard. This provides the user with a walk through to show how to build a virtual structure. When deciding what program will work best, there are some excellent tips listed below.

The Design Tools

Lô đề sốAlthough any good CD software will enable the user to design 3D and 2D models, the program selected must contain the right tools. There are programs designed especially for 3D modeling, or 2D drawings, but the features to accomplish both will be included with the best software. Architectural design requires a house wizard, and a wall tool to perform some of the work for the user. The wizard will take the user through the process one step at a time when a house is being designed. A preliminary design is created by the software using the information provided by the user. This design can be revised by the user until it meets the correct specifications. Another important feature is photorealistic rendering. This enables the user to see exactly how the finished design will appear.

The Editing Tools

A wide variety of editing tools will be included with a good CAD package. Designs are easily kept organized with color editing and text tools. This enables the user to distinguish the different pieces and elements of the project and to take notes. Lines and shapes drawn by the user can be placed in the correct position by being snapped to the chosen point with a snap tool. A lot of programs have both 3D and 2D symbols in addition to included models so every single element does not need to be created from scratch.

The Compatibility

Lô đề sốWhether the user is part of a team or an individual, the designs must have the ability to be used and presented. One aspect of CAD software that should never be overlooked is file compatibility. When working with AutoCAD, the most important formats for the user include DGN, which is like DWG, and used for the larger scale projects, the Design Web Format, or DWF, the Drawing Interchange Format, or DXF, and DWG, which is used for 3D and 2D drawings. A feature for STL export makes 3D printing easier, and PDF and certain image files provide easy transfers when emailing or printing read-only files.

The User Interface

Lô đề sốThe phrase easy CAD software offers programs, features and resources that make the software much easier to use. Customizable programs including tools palettes are offered by the best programs. The program will pull up the appropriate dialogue box or program when the user types the correct symbol in the command line. Existing designs can also be pulled when in another location. The best programs save time by providing a setup manager to allow the user to change the document settings and macro recorder. This enables easy access and consolidation of the most commonly used strings.

Help and Support

CAD software for both 2D and 3D can be extremely difficult to learn, so having an available support network makes the process much easier. Most of the contact is established with email for a lot of the manufacturers of CAD software. Phone support is also provided by the best companies. It is important to realize some of the technical support is only available for free for a specific period of time. Prior to installing the software, the user should always read the fine print. Some of the additional resources for more help include community forums, the in-program manual and video tutorials. There are a lot of websites offering PDF manuals and video tutorials for easy download. YouTube offers a wide variety of instructional videos to help refine the skills of the user regarding the CAD software.