Engineering CAD Software

Compare the Top Engineering CAD Software for 2019

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

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    ActCAD 2D & 3D Professional CAD  Icon

    ActCAD 2D & 3D Professional CAD

    ActCAD

    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
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    CMS IntelliCAD CAD Software

    CAD-MANUFACTURING SOLUTIONS INC

    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: $149.95/one-time/user
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    nanoCAD Plus

    Nanosoft

    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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    Onshape

    Onshape

    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

    Bricsys

    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

    HydroCAD Software Solutions

    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. Version 10.0 adds many new features including 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: $275.00
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    CADTALK

    CADTALK Software

    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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    ContractComplete

    Grand River Business Intelligence

    BID. BUILD. BILL. Unit Price Contract procurement / tendering / bidding and contract administration workflow tool. Our multitasking web-based + mobile application: - Tracks progress, - Generates formal invoices, change orders and payment certificates. - Customizes holdbacks, bonuses, penalties and taxes. - Has a high-level view of accounts receivable and accounts payable with late notifications - Shares larger files - up to 100mb (eg. CAD, PDF, .ai) - Addenda Builder - Instant Bid Analysis - e-Signature configurations - Smart - Contract/bid - Importer powered by Artificial Intelligence

    Starting Price: $39/month/user
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    MakePrintable

    Mixed Dimensions

    MakePrintable is a cloud solution that analyses and repairs any 3D model for 3Dprinting. It's created by Mixed Dimensions Our Vision at MakePrintable is streamlining the process between 3D content and 3Dprinting. 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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    GstarCAD

    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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    CADopia

    CADopia

    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 2D & 3D Professional CAD.

    Starting Price: $445.00/one-time/user
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    SierraSoft Roads

    SierraSoft

    SierraSoft is a software business formed in 1998 in Italy that publishes a software suite called SierraSoft Roads. SierraSoft Roads includes training via live online. The SierraSoft Roads product is Windows software. SierraSoft Roads offers a free trial. SierraSoft Roads includes online, and business hours support. SierraSoft Roads is engineering CAD software. Product pricing starts at $630.00/year/user. Alternative competitor software options to SierraSoft Roads include Onshape, nanoCAD Plus, and SkyCiv Structural 3D.

    Starting Price: $630.00/year/user
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    GeoHECRAS

    CivilGEO, Inc.

    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

    ClearCalcs

    ClearCalcs is a software business formed in 2016 in Australia that publishes a software suite called ClearCalcs. ClearCalcs includes training via documentation, and in person sessions. The ClearCalcs product is SaaS software. ClearCalcs offers a free version, and free trial. ClearCalcs includes online support. ClearCalcs is engineering CAD software. Product pricing starts at $15.00/month/user. Alternative competitor software options to ClearCalcs include Onshape, nanoCAD Plus, and SkyCiv Structural 3D.

    Starting Price: $15.00/month/user
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    Ingrid Cloud

    Adaptive Simulations

    Adaptive Simulations is a software business formed in 2016 in Sweden that publishes a software suite called Ingrid Cloud. Ingrid Cloud includes training via live online, and in person sessions. The Ingrid Cloud product is SaaS software. Ingrid Cloud offers a free version, and free trial. Ingrid Cloud includes online support. Ingrid Cloud is simulation software. Product pricing starts at $497.00/one-time/user. Alternative competitor software options to Ingrid Cloud include MechDesigner, NEi Nastran, and MATLAB.

    Starting Price: $497.00/one-time/user
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    Hurricane for AutoCAD

    74Mph Solutions

    74Mph Solutions is a software company based in Canada that was founded in 1996 and offers a software product called Hurricane for AutoCAD. Pricing starts at $99.95/one-time/user. Hurricane for AutoCAD offers training via documentation, webinars, and live online. Hurricane for AutoCAD is engineering 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. Hurricane for AutoCAD offers online support, and business hours support. Hurricane for AutoCAD offers a free version. Hurricane for AutoCAD is available as Windows software. Some alternative products to Hurricane for AutoCAD include SirruX sxCLOUD Engineering, Onshape, and nanoCAD Plus.

    Starting Price: $99.95/one-time/user
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    cofaso 7.0

    cofaso

    cofaso is a software company based in Turkey that was founded in 1994 and offers a software product called cofaso 7.0. Pricing starts at $500.00/year/user. cofaso 7.0 offers training via webinars, live online, and in person sessions. cofaso 7.0 is engineering CAD software, and includes features such as user defined cycles, civil, 3d modeling, collaboration, design analysis, document management, electrical, mechanical, mechatronics, presentation tools, design export, and 2d drawing. cofaso 7.0 offers online support, and 24/7 live support. cofaso 7.0 offers a free trial. cofaso 7.0 is available as SaaS, and Windows software. Some alternative products to cofaso 7.0 include SirruX sxCLOUD Engineering, Onshape, and progeCAD Professional.

    Starting Price: $500.00/year/user
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    progeCAD Professional

    progeSOFT

    progeSOFT is a software company based in Switzerland that was founded in 1999 and offers a software product called progeCAD Professional. progeCAD Professional offers training via documentation. progeCAD Professional is architecture software, and includes features such as 2 1/2-axis milling, 2d drawing, 3-axis milling, 3d modeling, 4-axis milling, civil, collaboration, database connectivity, design analysis, design export, document management, electrical, hole making, mechanical, mechatronics, presentation tools, spiral output, toolpath simulation, and user defined cycles. progeCAD Professional offers online support. progeCAD Professional offers a free trial. progeCAD Professional is available as Windows software. Some alternative products to progeCAD Professional include ActCAD 2D & 3D Professional CAD, CorelCAD, and CADopia.

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    CorelCAD

    Corel

    Corel is a software company based in Canada that was founded in 1989 and offers a software product called CorelCAD. Pricing starts at $699.00/one-time/user. CorelCAD offers training via documentation, and webinars. CorelCAD is architecture software, and includes features such as 2 1/2-axis milling, 3-axis milling, civil, 3d modeling, collaboration, design analysis, document management, electrical, mechanical, mechatronics, presentation tools, design export, and 2d drawing. CorelCAD offers online support, and business hours support. CorelCAD offers a free trial. CorelCAD is available as Mac, Windows, and Android software. Some alternative products to CorelCAD include ActCAD 2D & 3D Professional CAD, progeCAD Professional, and CADopia.

    Starting Price: $699.00/one-time/user
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    QuoteCAD Manufacturing

    CMS

    CMS is a software company based in the United States that was founded in 1993 and offers a software product called QuoteCAD Manufacturing. Pricing starts at $749.00/one-time/user. QuoteCAD Manufacturing offers training via documentation, and webinars. QuoteCAD Manufacturing is ERP software, and includes features such as civil, 3d modeling, collaboration, design analysis, document management, electrical, mechanical, mechatronics, presentation tools, design export, and 2d drawing. QuoteCAD Manufacturing offers online support. QuoteCAD Manufacturing offers a free trial. QuoteCAD Manufacturing is available as Windows software. Some alternative products to QuoteCAD Manufacturing include Phitomas, SirruX sxCLOUD Engineering, and CATIA.

    Starting Price: $749.00/one-time/user
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    STEEL Connections

    Computer Control Systems

    Computer Control Systems is a software company based in Greece and offers a software product called STEEL Connections. Pricing starts at $483.00/one-time. STEEL Connections offers training via live online. STEEL Connections is engineering CAD software, and includes features such as 3-axis milling, civil, 3d modeling, collaboration, design analysis, document management, electrical, mechanical, mechatronics, presentation tools, design export, and 2d drawing. STEEL Connections offers business hours support. STEEL Connections offers a free trial. STEEL Connections is available as Windows software. Some alternative products to STEEL Connections include progeCAD Professional, Phitomas, and CorelCAD.

    Starting Price: $483.00/one-time
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    PlusSpec

    RubySketch

    RubySketch is a Australia software company that was founded in 2010, and offers a software title called PlusSpec. PlusSpec offers training via webinars, and live online. PlusSpec offers a free trial. PlusSpec is engineering 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, PlusSpec is available as Mac, and Windows software. Costs start at $990.00/year/user. PlusSpec includes online support, and business hours support. Some alternative products to PlusSpec include SirruX sxCLOUD Engineering, Onshape, and nanoCAD Plus.

    Starting Price: $990.00/year/user
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    DWDRAFT IntelliCAD Premium Edition

    TECHSOFT

    TECHSOFT is a software company and offers a software title called DWDRAFT IntelliCAD Premium Edition. DWDRAFT IntelliCAD Premium Edition offers training via documentation, live online, and in person sessions. DWDRAFT IntelliCAD Premium Edition offers a free trial. DWDRAFT IntelliCAD Premium Edition is engineering CAD software, and includes features such as hole making, civil, 3d modeling, collaboration, design analysis, document management, electrical, mechanical, mechatronics, presentation tools, design export, and 2d drawing. With regards to system requirements, DWDRAFT IntelliCAD Premium Edition is available as Windows software. Costs start at $270.00/one-time/user. DWDRAFT IntelliCAD Premium Edition includes online support. Some alternative products to DWDRAFT IntelliCAD Premium Edition include CADopia, progeCAD Professional, and Autodesk Advance Steel.

    Starting Price: $270.00/one-time/user
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    SPULLOWS

    SPUDWEB Technologies

    SPUDWEB Technologies is a India software company that was founded in 2009, and offers a software title called SPULLOWS. SPULLOWS offers training via documentation, webinars, and live online. SPULLOWS offers a free trial. SPULLOWS is engineering CAD software, and includes features such as user defined cycles, civil, 3d modeling, collaboration, design analysis, document management, electrical, mechanical, mechatronics, presentation tools, design export, and 2d drawing. With regards to system requirements, SPULLOWS is available as Windows software. Costs start at $6000.00/one-time/user. SPULLOWS includes online support, business hours support, and 24/7 live support. Some alternative products to SPULLOWS include SirruX sxCLOUD Engineering, Onshape, and cofaso 7.0.

    Starting Price: $6000.00/one-time/user
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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.

DesignCAD 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

The 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

CAD 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

There 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

Although 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

Whether 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

The 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.

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