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Top 10 CAD Software

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CorelCAD

Our score: 9.6 User satisfaction: 100%

An affordable and precise computer-aided software used for 3D drawing, design, and printing, and 2D drafting; providing design tools and features that accelerate workflows, improve productivity, and boost collaboration. CorelCAD is also capable of transforming 2D drawings into 3D models. Plus, it is interoperable, which makes it flexible.

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  • Pricing: $699
  • Devices Supported: Windows, Android, iPhone/iPad, Mac, Web-based
  • Pricing Model: One-time payment
  • Customer Types: Small Business, Large Enterprises, Medium Business
  • Deployment: Cloud Hosted
2

Autodesk AutoCAD

Our score: 9.6 User satisfaction: 98%

A 2D and 3D CAD software for product designing, manufacturing planning, building designing, civil infrastructure, and construction teams. It has drawing and drafting tools in both 2D and 3D. It also enables collaboration with its annotation features. What’s more, it can connect with Excel for structure manipulation using formulas.

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  • Pricing: $185
  • Devices Supported: Windows, Android, iPhone/iPad, Mac, Web-based
  • Pricing Model: Monthly payment, Annual Subscription
  • Customer Types: Small Business, Large Enterprises, Medium Business, Freelancers
  • Deployment: Cloud Hosted, Open API
3

ANSYS DesignModeler

Our score: 9.5 User satisfaction: 80%

ANSYS DesignModeler is a comprehensive training platform that familiarizes users with tools related to analysis in ANSYS Workbench. To that end, it features modeling functions with geometry building and editing capabilities. It also has a thorough guide on how to convert 2D sketches to 3D models or vice versa.

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  • Pricing: By quote
  • Devices Supported: Windows, Mac
  • Pricing Model: One-time payment, Quote-based
  • Customer Types: Small Business, Large Enterprises, Medium Business, Freelancers
  • Deployment: Cloud Hosted, On Premise
4

SmartDraw

Our score: 9.5 User satisfaction: 100%

An easy-to-use and powerful flowchart maker and diagramming solution which is an alternative to Microsoft Visio; helping companies and organizations document processes, manage projects, plan strategies, and convey ideas. SmartDraw can also integrate with other Microsoft productivity tools like Word and Excel. Additionally, it facilitates collaboration through file-sharing.

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  • Pricing: $297
  • Devices Supported: Windows, Android, iPhone/iPad, Mac, Web-based
  • Pricing Model: One-time payment, Annual Subscription
  • Customer Types: Small Business, Large Enterprises, Medium Business
  • Deployment: Cloud Hosted
5

SolidWorks Premium

Our score: 9.4 User satisfaction: 95%

SolidWorks Premium is a computer-aided design software that allows users to create, simulate, publish, and manage 3D models. It has features for conceptual design, product layout, structural integrity testing, and more. Additionally, it has robust simulation tools. Using those, you can ensure that your designs are on par with industrial standards.

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  • Pricing: By quote
  • Devices Supported: Windows, Mac
  • Pricing Model: Quote-based
  • Customer Types: Small Business, Medium Business
  • Deployment: Cloud Hosted, On Premise, Open API
6

MATLAB

Our score: 9.4 User satisfaction: 95%

A programming, modeling and simulation platform that merges a desktop environment tuned for iterative analysis and design processes with a programming language that expresses matrix and array mathematics directly. With this, you can edit analyses to run on clusters, GPUs, and cloud without overhauling codes. And because of its flexibility, you can do away with big data programming.

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  • Pricing: $29
  • Devices Supported: Windows, Linux, Mac
  • Pricing Model: One-time payment, Annual Subscription, Quote-based
  • Customer Types: Small Business, Large Enterprises, Medium Business, Freelancers
  • Deployment: On Premise
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ARCHICAD

Our score: 9.2 User satisfaction: 98%

An industry-leading Building Information Modeling (BIM) platform for urban planners, interior designers, designers, and architects. The platform makes planning and designing simple. This is thanks to its key design features combined with intuitive productivity and workflow tools. It also provides precise construction documentation and accurate cost estimates.

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  • Pricing: By quote
  • Devices Supported: Windows, Android, iPhone/iPad, Mac, Web-based
  • Pricing Model: Quote-based
  • Customer Types: Small Business, Medium Business, Freelancers
  • Deployment: Cloud Hosted, On Premise
8

DraftSight

Our score: 9.1 User satisfaction: 88%

A highly interoperable 2D CAD design and drafting solution used for creating 2D drawings and CAD projects in architectural, mechanical engineering, and design fields.

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  • Pricing: $149
  • Devices Supported: Windows, Linux, Mac, Web-based
  • Pricing Model: Free, One-time payment, Annual Subscription, Quote-based
  • Customer Types: Small Business, Large Enterprises, Medium Business
  • Deployment: Cloud Hosted, Open API
9

CATIA

Our score: 9.1 User satisfaction: 99%

A leading product design software built in a collaborative 3D environment which enables manufacturing organizations in a variety of industries to design, simulate, analyze, and develop products,

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  • Pricing: By quote
  • Devices Supported: Windows, Mac, Web-based
  • Pricing Model: Quote-based
  • Customer Types: Small Business, Large Enterprises, Medium Business
  • Deployment: Cloud Hosted, On Premise, Open API
10

ZWCAD

Our score: 8.9 User satisfaction: 100%

A budget-friendly, DWG file format-compatible Computer Aided Design (CAD) software for MCAD and AEC industries. The platform is compact, lightweight, and comprehensive. It includes design features like tool palettes, the capability to insert OLE objects, and 2D drafting. It also makes it easy to input commands thanks to its Smart Voice and Smart Mouse features.

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  • Pricing: By quote
  • Devices Supported: Windows, Linux, Mac
  • Pricing Model: Quote-based
  • Customer Types: Small Business, Large Enterprises, Medium Business
  • Deployment: On Premise, Open API

Our Score

FinancesOnline utilizes our certified SmartScore™ approach to examine all the solutions in the CAD Software category to help you select the best possible service. It analyzes the following factors: cruscial components, collaboration capabilities, custom elements, integrations with other services, ease of use, customer support, security, mobility, ratings in media. At the moment, CorelCAD is the leader in this category and we gave it the highest score in our tests. Following extensive research and analysis it got the best results among its competitors and we strongly suggest that you consider it as one of the solutions for your business.

Our Score
9.6

CorelCAD Features

9.6

Autodesk AutoCAD Features

9.5

ANSYS DesignModeler Features

9.5

SmartDraw Features

9.4

SolidWorks Premium Features

9.4

MATLAB Features

9.2

ARCHICAD Features

9.1

DraftSight Features

9.1

CATIA Features

8.9

ZWCAD Features

User Satisfaction

A look at overall user satisfaction with the products in our CAD Software category based on our unique algorythm that analyzes client reviews, comments and opinions across a wide set of social media platforms to help you make an informed investment decision.

User Satisfaction

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98%

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95%

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98%

88%

99%

100%

Pricing

Every vendor in the CAD Software category will have a different set of pricing plans for its service and every package will include a varied group of elements. Below we list the overal pricing for the most affordable package available for each app. Keep in mind that advanced features may cost extra.

Pricing

$699

$185

By quote

$297

By quote

$29

By quote

$149

By quote

By quote

Devices Supported

A summary of what type of devices and operating systems are supported by the listed B2B solutions in the CAD Software category, including mobile platforms and web-based solutions.

Devices Supported

Windows

Linux

Android

iPhone/iPad

Mac

Web-based

Windows Mobile

Pricing Model

Find out what pricing plans are provided by the vendors in the CAD Software category to check which one fits your business requirements and budget best. Keep in mind that specific apps can offer free or freemium accounts for you to test first.

Pricing Model

Free

Monthly payment

One-time payment

Annual Subscription

Quote-based

Customer Types

A brief look at what groups of companies a specific B2B software in the CAD Software category is designed for, from small businesses and non-profits to big enterprises.

Customer Types

Small Business

Large Enterprises

Medium Business

Freelancers

Deployment

An overview of what styles of service deployement are supported by every B2B vendor in the CAD Software category. Although almost all modern SaaS solutions are cloud-hosted some solutions may offer an on-site deployment model as well.

Deployment

Cloud Hosted

On Premise

Open API

By Jenny Chang

Senior writer at FinancesOnline who writes about a wide range of SaaS and B2B products, including trends and issues on e-commerce, accounting and customer service software. She’s also covered a wide range of topics in business, science, and technology for websites in the U.S., Australia and Singapore, keeping tabs on edge tech like 3D printed health monitoring tattoos and SpaceX’s exploration plans.

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FinancesOnline is available for free for all business professionals interested in an efficient way to find top-notch SaaS solutions. We are able to keep our service free of charge thanks to cooperation with some of the vendors, who are willing to pay us for traffic and sales opportunities provided by our website. Please note, that FinancesOnline lists all vendors, we’re not limited only to the ones that pay us, and all software providers have an equal opportunity to get featured in our rankings and comparisons, win awards, gather user reviews, all in our effort to give you reliable advice that will enable you to make well-informed purchase decisions.

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