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General Purpose 2D and 3D CAD Programs

  • Alibre - design suite that provide comprehensive modeling, detailing, interoperability, downstream applications 
  • Altus Positioning Systems - offers high-precision GNSS surveying equipment, headquartered in Torrance, Calif
  • AutoCAD (sites, reviews) - the most popular CAD program in the world, a standard for design software, by Autodesk
  • AutoCAD Civil 3D - BIM software for civil engineering design, construction documentation, by Autodesk
  • Autodsys - offers IntelliCAD-based software AcceliCAD, AcceliARCH (IntelliCAD sites)
  • Bricscad - IntelliCAD based, 2D/3D CAD, by Bricsys
  • CADDIT - offers 2D and 3D CAD, Australia and New Zealand
  • CADopia - sells version of IntelliCAD (sites)
  • CADVANCE - from FIT Inc. (sites)
  • CMS IntelliCAD - CAD Software for engineers, architects, consultants, AutoCAD compatible, drawing tools, by CMS
  • DataCAD (sites)
  • Inventor - 3D CAD software with 3D mechanical design, documentation, product simulation tools, by Autodesk
  • FastCAD - by Evolution Computing
  • Generic CADD - website of GenericCadd.com, a CAD dealership that continues to offer support and information for users of this now-discontinued Autodesk program
  • Graphite - 2D drafting and 3D from Ashlar Vellum, available for PC and Mac (replaces Vellum Draft)
  • GStarCAD - IntelliCAD based CAD software, by Gstarsoft
  • IntelliCAD - AutoCAD-compatible, uses DWG as native file format, licenses to developers, by the IntelliCAD Technology Consortium (sites)
  • KeyCreator Direct CAD -tool to create, change, analyze or communicate mechanical part or design (sites)
  • MicroStation - industrial strength, very popular (2nd only to AutoCAD), Bentley Systems, Inc. (sites)
  • ProgeCAD - CAD system compatible with the AutoCAD product line, by ProgeSOFT
  • PunchCAD - extensive collection of 2D/3D modeling tools, training videos
  • QuickCAD - entry-level CAD, by Autodesk
  • Revit - BIM software for design,and construction professionals, by Autodesk
  • SOLIDWORKS - 3D CAD software with design functionalities, by Dassault Systems
  • StreamCAD - easy translation to other languages, editable user interface, text and dialogs stored in XML files, data stored in XML and DWG/DXF files
  • TurboCAD - full function CAD program, favored by construction, hobbyists (sites, reviews)
  • VectorWorks - full featured 3D CAD program, runs on Windows, Mac, by Nemetschek (sites, reviews)
  • VersaCAD - production-level CAD for engineers, draftspersons, and others the architectural, civil engineering, construction, and mechanical industries, by Archway Systems
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