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The best Other CAD Software products are determined by customer satisfaction (based on user reviews) and market presence (based on products’ scale, focus, and influence) and placed into four categories on the Grid®:
  • Products in the Leader quadrant are rated highly by G2 Crowd users and have substantial Market Presence scores. Leaders include: PTC Mathcad and SolidWorks PDM
  • High Performers are highly rated by their users, but have not yet achieved the Market Presence of the Leaders High Performers include: GrabCAD Workbench, Vectorworks Spotlight, and AutoCAD P&ID
  • Contenders have significant Market Presence and resources, but have received below average user Satisfaction ratings or have not yet received a sufficient number of reviews to validate the solution. Contenders include: Autodesk 360 and HEC-RAS
  • Niche solutions do not have the Market Presence of the Leaders. They may have been rated positively on customer Satisfaction, but have not yet received enough reviews to validate them. Niche products include: solidThinking Inspire
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    PTC Mathcad is the single solution for solving, analyzing, documenting and sharing your essential engineering calculations and design intent. Its live mathematical notation, units intelligence, and powerful calculation capabilities, presented within an easy-to-use interface, allows engineers and design teams to capture and communicate their design and engineering knowledge.


    SOLIDWORKS PDM enables your teams to securely store and index design data for fast retrieval, eliminate concerns over version control and data loss, and collaborate on designs in multiple locations.


    Autodesk A360 enables design and engineering centric project teams to work efficiently together in one central workspace.


    AutoCAD® P&ID software helps designers and engineers quickly create and edit P&IDs with familiar AutoCAD in-context editing tools.


    GrabCAD Workbench is the simple cloud-based PDM that makes it easy for engineering organizations to manage and share CAD files without the cost and IT hassle of traditional installed solutions.


    Vectorworks Spotlight is the industry-leading design software for the entertainment business. It works like you think, facilitating improvisation and creativity so you can transform your designs into award-winning productions. Whether you work in lighting, scenic, event, tv, film, rigging or exhibit design, Spotlight software balances your process with the need for coordinated, accurate information so you can create unmatched experiences.


    HEC-RAS is a computer program that models the hydraulics of water flow through natural rivers and other channels. The program is one-dimensional, meaning that there is no direct modeling of the hydraulic effect of cross section shape changes, bends, and other two- and three-dimensional aspects of flow.


    solidThinking Inspire enables design engineers, product designers, and architects to create and investigate structurally efficient concepts quickly and easily. Traditional structural simulations allow engineers to check if a design will support the required loads. Inspire enhances this process by generating a new material layout within a package space using the loads as an input. The software is easy to learn and works with existing CAD tools to help design structural parts right the first time, reducing costs, development time, material consumption, and product weight.


    FEA. SRAC Cosmos acquired years ago by SolidWorks.


    StormCAD offers a complete approach to storm sewer design and analysis, from rainfall to outlet.


    Topology Optimization Simulation




    Integrated FEA and CFD multiphysics.


    A Cross Platform and Open Source Electronics Design Automation Suite


    SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation is an intuitive Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) solution embedded within SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD that enables you to quickly and easily simulate liquid and gas flows through and around your designs to calculate product performance and capabilities.


    BRL-CAD is a powerful open source cross-platform solid modeling system that includes interactive geometry editing, high-performance ray-tracing for rendering and geometric analysis, a system performance analysis benchmark suite, geometry libraries for application developers, and more than 30 years of active development.


    CulvertMaster solves culvert hydraulics problems.


    Data acquisition and editing for 3D scanners


    ANSYS Enterprise Knowledge Manager (EKM). ANSYS EKM is a web-enabled scalable system that enables your engineering team to manage and share simulation data, integrate heterogeneous simulation tools and create easy-to-follow workflows for your entire product development team, while providing the greatest level of data security to protect your company's intellectual property.


    ANSYS Meshing is a general-purpose, intelligent, automated high-performance product. It produces the most appropriate mesh for accurate, efficient multiphysics solutions. A mesh well suited for a specific analysis can be generated with a single mouse click for all parts in a model. Full controls over the options used to generate the mesh are available for the expert user who wants to fine-tune it. The power of parallel processing is automatically used to reduce the time you have to wait for mesh generation


    ETAP is an enterprise solution for design, simulation, operation, control, optimization, and automation of generation, transmission, distribution, and industrial power systems that offers a suite of integrated electrical engineering software solutions including arc flash, load flow, short circuit, transient stability, relay coordination, cable ampacity, optimal power flow, and more.


    ViaCAD Pro offers precision solid modeling and drafting toolsets, enabling advanced 3D prototyping, photorealistic rendering, and design for products and packaging.


    New mesh control plus other features revolutionize 3D content creation for printing, rendering, animation and precise manufacturing.


    Embedded electrical systems planning requires a unified electrical toolset that provides single- and multi-line schematic tools. Embedded system design also requires all work in 2D and 3D to be synchronized with integrated Bills of Materials (BOMs) for both mechanical and electrical parts


    SPEOS is a solution to create and analyze innovative lighting systems.


    Adept is a simple, powerful document management solution that helps companies find, manage, share and secure business and design content across the enterprise.


    3D Hubs is featured computer-aided design software that helps to manufacture hubs. Help to make a smooth process either is uploaded designs, specify customers needs and give a guarantee of the quality.


    3D Inspection System is a software handles inspection data gathering, report generation, and office management of jobs and contacts.


    3Shape is a developer and manufacturer of 3D scanners and CAD/CAM software solutions for the dental and audio industries.


    ACT uses easy-to-learn yet powerful XML and IronPython programming languages that enable even non-expert users to create custom apps for their advanced workflows, in days instead of the weeks or months usually required. Unlike typical software programming, you do not require any commercial Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for ACT. Instead, ANSYS provides an easy and intuitive development environment with complete documentation, templates and predefined applications to guide you through the process


    ANSYS Aqwa software addresses the vast majority of analysis requirements associated with hydrodynamic assessment of all types of offshore and marine structures. These include SPARs, FPSOs, Semi-submersibles, Tension leg platforms, Ships, Renewable energy devices, and Breakwaters


    Chemkin-Pro includes the Reaction Path Analyzer. Employing an interactive visual display, the Reaction Path Analyzer provides a clear view of dominant reaction paths, facilitating mechanism development and reduction.


    ANSYS DesignSpace is a tried and tested structural analysis solution for engineers and designers looking to leverage the validated and widely used ANSYS Mechanical solver in the same environment as higher level tools. The same intuitive and powerful tools that enable fast setup, solving and post-processing are available to DesignSpace users. A tree-driven environment that provides a logical top to bottom workflow with meaningful feedback means that even occasional users can be productive


    ANSYS DesignXplorer is an integrated ANSYS Workbench application that leverages the parametric and persistent power of Workbench for parametric analyses so you can efficiently explore, understand and optimize your design. DesignXplorer includes correlation, design of experiments, response surface creation and analysis, optimization and six sigma analysis


    ANSYS Discovery AIM makes upfront simulation easy by combining intuitive, guided workflows, accurate simulation results and optimization in a complete simulation tool. Integrated geometry modeling based on ANSYS Discovery SpaceClaim technology helps you create new 3D concept models, or edit/repair existing geometry.


    ANSYS EnSight is more than the leading post-processor and visualization software program: It is a data fusion program. It consolidates data from multiple engineering simulations and other sources to help explore and explain complex systems and processes. It handles simulation data from a wide range of physics from fluids, structures, particles, crash, electromagnetics and more. And it imports data from experiments, wind tunnels, imaging systems like MRI, and images and animations. With EnSight, you can create and communicate the best looking, clear, highest resolution simulation results on datasets that were previously thought to be too big to handle


    With the ANSYS HPC software suite, you can use today's multicore computers to perform more simulations in less time.These simulations can be bigger, more complex and more accurate than ever using HPC. The various ANSYS HPC licensing options let you scale to whatever computational level of simulation you require, from single-user or small user group options for entry-level parallel processing up to virtually unlimited parallel capacity.


    ANSYS LS-DYNA is the most commonly used explicit simulation program, capable of simulating the response of materials to short periods of severe loading. Its many elements, contact formulations, material models and other controls can be used to simulate complex models with control over all the details of the problem


    ANSYS medini analyze implements key safety analysis methods (HAZOP, FTA, FMEA, FMEDA) all in one integrated tool. It supports the efficient and consistent execution of the safety-related activities that are required by applicable safety standards. medini analyze is well integrated with other engineering tools and enables safety analysis based on design models by utilizing standards like SysML


    ANSYS optiSLang optimizes your product designs by combining the powerful parametric modeling capabilities of ANSYS Workbench with the robust design optimization (RDO) methods of optiSLang. The optiSLang toolbox includes modules for sensitivity analysis, optimization and robustness evaluation that you can easily drag and drop into a Workbench project to form an interactive process chain. This process workflow enables your engineering teams to improve product performance, identify optimization potential, quantify risks and secure resource efficiency. ANSYS optiSLang is also available outside of Workbench with its own powerful process integration framework


    Polyflow accelerates design while shrinking energy and raw material demands to make your manufacturing processes more cost-effective and environmentally sustainable. R&D teams use this technology extensively to design and optimize processes such as extrusion, thermoforming, blow molding, glass forming, fiber drawing and concrete shaping. Design engineers use Polyflow to minimize physical prototyping when manufacturing extrusion dies or to reduce thickness variation to improve the quality of thermoformed or blown products


    ANSYS PowerArtist is the comprehensive design-for-power platform of choice of all leading low-power semiconductor design companies for early RTL power analysis and reduction. PowerArtist enables you to perform physical-aware RTL power budgeting, interactive debugging, analysis-driven reduction, efficiency regressions and profiling of live applications, while also enabling a seamless RTL-to-physical methodology for power grid integrity


    This product features functional and architectural system modeling and verification in a SysML-based environment. It provides a strong foundation to deploy model-based systems engineering (MBSE) processes and best practices. A key feature is the capability to generate consistent and comprehensive interface control documents (ICD)


    SCADE Display is part of the ANSYS Embedded Software family of products, which provides you with a versatile graphics design and development environment for embedded Human Machine Interfaces (HMI)


    SCADE Suite is a product line in the ANSYS embedded software family that provides you with a model-based development environment for critical embedded software. With native integration of the formally defined Scade language, SCADE Suite is the integrated design environment for critical applications including requirements management, model-based design, simulation, verification, qualifiable/certified code generation and interoperability with other development tools and platforms.


    SCADE Test is part of the ANSYS Embedded Software family. It provides you with a complete testing environment for requirements validation and test case creation and management. It also lets you automate test case execution both on host and on target, measure coverage and manage test results for any SCADE application


    ANSYS TurboGrid software includes novel technology that targets complete automation combined with an unprecedented level of mesh quality for even the most complex blade shapes. The desired final mesh size is defined (and, optionally, the blade boundary layer resolution), and all the other steps are performed automatically to produce a mesh of extremely high quality. Grid angles are exceptionally good, mesh sizes transition smoothly, and high aspect-ratio elements are generated in the near-wall regions to resolve these regions efficiently and capture boundary layer flows accurately


    ArcSite is the simple, fast way to draw & markup blueprints and floor plans. Take photos and associate them with drawings, manage your own shapes with properties like materials, create your own forms, share and co-edit with coworkers, it is as easy as pen & paper. As a standalone app, ArcSite can also be integrated with AutoCAD, Salesforce, GIS, and/or other cloud apps.


    AutoQ3D CAD workspace helps you to make drawing and designs easier and faster. The tools are arranged and available for easy access.


    AutoScan works out the Bill of quantities for all Major items, required for building construction. Data can be further edited even after extracting the data from the drawing. Customizable deduction methods for doors, windows, skirting & dado from plaster.


    CADEST is an estimating software that allows you to manage blueprints from your computer and manage accuracy of your takeoff material, estimates and bids.


    Carlson Takeoff is a cut/fill volumes and data prep program that can estimate jobs using paper plan digitizing, PDFs, or electronic CAD files.


    cofaso is a plant design software with electrical cad solutions and technical support.


    COLIMO is a post-production tool designed with the main objective of changing scenes after the rendering process in real time without losing quality.


    connectCAD joins up all the phases of a design project letting you keep track of the components of any interconnected system - from audiovisual and broadcast to IT and home automation systems. connectCAD is an add-on to Vectorworks® for designing broadcast, audio-visual, lighting and IT networks, or any other type of connected system. It links schematic diagrams of interconnections and signal flow with cable lists and layout drawings showing equipment locations, all in one integrated design package.


    Countfire is an automated take-off software that provides simultaneous automatic counting of symbols, across all PDF drawings within a project.


    Import & export plug-ins for CAD software


    CAD libraries for software vendors, to read and write CAD formats


    CrossManager is a standalone software allowing you to convert files from most CAD formats. With Cross Manager, You just need to select one or several CAD files to translate them automatically in the format you want.


    Manage all CAD, Project & Office data, BOMs & downstream to ERP. Non CAD users can also manage Project & Office data, E-mails & Workflows, all with Full Audit history. View your data online, 24/7 wherever you are.


    DFA Product Simplification software utilizes an intuitive question-and-answer interface that identifies opportunities for substantial cost reduction in a product. By applying industry-tested minimum part count criteria, the software finds parts that can be consolidated/eliminated while maintaining 100% functionality. The outcome of a DFA-based design is a more elegant product that is both functionally efficient and easy to assemble. DFA re-designs also have the added impact of increased quality and reliability, faster development time, and require fewer suppliers. DFM Concurrent Costing® software provides an immediate, thorough understanding of the primary cost drivers associated with manufacturing your product – and establishes a benchmark for what your product "should cost." Additionally, DFM guides you through an assessment of alternative processes and materials to help you generate various design proposals. Cost results update automatically as you specify tolerances, surface finishes, and other part details. Gradually, as you choose effective shape-forming processes and consider how to modify part features to lower cost, your product becomes cost optimized. The use of DFM Concurrent Costing® and DFA Product Simplification together is what constitutes DFMA®. Engineers use DFA to reduce the assembly labor within a product through the consolidation of single function parts into more elegant, multi-functional designs. The DFM software is then used to help the design engineer quickly compare the costs to produce each alternative design. The DFMA® software package gives engineers an early cost profile for each product design and provides a basis for planning and decision making. Such analyses, when performed at the earliest stages of concept design, have the potential to greatly influence manufacturing and other life cycle costs before they are solidified and become locked in place.


    DPI-8 Handheld 3D Scanner lowers the barrier to 3D scanning for the construction market. It provides datasets that are dimensional, measurable and shareable to eliminate any guesswork or interpretation back at the office.


    Earthworks is a civil engineering related cutting and filling quantity calculator. It also generates reports in various formats of CSV and PDF. It takes the basic paraments to form the longitudinal section of the road along with the proportions ratio of cuttings and fillings.


    easyRAUMpro is a user-friendly 3D CAD software for the professional creation of accurate 3D visualizations of hotels, event venues and meetings.


    CADENAS PARTsolutions is a leading provider of next generation 3D CAD catalog management and sales configuration solutions for component manufacturers. Providing 3D product catalogs with native CAD download technology, embedded into your website or on 80+ engineering portals, manufacturers increase sales lead generation by ensuring components get “designed in” to OEM products.


    EnSuite-View is a software that allows users to view all major CAD formats (CATIA, NX, SOLIDWORKS, Creo, Autodesk Inventor, Solid Edge, Rhinoceros, Parasolid, ACIS, IGES, STEP, JT, VDA, SketchUp, and Adobe 3D PDF), as well as neutral formats, without requiring a license of any CAD system which allow users to analyze models and assemblies.


    e-SPECS for Revit is a software that link, sync & integrate Revit with construction specifications using e-SPECS and automating the creation of manual.


    GTXRaster CAD Series is a solution that helps bring legacy paper drawings into the autoCAD environment allowing you to modify scanned raster archives to help you manage flexibility and speed.


    iConstruct is a business information modeling (BIM) software for Autodesk Navisworks for a large range of industries worldwide that ensures a project is as efficient and simple as possible for teams to manage and maintain from concept to completion and beyond.


    iVisit360 is an innovative technology for panoramic and virtual tour presentations.


    Kenesto is a simple cloud-based product document management system. Kenesto provides the necessary tools users need to share, view, collaborate easily with external users, manage permissions, create versions and lock documents for day-to-day work.


    Kubla Cubed is software for estimating earthworks cut and fill volumes. It can be used to to takeoff existing heights from plans and then plot proposed design elements (platforms, slopes, topsoil strip and surfaces). Volumes are calculated in real-time and designs can be exported to CAD, images, MS Word reports etc.


    A management software solution aimed at industrial companies in the sheet metal sector. Manage sales, manufacturing, purchasing and inventory.


    3D modeling for designers and artists


    nXtRender optimizes design-time by saving the settings together with the 3D model and allowing post-render processing.


    The Print&Cut solution is integrated in the Gravostyle software. It combines two technologies UV-LED digital flatbed printing and CO2 laser cutting from our LS lasers range


    A suite of 3D Printing, verification and repair tools, plus new modeling tools that will make your designs 3D Printer or 3D Printer service ready.


    PowerPack v10 brings over 70 new tools to the existing functionality of ViaCAD v10 including tools to repair and validate models for 3D printing.


    ViaCAD 2D/3D has intelligent and easy-to-use design tools, coupled with an unbeatable price to performance ratio, that makes it the ideal choice for CAD designers everywhere.


    Qlone, a seamless integration with some of the world's leading 3D platforms for printing, sharing and selling 3D models.


    Scandy is a world leading 3D scan to 3D print service.



    Shark LT provides a comprehensive, yet intuitive collection of 2D/3D drafting and modeling tools for professionals that want professional CAD at an affordable price.


    Acoustics simulation helps you minimize noise or optimize sound quality in designs.


    SIMULIA Simulation Foundation helps you leverage your organization’s library of deployed simulation processes to make more informed decisions and design better products. It can act as a dashboard for finding, monitoring, or resuming previous simulations.


    SolidFace Collaborative Cloud CAD is a 3D CAD solution that allow designers and engineers collaborate and design in real time, shortening the design cycle, & increasing ROI.


    Repurpose your 3D engineering models for creating graphical content to explain processes and procedures in technical communications, such as manufacturing assembly instructions, product manuals, installation instructions, service manuals, training guides, marketing brochures, and sales bidding kits


    SOLIDWORKS PCB enables the productivity you need to design Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) quickly along with unique, collaboration between electrical and 3D mechanical design teams. It offers a clear advantage where ECAD-MCAD collaboration is critical for overall success of electronic product design


    Specifi provides design and publishing tools for restaurant and hospitality industry that meets the needs of kitchen designers, restaurant planners and food equipment dealers allowing a streamlined process.


    SuperDoor Software is a panel door woodworking software that helps you calculate measurements for cabinet doors with the ability to help you manage time and money by producing invoices with control.


    SysQue is a Revit integration solution made to help users design with real-world, manufacturing-specific content.


    Trimble Connect is a new way for designers, builders, owners and operators to collaborate, share and view project information. It is based on GTeam, the ground-breaking collaboration platform developed by Gehry Technologies.


    Trimble EdgeWise is an automated modeling tool for scan data, reduces the time required to accurately transform point-cloud data into intelligent and actionable models of the worksite.


    Trimble RealWorks is a software enables to register, visualize, explore and manipulate as-built data collected from your 3D laser scanner.


    VectorEngineer is a CAD and design software that offers your the features required to create professional drawings, working drawings, designs, plans, layouts and diagrams in a Windows-driven environment.


    Visio P&ID Process Designer is an add-on to Microsoft Visio Professional software that improves the productivity of the user for creating Process Flow Diagrams (PFD's) and Piping & Instrumentation Diagrams (P&ID's).


    Visual LVM gives you a better and easier way to work on it. It is a GUI LVM manager on LINUX platform. It shows the layout of storage system directly and clearly so that you can manage much more hard disks more easily and quickly. It frees you from complex commands, that means you don't need to type commands any more, even remember them, just by clicking and dragging you can work it out simply. Visual LVM is a new style of LVM managemet. It saves your time and energy, helping you focus on your task and making your work more easy and efficent.