What are the best CAD drawings apps for iPhone or iPad?

Running late for your design presentation? Or perhaps you just wanna draw using your fingertips for a more accurate look? If your answer to both questions is yes, then this list is for you! Here are the CAD drawings apps for iPhone or iPad for you to help you create designs even when you're on the go!

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    #1Morpholio Trace

    Morpholio Trace

    Morpholio Trace takes your architecture dreams a step further by giving you the chance to sketch, design, and create your own design. This CAD drawing app is suitable for students and professionals alike.

    Apps

    iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Jose Weaver
    Written on March 15, 2019
    "This is a great Auto CAD app for the iPad, with one catch. This app is geared towards more experienced users that intended to utilize this for some serious professional work. If you're a beginner, I'd say try something a little simple. Otherwise, you'll enjoy the functionality and the clean UI here."
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    #2eDrawings

    eDrawings

    eDrawings is a CAD viewer app that allows you to draw inspiration from native eDrawings as well as native SolidWorks® files. It also comes with an Augmented Reality to help you visualize models in the real context.

    Apps

    iOS, Android

    $1.99

    Alan Simmons
    Written on June 8, 2018
    "I had to download the PRO version for me to use the app again :( It worked well after I did. Good app for those who have the penny to purchase a good app. But with me who only uses free apps, this is not so good app. But still best when paid, of course. Recommendable for persons willing to purchase."
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    #3AutoCAD

    AutoCAD

    AutoCAD is one of the most trusted CAD drawing apps across the globe. With its easy-to-use tools, the app lets you create your designs in 2D or 3D. You can also edit, view, and share them in an instant. 

    Apps

    Android, iOS, Windows, Mac

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Edison Meng
    Written on March 15, 2019
    "One of the better drafting apps available for the iPad. It's easy to use and adaptable to many use cases. Its library could use a wider selection, maybe as add-ons. Aside from a few minor quirks, this is a very solid choice."

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know that the modern computer-aided design (CAD) programs were inspired by a piece in the thesis of the then-MIT Ph.D. candidate, Ivan Sutherland? Sutherland, who will go on to become an Internet pioneer and will get the mantle as the father of computer graphics, invented the Robot Draftsman as a part of his thesis for a Ph.D. degree in MIT in 1963. The Draftsman, which will later be called Sketchpad, is a software that allows engineers and designers to use a computer in creating designs for easy editing and duplication. It is also a program that allows designers to easily consider geometric constraints in their designs as it has features that let users to set angles and curves. The draftsman was so influential that it is still receiving praise almost five decades after its invention. In 2012, Sutherland was honored with the Kyoto Prize, 24 years after he received the Turing Award for the program.

But the man considered as the real father of modern CAD programs is Patrick Hanratty, a computer scientist who led a team of employees from General Motors and IBM in creating Design Augmented by Computer, or DAC-1, a software for helping GM improve the design and manufacture automobiles in the latter part of the 20th century. According to a study released by the University of California in 2012, analysts think that more than two-thirds of the 3-D CAD apps or computer-aided manufacturing programs in the business are rooted from Hanratty's revolutionary creation, even the popular CAD apps for iPad.

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    #4iDesign

    iDesign

    iDesign unleashes your passion to its full potential. This CAD drawing app allows you to create professional drawings, illustrations, and graphics anytime you want. Its features and interface make it easy for you to draw with just your fingertips.

    Apps

    iOS

    $7.99

    Raymond Peters
    Written on March 15, 2019
    "A decent app for creating vector graphics with an extensive list of tools at your disposal. It automatically syncs with your icloud so you can bring your work on the go."
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    #5uMake

    uMake

    uMake provides you with tools to create designs the easiest way possible! This CAD drawing app comes with sketch plans, dimensions, snap tools and more. It also features Augmented Reality for you to view your model.

    Apps

    iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    John Chen
    Written on March 15, 2019
    "A good CAD app for the iPad with a nice and easy to use UI for some quick sketches. You can also create vector graphics and export it to a number of different formats like OBJ and STL and use it with other CAD apps."
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    #6AutoQ3D CAD

    AutoQ3D CAD

    AutoQ3D CAD is a complete tool to create, edit and share 2D and 3D drawings and designs. See your creations from different points of view and edit them using basic operations. It features also a video tutorial library and email support.


    Apps

    Android, Mac, iOS

    $29.99

    Kathleen Wells
    Written on August 31, 2018
    "I've got errors when I first used this app on my iPad so I approached the dev team and they responded so fast adn were able to resolve my issues. Great job to them and this app!"
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    #7CAD Pockets

    CAD Pockets

    CAD Pockets is a multi-functional app for iPhone or IPad users in creating, editing, annotating, and sharing different CAD files such as DWG, DWF, and DWF. It requires iOS 8.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

    Apps

    iOS, Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Lawrence Palmer
    Written on June 8, 2018
    "I've been in search for CAD apps for my school requirement and found about this app from my roommate. I'm happy to know this! It helped me with my project though I needed few revisions, I know I can manage using this one. Thanks for the help roomate! HOHO"
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    #8ArcSite

    ArcSite

    ArcSite is a mobile CAD app for architecture, engineering, and construction professionals. It's intuitive and easy to use, plus, as it's designed for a mobile device you'll be able to have all your projects at hand on the field without having to print out your plans.

    Apps

    iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Elizabeth Watson
    Written on October 2, 2019
    "My manager suggested that I use this while we were on a business trip. I havent used any other CAD apps since."
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    #9Fusion 360

    Fusion 360
    Fusion 360 is a cloud-based 3D CAD, CAM, and CAE platform for product development. It combines industrial and mechanical design, simulation, collaboration, and machining in a single package.
    Software

    Windows, Mac, iOS, Android

    Free

    Lawrence Bates
    Written on March 15, 2019
    "There is a slight learning curve when using this app but once you get used to it, it feels natural and you get a nice workflow going. It might not be enough for the most demanding of professionals out there but for what it does and offers, it will fit with most users."
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    #10Shapr3D

    Shapr3D

    Shapr3D is a powerful app for iPad. With this app, you can sketch and model objects and any element. It is very easy to use. Enjoy creating amazing 3D figures.

    Apps

    iOS

    Free

    Jordan Fields
    Written on March 15, 2019
    "This is one of the more expensive CAD apps for the iPad Pro but I do think it is worth the asking price. This is truly one of the more professional Auto CAD apps for the iPad for getting some serious work done."
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    #11DWG FastView

    DWG FastView

    DWG FastView is an app that allows you to create, browse and edit 2D and 3D designs. The app doesn't need registration and has support for offline drawings. You can export your projects to PDF, BMP, JPG and PNG and share them.

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Gloria Harris
    Written on December 5, 2017
    "This is not the best app for the CAD on the iphone and ipad. I've had better, this one stutters a heck of a lot."
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    #12PadCAD

    PadCAD

    PadCAD is an app for small drafting and construction projects. It features intuitive controls, zoom and a joystick to rotate and move any element of the project. You can export your drawings as an image or PDF file.

    Apps

    iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Teresa Perez
    Written on March 15, 2019
    "This app provides a nice middle ground between beginners and more experienced users. It caters to both types with subtle and relevant assistance prompts if you're unfamiliar with a particular function."
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    #13TouchDraw

    TouchDraw

    TouchDraw is a powerful app to create graphics. You can create vector drawings and export in several formats like PNG, JPEG, PDF, SVG... Let your imagination fly and produce beautiful graphics

    Apps

    iOS

    $8.99

    Alan Guo
    Written on March 15, 2019
    "One of the best drafting app for the iPad. It's great for creating diagrams with a really intuitive UI and a nice list of features. When you take into account the nice and clean UI, its extensive features, and very reasonable price, this is one of the best CAD apps to consider."

Summary

Best What are the best CAD drawings apps for iPhone or iPad
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Morpholio TraceApps 6 Free
2eDrawingsApps 1 Paid
3AutoCADApps 1 Free
4iDesignApps 0 Paid
5uMakeApps 0 Free
6AutoQ3D CADApps 0 Paid
7CAD PocketsApps 0 Free
8ArcSiteApps 0 Free
9Fusion 360Software 0 Free
10Shapr3DApps 0 Free
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