What are the best computer-aided design software?

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    #1AutoCAD

    AutoCAD
    AutoCAD is a computer-aided design software that allows you to design every detail with 2D and 3D and share drawings across desktop, cloud, and mobile.
    Software

    Windows, Mac, iOS

    Varies by plan

    Sharon Carroll
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "A great tool for helping me design is AutoCad. I have used it numerous times during the month of my free trial and it fits my needs very well. I can share my designs easily with my workteam and we can view each others work with ease. If your looking for proffesional design software that can be personalized to your needs look no further. "
  2. 9

    #2Fusion 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

    Diana Gutierrez
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "This connects everything together in one place. What more could you ask for? Definitely a win and user friendly. Would love to see this do more, but I'm pretty sure this is all you'll be getting for a while. Not horribly bad or anything. I just prefer something else of this. It's a great software though for people who haven't tried anything else."
  3. 8

    #3Sculptris

    Sculptris
    Sculptris is a free and easy-to-use 3D modeling application where anyone can pick it up and play without any technical knowledge or digital experience. The skills acquired using this software can also be easily applied to ZBrush.
    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Craig Cooper
    Written on February 27, 2017
    "A free application that contains just enough basic tools to get the job done. This is fun and easy to use but definitely has it's short comings. It is worth it to get started but you will eventually want to upgrade to something more. However, being free, it is a good tool to get your feet wet."
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    #4OpenSCAD

    OpenSCAD
    OpenSCAD is a free programmatic 3D modeling software. It is a script-only based modeller that uses its own description language; parts can be previewed but cannot be interactively selected or modified by mouse in the 3D view.
    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Jennifer Clark
    Written on April 13, 2017
    "OpenSCAD is a great 3-D modeling software for creating CAD models. It's totally free and focuses on the CAD aspects of modeling, so it's really useful for stuff like 3-D printing, but not really for animation. "
  2. 4

    #5Wings 3D

    Wings 3D
    Wings 3D is an advanced subdivision modeler that is both powerful and easy to use. This software is free for personal and commercial use. 
    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Aanya Chauhan
    Written on January 2, 2017
    "Wings is a really great modeler software for CAD. It has a great set of modeling and selection tools and lets you add textures to your models. It's also written in numerous languages."
  3. 3

    #6Lightwave 3D

    Lightwave 3D
    LightWave 3D is a professional 3D animation software tool that combines rendering with intuitive modeling and animation tools. It's been one of the most popular tools for studios and artists so far.
    Software

    Mac, Windows

    $995- Free trial available

    Robert Stone
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "This is absolutely essential software if you're an animator or modeler. I use it in my real job every day. It is the smartest, most intuitive, and satisfying tools for my trade. I use it. You need to get it if you don't already have it. Be a pro. Use Lightwave,you won't regret it."
  4. 2

    #7Blender

    Blender
    Blender is a free and open source video editing and 3D creation suite software. It features tools for photorealistic rendering, fast modeling, realistic materials, animation toolset, fast UV unwrapping, full compositor, simulations, game creation, camera and object tracking and more.
    Software

    Mac, Windows

    Free

    Kyle Wagner
    Written on July 5, 2017
    "Blender somewhat solved my problems with finding free CAD software. A basic installation might not have everything you fully need or expect, but certain plugins can really help. More advanced/commercial users might have to look into a paid alternative, but I think this is a good solution for a curious hobbyist."
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    #83DS MAX

    3DS MAX
    3DS MAX is a modeling and rendering software which helps you create massive worlds in games, stunning scenes for design visualization and engaging virtual reality (VR) experiences
    Software

    Windows

    $1470- Free trial available.

    Jerry Hughes
    Written on March 6, 2017
    "I was in computer design for quite a few years and I came across plenty of programs. Some great, some okay, and some just were bleh. If you are looking for a good one, I would recommend 3DS MAX. You will be creating killer games with awesome looking scenes. It truly is top notch. "
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    #9SolidWorks

    SolidWorks

    SolidWorks is a 3D solid modeling computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided engineering tool. It allows you to take product ideas and bring them to life, helping you design and improve every aspect of the product design process.

    Software

    Windows

    $3995- Free trial available.

    Terry Woods
    Written on December 4, 2017
    "This is a good alternative to the many expensive options. Does what I need. No more, no less."

Summary

Best What are the best computer-aided design software
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1AutoCADSoftware 12 Paid
2Fusion 360Software 9 Free
3SculptrisSoftware 8 Free
4OpenSCADSoftware 7 Free
5Wings 3DSoftware 4 Free
6Lightwave 3DSoftware 3 Paid
7BlenderSoftware 2 Free
83DS MAXSoftware 1 Paid
9SolidWorksSoftware 0 Paid
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