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DesignCAD 3D MAX V.20

by IMSI
Windows Vista / 7 / XP
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews) 5 answered questions

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Product Features

  • DesignCAD 3D Max v20 combines easy to learn and use 2D drafting with powerful and precise 3D modeling to unleash your imagination and creativity. Easily design anything from complex architectural and mechanical drawings to simple everyday projects and hobbies including furniture, decks, floorplans, toys and 3D models. Use a complete set of 2D drafting and design tools, including drawing layers, ha

System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows Vista / 7 / XP
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B003O294EE
  • Item model number: 00D3MX20CC01
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 26, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,047 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

DesignCAD 3D Max v20 combines easy to learn and use 2D drafting with powerful and precise 3D modeling to unleash your imagination and creativity. Easily design anything from complex architectural and mechanical drawings to simple everyday projects and hobbies including furniture, decks, floorplans, toys and 3D models. Use a complete set of 2D drafting and design tools, including drawing layers, hatch patterns and full dimensioning capability - or render 3D models with materials or textures for added impact. Easily import/export editable DXF/DWG files without the risk of data loss or corruption. 2D drafting and 3D modeling have never been easier. Perfect For Architects, Illustrators, Contractors, Builders, Hobbyists, Designers, Educators, Engineers, Students and Others.


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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great basic CAD software; excellent for contractors October 30, 2010
By GinoDL
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As a retired engineer and electrical contractor, I have occasional need to develop a 2D sketch for a project or program. Not wanting to part with the cost of one of the main line CAD programs, finding DesignCAD on Amazon.com was a Godsend. While I haven't used its 3D capabilities, I can vouch that its 2D features are more than adequate for average layout work. It's sort of like the mainliners without their bells and whistles (which you usually can't figure out anyway). I haven't found anything I couldn't do with it yet, and the depth of DesignCAD's capabilities never cease to amaze me. Its ability to output to a system printer makes hard copies easy.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Using this CAD for thirty years June 5, 2011
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If you have many years of CAD drafting before you perhaps you need AutoCAD. When I started my career this DesignCAD competed with AutoCAD.

AutoCAD won after some years becoming the standard. By then I was pretty good doing architectural work. Friends, this is way more than a simple CAD program.

Because I started so early I still have five hundred page instruction book and many other learning aids. Mostly I do not need them and can draw anything I want from any view pretty fast. That said, if you want to do CAD and do not plan to work for someone else in a large office where AutoCAD is required this will do anything you can imagine and a lot you can't until you have useed it for a very long time. You can draw things with ten decimal precision with any color, line weight, line type you desire. You can draw with a hundred layers on ONE page. Imagine what could be helpful and this can likely do it.

Never found any limitations. The price baffles me. For this kind of CAD power I would pay well over five hundred. All that said you need to appreciate that all this power takes many months of all day work to learn. Good part is the more you learn the faster you learn more. Work all day everyday, five days a week, and in a few months your output will really take off.

Once you get over the initial learning concepts you will love this program. It is extremely powerful. My last project had over eight million key strokes to draw fourteen 2 x 3' pages for a residence earning about eighty an hour. This is a serious program.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Descent 2D software, not so great 3d July 8, 2011
By Mike
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Ok, so when I went to college for engineering, I was trained up using SolidWorks and eventually was employed by a company who also used SolidWorks. With that said, going from a high end 3d modeling software down to designCAD is like visiting Las Vegas then going to Reno...kinda disappointing! So for 3d modeling, until I get the hang of it, I'll give it 1 star. As far as 2d layouts, the program is straight forward. I'm able to draw up my parts, export it as a .dxf file, kick it to my cams and on out to my post processor/cnc equipment which is why I bought the program. Now, relatively speaking, it still sucks compared to solidworks, but I'll give the program's 2d capability 3 stars since it's about $4,225 cheaper than the alternative and it does what I need it to do!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great tool for the price. June 5, 2012
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DesignCAD 3D is not an Autocad command-line clone. It does not use the opensource clone engine, as would the D'Assault Systemes's DraftSight. As such, the interface was different enough to give me heartburn; that is, until I gave the package a chance. Okay, I can't as easily develop drawings in Microsoft Excel, save them in Notepad, and then run them as command-line scripts, but I can draw objects outright far more easily than I could using DraftSight.

There are excellent tutorials available, and an even better user community. There's not much I haven't been able to achieve with this inexpensive drawing tool...it is well worth the money invested!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Longtime User of DesignCAD November 14, 2011
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I have used DesignCAD in various versions since the late 1980's when it was called ProDesign(only 2-D), and used DesignCAD 3D since the late 1990's. I find DesignCAD to be a powerful yet inexpensive full-featured CAD program. I have successfully imported AutoCAD 3-D drawings contained over 10,000 individual elements. I have upgraded several times over 20 years and purchased the latest version for compatibility with Windows 7.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars About As Good As It Can Get June 3, 2012
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I bought DesignCAD 3DMAX in hope of rendering a mechanical drawing I'd made in PhotoShop of a flying saucer into a 3D image for my novel's book cover. I had no clue whether I could do this with the DesignCAD. I had no experience using CAD software, but I do have expertise in PhotoShop, and all that goes with years of taking just about any client file/artwork and turning it into something computer usable.

The the price of DesignCAD was a fraction of what it would cost me to have a professional graphic artist do the work. I decided to trust my computer literacy, and bought the software. I had little to lose and much to gain. I'd always wanted CAD software, and the independent reviews encouraged me.

When I got the software, I suspected the task might be impossible due to the incompatibility of PhotoShop files to DesignCAD. With absolutely no previous experience in CAD software, the tools were like a foreign language. However, I just plunged in to it.

The first three days were a series of frustrations and dead ends. I kept working at it. However! In less than a week, using only my experience in working around file transfer problems, and the Help of the software and provided reference manuals (totally inadequacy for learning how to use the software) I managed to get enough clues to finally render my flying saucer drawing into a perfectly satisfying 3D image. I consider that a wild success!

I can't guarantee your experience will be the same. All I can say is that I am very happy I purchased DesignCAD 3D Max.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
not for mac
Published 2 days ago by M. sullivan
3.0 out of 5 stars A little more than, a little less than
A useful CAD program, but it was far more than I needed at this time. I won't delete it, but all I was needing was a simple architectural design program that would allow 3D layout... Read more
Published 2 months ago by gotcha6
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My son's first exposure to autoCad and he loves it.
Published 2 months ago by One of 8
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It meets my expectations.
Published 3 months ago by lynn j. harter
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
hard to use
Published 5 months ago by Leo Anzaldua
4.0 out of 5 stars cad program
I have not really gotten into it but It looks like it has all the features I need. I am just going to use it for 2 D initially
Published 6 months ago by Eric Shaffer
4.0 out of 5 stars A great product!
I have used Design Cad for twenty five years, fifteen of those years very intensively designing components and complete buildable
mechanical and fluid power machines as well... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Razornoodle
2.0 out of 5 stars no tutorial
what good is software without any educational support? no book to learn with. No designcad for dummies. How do you sit in the cockpit of a plane and fly without instruction first? Read more
Published 10 months ago by Leezah
5.0 out of 5 stars Great software!!
If you know CAD this is easy to figure out how to use it. If you don't it can be difficult. It works very well for creating furniture.
Published 11 months ago by Sckinne
2.0 out of 5 stars Good, but could be a great deal better
The major drawback of this program is that it does not export your cad-3 design into an .stl or .obj file. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Jonathan A. Montgomery
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