View Poll Results: Which CAD program(s) do you use right now?
A9CAD (Free) 9 0.64%
Alibre Design 47 3.32%
Ashlar-Vellum (Argon, Cobalt) 10 0.71%
AutoCAD 2000 through 2009 183 12.94%
AutoCAD 2009 LT 28 1.98%
AutoCAD v.10 (DOS) 4 0.28%
AutoCAD v.12 (DOS & Windows) 10 0.71%
AutoCAD v.13 (Windows) 14 0.99%
AutoCAD v.14 (Windows) 79 5.59%
AutoDesk 3D Studio Max 5.0 15 1.06%
AutoDesk AutoSketch 9 8 0.57%
Autodesk Inventor 120 8.49%
Becker Cad 1 0.07%
Becker Cad Pro 0 0%
BobCAD 23 1.63%
CADKey / KeyCreator 14 0.99%
CADRA 1 0.07%
CadStd lite 8 0.57%
CadStd pro 2 0.14%
Caligary Truespace 2 0.14%
Catia 81 5.73%
CoCreate Modeling Personal Edition (Free) 8 0.57%
DesignCAD 2-D for DOS 4 0.28%
DesignCAD 2-D for Windows 9 0.64%
DesignCAD 3000 DesignCAD 3DMax v.17 18 1.27%
DesignCAD 3-D for DOS 2 0.14%
DesignCAD 97 for Windows 1 0.07%
devCAD 37 2.62%
DoubleCadXT (Free, emulates AutoCAD) 9 0.64%
Euclid 0 0%
FastCAD 4 0.28%
Flight Simulator Design Studio (FSDS) 1 0.07%
Generic CADD 4 0.28%
Modo 401 by Luxology 3 0.21%
MoI (Moment of Inspiration) 3D 4 0.28%
ProE 63 4.46%
progeCAD 10 0.71%
Qcad 25 1.77%
Rhino 3.0 23 1.63%
Rhino 4.0 128 9.05%
Sketchup (Free) 202 14.29%
Solid Edge 2D 10 0.71%
Solid Edge 26 1.84%
Solidworks 1997 through 2008 288 20.37%
Tsplines (Rhino plug-in) 8 0.57%
TurboCAD Deluxe 53 3.75%
TurboCAD Deluxe 10 15 1.06%
TurboCAD Designer 14 0.99%
Turbocad Designer V7 3 0.21%
TurboCAD Pro 45 3.18%
Turbocad Pro v. 14.2, with Mechanical pack 6 0.42%
Other 308 21.78%
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Jan 14, 2010, 09:35 AM
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Which CAD program (s) do you use?

Vote for the program (s) you are actually using to design models today. You can vote for more than one, but please restrict your votes to programs you are actively using today -- not the programs you no longer rely upon. If your CAD software is not on the list, please tick "other" and then post the name of the software below. Thank you for your vote and your help.

Note that this is CAD software only. We can run separate polls for CAM and CNC.
Last edited by mcg; Jan 14, 2010 at 10:15 AM.
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Jan 14, 2010, 09:42 AM
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TurboCad 4.1 on Linux via Wine
TurboCad Deluxe v10 on Windows

Jan 14, 2010, 10:10 AM
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Die hard Bentley MicroStation user.
Jan 14, 2010, 12:42 PM
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Corel Draw is NOT featured, and I use it extensively.

So that's a mess up for a start.

No point in voting at all.
Jan 14, 2010, 01:43 PM
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I thought Corel Draw was a drawing program. Seems to me that if so, those would go into a distinct poll. Anyway, sorry it isn't on the list. Michael
Jan 14, 2010, 02:19 PM
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Originally Posted by mcg
I thought Corel Draw was a drawing program. Seems to me that if so, those would go into a distinct poll. Anyway, sorry it isn't on the list. Michael
I thought CAD meant computer aided design

If that isn't a list of drawing programs, I don't know what is.

I guess all of those models being sold out there,drawn on Corel, aren't really CAD designed after all.

You had better tell the laser cutter manufacturers who like to talk to Corel, that they are using a drawing program, that isn't suitable for proper design, as well.


You had better tell Microsoft that since their operating system is ALSO suitable for playing games, they shouldn't sell it as suitable to run CAD programs on.
Jan 14, 2010, 04:29 PM
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I will apologize again then. No criticism of CorelDRAW is intended. None. It was a sin of omission to leave it off the list but that’s all it was.

I invited a review of the list the day before I launched the poll. That would have been the best time to point out this or any other problem. Regrettably a poll cannot be edited, or we would simply go in and fix it.

Jan 14, 2010, 05:29 PM
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I've never used them myself, but the vector drawing programs seem very popular for cad. Like for signs, vinyl cutting and most importantly laser cutting. If you look up any laser cutting service, normally they will have a favorte cad and vector format listed. For example, I did a quick google and this company uses CorelDRAW 12 and TurboCAD professional version 11:

Jan 16, 2010, 01:10 AM
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Hi guys, thought id also mention silo, its a 3d modeling cad program, inexpensive and very easy to use. its kind of like blender but way easier to use . Graham
Jan 22, 2010, 09:37 PM
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I'm now current with AutoCAD LT 2010. Work real good... I work for an Engineering firm and Use AutoCAD Land Desktop 2005, 2007 & 2008, AutoCAD Civil 3D 2008 and AutoCAD Civil 3D 2010
Jan 22, 2010, 10:30 PM
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additional program

I occasionally use Art of illusion. It is not strictly a CAD porogram but can be used for final presentation of three D models including animation. Its a freeware open acccess program.
Jan 23, 2010, 09:15 PM
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Nice to see so many Solidworks users! And I'm not sure why the poll only includes SW 2008. We're using SW 2009 and we will switch to 2010 very soon.
Jan 26, 2010, 02:58 PM
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24+ people using Solid Works. Maybe it should have it's own thread, with tips and tricks etc.
Jan 28, 2010, 03:21 AM
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Solidworks 2006 mostly, and AutoCAD Mechanical 6 seldom.
Jan 29, 2010, 06:09 PM
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I use Compufoil as well, DXf into ACAD and fine tune

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