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What are some popular 3-D CAD drawing programs?

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Popular 3-D CAD drawing programs are Sketchup Pro, TurboCAD Deluxe, AutoCAD, ZWCAD Plus and DesignCAD 3-D Max. Other highly rated 3-D CAD software include BricsCAD, SolidWorks, AllyCAD and ViaCAD 2-D/3-D. Some top-rated engineering CAD programs include Catia, progeCAD Professional, Fusion 360, Solid Edge and Revit.

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Autodesk AutoCAD is a leading 2-D and 3-D computer-aided design software. The software features numerous 3-D design tools and documentation capability. It offers smart dimensioning, 3-D freeform design, surface analysis, surface curve extraction and PressPull tools. Available for Windows and Mac operating systems, AutoCAD provides Professional, Preferred and Preferred Plus desktop subscription plans.

TurboCAD Deluxe features an easy-to-use interface with customization options and supports command line and macro operations. The software offers editing tools such as a layer manager, point marker, extrude function and polar tracking. It also includes hatching and rendering tools for architectural designing. TurboCAD supports PDF, DWG, WMF, SKP and DXF file formats.

Dassault Systemes SolidWorks provides advanced 3-D design solutions for product development and engineering. It features a range of tools, including sheet metal design, mold design, weldments, surfacing and cast part design.

SketchUp Pro features customizable tool palettes, a setup manager, lighting effects, animation tools, and color and text editors. The software’s 3D Warehouse features numerous downloadable 3-D models.

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