The Complete Guide to Purchasing 3D CAD Software




You shouldn’t compromise your designs because your software isn’t performing to your standards. Your CAD Software should allow you to innovate and help you create a better product.


As you start your research for finding a better CAD Solution use our Buyer's Guide to help you determine what’s best for you and your team.

Determining a Need

If your 3D design team has low productivity, working in a multi-cad environment, or needs to go through a long process to get designs approved it may be time for a new CAD software.


Once you determine that you need a new solutions it’s important to make sure you and your team are on the same page about what you need your CAD Software to do.


Try asking questions like:


  1. Do you feel like your current CAD tool is stopping you from being as productive as you’d like?

  2. Is your current CAD system unreliable or slow?

  3. Are we going to have to create a product that has mechanical and electronic design component does?

  4. Is there a way of using an interactive efficiently with the people who you bought the software from?

  5. Can you buy something today that allows you to develop as time goes?


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Comparing and Evaluating Solutions

When comparing different 3D CAD Softwares it’s important to really be able to get to know the product and test out how it works.


There are typically two ways you and your team can test the software; Demos where you get some time and sit down with the provider and work through the task or Trials where you leverage the software for a period of time yourself.

Pricing: What to Expect

When looking for a new CAD software it’s important to know what you’re paying for. Consider how it will fit into your budget and also what tools you’re getting for the price.

There are two ways to purchase CAD Software; Subscription where you pay on an annual basis or a

Perpetual License where it’s yours forever.


When using a CAD Software there are also additional costs you need to consider before making a purchase; like Hardware. There’s software’s that need to be run in the company and you don’t expect to have to buy dedicated new machines every time there’s a different CAD system. Instead of paying for a new software you’d pay for new hardware.


Learn more about why you need to looking for when finding a new 3D CAD Solution by downloading our FREE eBook “The Complete Guide to Purchasing 3D CAD Software.”

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