Gone are the days, when people had to use pen and paper to model the design of a building or a product. Nowadays, whether you want to design a bridge or a building, a house, or a structure, CAD software will provide you with a platform to give life to your dream projects.

These CAD software systems are mostly useful for engineers, as they use them extensively to design and develop products to be used by consumers.

What is Engineering CAD Software?

Engineering CAD (Computer-Aided Design) software assists engineers in scheming and drafting parts, products, and constructions that can be done in two or three dimensions. Above all, CAD software allows designers to work more rapidly and smarter with minimum production costs.

Now that you are pretty much convinced to use cad software, you might be wondering about the best software for you.

Top engineering software of 2020 at a glance

Let’s have a look at the top engineering CAD software in 2020;

  1. Tinkercad

Whether you are a student or a professional, a beginner or an expert, Tinker cad is the best call for you. It offers a browser-based 3D CAD modeling tool that is appropriate for nearly any skill level and, by using this tool, engineers, specifically product engineers can develop the best products for life. Moreover, 3d printing.

  1. AutoCAD

If you want to build a highly creative and engaging piece of work, the Auto ad is the right choice for you. It can be used to create computer-aided designs or software applications including drafting. It provides both the 2D and 3D formats and highly advanced tools to design the software used in the industry, architecture, and project management.

AutoCAD is one of the most widespread CAD software out there. The most popular versions of AutoCAD are AutoCAD, AutoCAD Architecture, AutoCAD Civil 3D, AutoCAD Electrical, AutoCAD LT, AutoCAD Map 3D, AutoCAD MEP and AutoCAD Plant 3D.

  1. Fusion 360°

Do you want to collaborate with other design teams on complex projects? Well, the very unique Fusion 360 is a cloud-based 3D CAD program that enables you to even do that! it stores the complete account of the model including all the changes. It contains several design alternatives, including freeform, solid and mesh modeling. Furthermore, regular updates and new installments, make this project more significant. It runs on multiple platforms and allows users to access their information wherever they want. The software is most appreciated for its professional capabilities, user-friendly interface, and workflow.

  1. Solidworks

As this software is quite practical and detailed, it is often used by professional 3D designers for industrial objects. It includes an extensive variety of features in particular design validation tools, or reverse engineering. Solidworks uses a system of NURBS, which allows us to create very detailed curvatures.

  1. CorelCAD

This software is ideal for technical design workings that need in-depth elements. Furthermore, there are communication, collaboration, and productivity tools that allow designers to work together impeccably and achieve tasks faster. In addition to this, outputs can also be saved for later use. Moreover, this software also includes a mobile app that permits the allocation of drawings, on-site footnotes, and sketching anytime, anywhere.

  1. FreeCAD

FreeCAD is a parametric 3D modeler, exclusively offering you to design real-life objects of any size. It allows the precision and accuracy of work in 2d drawing measures to initiate the work process in 3D creation. Secondly, it includes the incorporation of BIM and other data analyses that improve the parametric design with preset or mechanical functions that are expedient and stimulating. Besides, it allows the user community to contribute to its developments and innovations.

  1. Creo

Creo is a highly flexible software, that is also remarkable at very complex geometry. The basic Creo package plus the Advanced Assy Extension (AAX) gives the users a very powerful suite of tools to work faster. CREO software handles every aspect of product design like concept development, design, and analysis. It also supports users’ communication with their clients, manufacturers, or technical publication.

  1. CATIA

CATIA is a French-designed, three-dimensional modeling tool. This tool is used to design various objects such as vehicles, buildings, components, etc. It offers extraordinarily specialized modules and stylish shape modeling, and, it also has 50+ Environments. Consequently, it is most popular among industries due to the wide amount of autonomy it offers including the multibody concept. However, this software is not very desirable in terms of ease of use.

  1. NX CAD

 NX CAD provides a pretty colorful interface and is emerging in the field as a good product. It also allows synchronous modeling which means you can edit files of other 3d design software such as Solidworks, Creo, etc. The prevalent marketing quality of NX is that its integrated NX has CAD CAE & CAM all in one, so it’s more convenient to do a complete product design than any other software currently on the market. Above all, it is also perfect for those wanting quicker prototyping with 3D printers. I would recommend, that engineering graduates who want to make a career in the domain of engineering design can go for NX CAD training.

  1. Cinema 4D

Be it 3D modeling, painting, animation, or just motion graphics, Cinema 4D is an all-in-one solution that services 3D artists in achieving spectacular results. It doesn’t only handle procedural/polygonal modeling and lighting but also allows the user to perform rendering, and texture with ease. The system is ideal not only for beginners but professionals as well. Because it provides a solution for fast-paced and modern 3D production. Cinema 4D helps users create cutting-edge illustrations, architectural and product visualizations, video game graphics, and 3D motion graphics.


Are you all set to use one of these software tools to create your engineering projects? Then, let us know, which software you are planning to use, to give your imaginations a realistic turn.

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Oluwagbemisola is the brain behind the "This Is Engineering" bootcamp. As the co-founder of Alo-Timeys Ltd, she is passionate about Engineering education in Nigeria and the impact of engineering in nation building.

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