What CAD Software to Use?

The hardest part for a beginner who wants to learn how to use CAD software is what software to use. It’s because the first objective for most of us it the shortest learning curve and not deal with complicated learning phase. I’m not sure if everybody will agree with me as some of the top schools online probably teach differently, but that’s how I feel in the beginning phase of my learning. CAD software is a drafting tool for creating drawings which mostly applies to engineering or architectural drawings that need exact and accurate dimensions unlike raster images created by most image and photo editors like Adobe Photoshop. The software draws vector lines to draw and create accurate dimensions as small as a micron.

Since I was also an RC model airplane hobbyist on my teen years, I was also interested on how to design airplanes. I wanted to try Design CAD because thats what I see in RC model airplane enthusiast magazines way back then ( Just for the info, if you are also interested in model airplanes, visit my site Model Aeronautics for Dodos ). I have a friend in college who knows how to use AutoCAD and keep asking him if Design CAD is O.K. What he said is AutoCAD is better because the software is widely used and has a wide application unlike the Design CAD that focused only in Model Airplanes. Since my only goal is to learn how to draw, and since I have to order the Design CAD software in the U.S. I contented myself on learning AutoCAD. It was version 11 and the installation disks are those 5-1/2″ floppy disks back then in 1993 with a 386 computer. I’m not aware of internet then. It’s a blessing in disguise because my knowledge in AutoCAD have became my bread and butter.

So what CAD software to use? today it’s even harder to decide because there are hundreds of CAD software in the internet unlike before. Since AutoCAD is a general purpose CAD software, I think it’s a good start but since it’s very expensive, you might as well purchase a cheaper one and similar to AutoCAD.


#1 Travel Articles on 04.22.08 at 11:40 pm

I have been facinated with toy airplanes since I was young. Its just recent that toy models are so affordable that one can customize each model to your liking. had some experience with autocadd, its decent but there are better softwares in the market but expensive too..

#2 Julian Lopez on 03.11.10 at 4:43 am

Hi everyone! I’m from Mexico, and recently entered the DIY bussiness, so it was kind of hard find a software with low cost and high improvement, however I found Alibre Design, which has low prices, and high performance.

The standard license is less than 100usd.

Give it a try! alibre.com

#3 Eva Alva on 03.23.10 at 12:07 am

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#4 EP on 05.01.10 at 7:02 pm

hi everybody
i am happy with 4m intellicad

#5 John Brooks on 08.20.14 at 3:34 pm


We use AutoCAD by AutoDesk for cad drafting works.


#6 Fix Plans on 08.26.14 at 2:41 pm

First of all i want to thank you for this nice post. IntelliCAD is a very good CAD software but their are too many softwares available in the market which are available at a very cheap price like turbocad, designcad.

Anyhow great post and keep posting.

Thanks again.

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