DraftSight

DraftSight 2D CAD Drafting and 3D Design

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What is DraftSight?

DraftSight is an intuitive, easy to learn an 2D and 3D CAD solution, that allows users to create, interact, edit and mark up any kind of 2D drawing file, with a familiar and easy to learn interface, making it the ideal solution for Architecture, Engineering & Construction providers, as well as professional CAD users, designers, educators and hobbyists. Some of the benefits of Using DraftSight, include Working with DWG file compatability, working with suppliers drawings, mark up documents and share data.

Why use DraftSight?

While many companies are transitioning to 3D modelling such as SOLIDWORKS in order to support new technologies and improve design, many companies still rely on 2D based technology’s, meaning that they need a way to to maintain and improve on their 2D data workflows, support their manufacturing techniques and maintain and improve upon 2D legacy data. DraftSight is not only a solution to this but is also improves upon other 2D CAD software which often frustrates users with high cost, forced subscription and a feeling of limited returns from their investments.

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Which DraftSight 2D CAD Drafting and 3D Design Software package is right for you?

DraftSight Standard
£79/yr

DraftSight provides many of the useful industry standard drafting tools to satisfy drafting and drawing. This is includes commonly used drawing elements and modify tools, external referencing on drawings and printing capabilities.

DraftSight Professional
£159/yr

For users who need a higher grade drafting solution, particularly for those that have automated, customized or integrated their current DWG-based CAD system using API’s. DraftSight Professional also includes industry-standard content that can be added to a document with ease.

DraftSight Premium
£399/yr

DraftSight premium Includes all the functionality and power of DraftSight professional, DraftSight premium is an all-in-one, collaborative CAD solution to effortlessly go from 2D drafting to 3D modeling within the same environment, and to seamlessly connect to other solutions and services.

DraftSight Enterprise

For users who need a professional grade drafting solution, that works across a large multitude of user and/or sites.

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DraftSight Comparison
Product feature Standard Std Professional Pro Premium Prem
+2D Design Tools
  • Create basic elements such as lines, polylines, arcs, circles, ellipses, layers, blocks, and others.
Yes Yes Yes
+2D Documentation Tools
  • Create basic annotation elements such as notes, dimensions, tables, hatches, clouds, and others.
Yes Yes Yes
+Community Resources
  • Offer learning resources and a collaborative environment to interact with your peers, ask questions, and share opinions.
Yes Yes Yes
+PDF Underlay
  • Attach pages of a PDF document to a drawing.
Yes Yes Yes
+Toolbox
  • Quickly generate hardware, holes, balloons, Bills of Materials (BOMs), welding and surface finish symbols.
Yes Yes
+Batch Printing
  • Send a set of drawings and sheets to printers in a batch job.
Yes Yes
+Drawing Compare
  • Compare graphically similar entities between two drawing documents.
Yes Yes
+Power Trim
  • Trim multiple, adjacent entities by dragging the pointer across each entity.
Yes Yes
+G-Code Generator
  • Communicate with a CNC machine for fabrication.
Yes Yes
+DGN Import
  • Directly import and convert the DGN file format drawing into a DraftSight project for direct editing.
Yes Yes
+DraftSight APIs
  • Allow end users or third-party developers to customise and automate DraftSight.
Yes Yes
+Image Tracer
  • Convert an imported raster image file (ex. floor plan, logo) into vectorized line entities.
Yes Yes
+Using Formulas in Table Cells
  • Use formulas in cells with arithmetic operators and the Sum, Average, and Count functions.
Yes Yes
+Trimming of Hatches and Gradients
  • Trim hatches and gradients with the Trim and PowerTrim commands.
Yes Yes
+3D Modeling Tools
  • Introduces 3D modeling using basic geometrical shapes (ex. Box, Pyramid) or other methods (ex. Extrude, Revolve) with Boolean operations (e.g. Union, Subtract).
Yes
+2D Constraints
  • Use 2D Constraints to control drawing entities parametrically by specifying geometric and dimensional properties of entities.
Yes
FAQs on DraftSight

DraftSight 2019 gives users even more freedom with their 2d drafting and 3D designs. Users create, edit, view and markup any kind of 2d and 3D DWG file. With its similar user interface, users can quickly transition from whatever Cad system they currently use.

  • DraftSight standard: Ability to paste onto the active layer, Insert centerlines, delete supplicate entities, quick modify and importing PDF’s into drawings
  • DraftSight professional: Using equations and formulas in tables, managing attributes of blocks, Viewport layer Freezing, image inserting and tracing functionality, 3D Experience marketplace integration, and homeByme integration
  • DraftSight Premium: Full 3D Capabilities with 2D Geometric relations and Dimensional Constraints
  • DraftSight Enterprise: All features in DraftSight Professional plus a Network License, Deployment Tool, and Technical Support
  • DraftSight Enterprise Plus: All features in DraftSight Premium plus a Network License, Deployment Tool, and Technical Support

DraftSight standard, DraftSight professional, and DraftSight premium can be purchased on this link. All are available as a 12 month term licensing. DraftSight Enterprise and enterprise plus can be purchased by contacting your reseller and can be bought as a 12 month subscription or with a onetime fee, with a yearly maintenance fee.

Yes there is a 30 day trial of DraftSight premium which can be accessed by following this link, to install for Windows.

If you are running a free version of DraftSight (2018 or older), you may continue to use it until the 31st of December 2019. You may activate your free version once after this date. All free versions of DraftSight will no longer be available for download after the 31st of December 2019.

Please note that if you download a trial, or purchase DraftSight 2019, you will not be able to re-download any previous free version of DraftSight

There is ongoing development for Linux and Mac, however currently no version of DraftSight is available for Mac and Linux.

If you are a current DraftSight professional user, you may continue your subscription plan as purchased.

Users who are non-subscription members of DraftSight may continue to use their version of DraftSight professional. If you’d like to renew and get DraftSight 2019 Professional you must:

  • If you’re within 12 months of your subscription from your initial purchase date, you may download DraftSight 2019 and reactivate the license to get the latest version.
  • If your 12-month access to features and upgrades has expired, you’ll need to renew your serial number.

Users of DraftSight standard, DraftSight professional and DraftSight Premium can purchase DraftSight Prosumer which includes support through a range of uses such as installation, activation, configuration, and usage support via email and telephone. Can be purchased as a 3 month license or a 12 month license.

DraftSight is an excellent options for educational institutes and comes available as DraftSight Enterprise plus for Education, which consist of Classroom Packs and campus Packs, which can be purchased from your resellers.

For Students alone, DraftSight standard is an extremely affordable option to students.

Existing users do not need to pay the perpetual license cost (PLC), only the maintenance Annual License Cost (ACL).

DraftSight 2019 currently supports the following languages:

  • English
  • ified Chinese
  • tional Chinese
  • Czech
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Spanish
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Polish
  • Brazilian
  • Portuguese
  • Turkish
  • Russian.

You’re able to upgrade at any time to DraftSight 2019 Premium by purchasing a new subscription online, or to DraftSight 2019 Enterprise and Enterprise Plus by contacting your reseller. At this time there is no way to downgrade.

Previous versions of DraftSight cease to run after the 31st December 2109, and are thus no longer available.

Yes a variety of learning resources can be found at DraftSight.com

DraftSight 2019 Standard, DraftSight Professional and DraftSight Premium are all activated by entering a purchased serial number during installation (this requires internet connection). DraftSight Enterprise and DraftSight Enterprise Plus g through your reseller, by choosing an SNL (SOLIDWORKS Network License) or DSLS (Dassault Systèmes License Server) network license.

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