Award-winning CAD Solution
DesignCAD 3D MAX is a versatile, easy-to-use 2D/3D CAD tool that’s perfect for novice designers, but powerful enough to create high-quality designs, models and animations. It’s everything you need to design anything, from simple hobby projects to professional precision drawings.
- Award-winning 2D/3D CAD Solution
- Easy Rendering & Animation
- Intuitive User Interface
- Extensive Online Help
- Windows 64-bit & 32-bit compatible
- AutoCAD® & SketchUp® Read/Write File Filters
- Optimized for 3D Printing
This latest release offers better management of blocks, symbols, and image files. It now supports the addition of custom properties to drawings and drawing entities. A Flicker-Free GDI Draw option has been added, and many more improvements to optimize drawing. Plus DesignCAD 3D MAX 2016 offers AutoCAD DWG/DXF file interoperability improvements, and nows supports both import and export of SketchUp files making it easier than ever to share your work with others.
Design everything from furniture, decks, floor plans and architectural drawings to engineering layouts, electronic schematics, plats, maps, elevations and even toys for hobbies.
Easy to Learn & Use 2D/3D Design
Versatile 2D/3D CAD Solution
DesignCAD 3D MAX is a general purpose CAD tool for easily creating precise, high-quality 2D designs, 3D models, renders and animations. Design everything from furniture, decks, floor plans and architectural drawings to engineering layouts, electronic schematics, plats, maps, elevations and even toys for hobbies.
Easy to Use 2D Drafting & Design
Intuitive yet sophisticated editing tools, advanced geometric construction capabilities, drawing short cut keys and complete layer management make 2D drafting a breeze.
- Usability Tools
- Workspace Tools
- Drawing Tools
- Editing and Measuring
- Dimension Tools
- Groups, Blocks, Symbols and more!
Precision 3D Modeling
Access a full range of powerful 3D modeling primitives, including box, sphere, hemisphere, pyramid, cylinder, cone and torus. Utilise Boolean operations, including solid add, solid subtract, and slice, to shape your 3D parts, now with a new option to limit solid Boolean operations to pre-selected entities only for greater control. Add materials to your model to create presentation ready designs.
- 3D View Settings
- 3D Primitives
- 3D (Solid) Editing Operations
- 3D Visualisation
Realistic Visualization and Lighting
Apply a variety of colors, materials, textures and texture maps. Render your 3D models with transparency, fogging, shading, and light effects for added impact.
- Shadow Tool - smooth the edges of rendered shadows
- Procedural Textures - add marble, wood, cement, grain, patch, perlin noise, brick, cells or wood extended textures to your designs
- Image Fills - Use an image as a fill pattern
Animation & Walkthroughs
Create stunning animated presentations with a moving view of your 3D model.
Powerful & Complete
DesignCAD 3D Max comes with more than 10,000 2D/3D symbols to quickly drag and drop into your design.
3D Model Content for Easier Architectural Design
Access 600 editable 3D models to quickly drag and drop into your architectural designs. Each colorful, fully texture-mapped symbol can be modified to your exact specification.
- 129 structural models – doors and hardware, windows and window treatments, fireplaces, wood moldings and more
- 234 kitchen items – cabinets, appliances, faucets, sinks, counters and more
- 52 bath items – tubs, faucets, sinks, vanities and more
- 134 residential items – furniture, lighting fixtures and home décor
- 51 office items – desks, file & storage cabinets, tables, shelving and more
DesignCAD utilises layers that can be independently switched on and off in order for users to have a better visibility of the drawing. For example, if you just need to see the outline of a component, switch off other layers containing center lines, dimensions, etc.
DesignCAD can also lock layers, so that they are visible but not editable, in order to prevent accidental changes to the locked layer. Some features of objects, such as color or linestyle, can also be controlled on a per-layer basis.
Group Editor in Info Box
View the internal structure of a group and any subgroups, and simply reorganise contents without having to explode it. Group editing options include:
- Move highlighted group members or entire subgroups to a different layer.
- Remove individual objects or an entire subgroup from the topmost group (Extract).
- Move objects between sub-groups of the topmost group (Move To).
- Collapse an entire group hierarchy to a single-level group (Unnested).
Windows 64-bit & 32-bit Compatible
DesignCAD can be installed as either a 32-bit or 64-bit application. The 32-bit version has always been limited to using 2 GB of RAM, even when running on 64-bit versions of Windows with 4GB or more of RAM. The 64-bit version can access the larger amounts of RAM that are usually available on 64-bit systems, enabling you to create, edit, and render much larger drawings than you can with the 32-bit version.
Accelerated Drawing Performance
For greater speed, DesignCAD 3D MAX offers an enhanced RedSDK mode which leverages the power of modern graphics cards to zoom, pan, and rotate your designs up to 30 times faster than using the OpenGL mode! RedSDK is available in wireframe mode as well as with shaded and hidden-line 3D views.
Select two DesignCAD drawings or .BMP images, and Drawing Compare will perform a visual comparison of the two. It’s an invaluable aid when working collaboratively on a project, or when picking up an older project and looking to see the status of updates. Use it to compare a design and an As Built drawing to see where changes have been implemented.
Added Flexibility when Sharing Your Work
- Print Section - Print only a specified region of the drawing.
- Print Scale Options - Select from a standard set of print scale options or create your own.
- Enhanced Print to PDF - Print multiple panels to PDF format to create a multipage PDF file.
- User Notes – Add notes to any drawing
- Save for Sharing - When you save a drawing, all files referenced externally (textures, symbols, images) are saved to a subfolder with the host drawing’s name.
- Paper Space Mode – Create a view frame and choose a specific scale or enter a custom view frame scale.
Interoperable & Extendable
AutoCAD® DWG/DXF Compatible and more
Work with the latest AutoCAD® files. Import/Export AutoCAD® files from R12 through 2016 and enjoy excellent compatibility with AutoCAD® layouts and PaperSpace, plus support for AutoCAD® layers, linestyles, views, and blocks in both DXF and DWG file formats. DesignCAD even offers limited support for architectural objects, which are recognised and exploded to DesignCAD equivalents.
New Import/Export SketchUp Files
DesignCAD 3D MAX is now able to both import and export drawings to/from the .SKP format for use with SketchUp versions 3.0 to 2015.
STL Support for 3D Printing - Import and export 3D models in STL format, one of the most commonly used file formats for 3D printing.
Import/Export OBJ Files - OBJ files are a common means of exchanging 3D models, and can be used by many other CAD and solid- or surface-modelling programs. Note that DesignCAD's OBJ capabilities are limited to geometry only; materials and texture mapping are not supported.
Triangulate Surface Command
Reduce all faces of a Solid Surface object to triangles, helpful when converting the drawing to a different drawing format like OBJ, DWG, DXF, STL, SKP.
More Vector Formats Supported – In addition to those listed above, DesignCAD can also import WMF, HPGL, and XYZ and export or save to WMF, HPGL, RIB, VRML, WPG and PDF.
GIF Image Support and More – DesignCAD also supports several image formats including .BMP, .TIF, .JPG, .TGA, .PCX, .PNG, and .GIF
Use the built-in BasicCAD scripting language, or OLE Automation, or both, to add new tools and enhancements to DesignCAD.
New SketchUp Import
Now users can both import and export drawings to/from the .SKP format for use with SketchUp version 3.0 to 2015.
New Insert Manager
Quickly review and manage all blocks, symbols, and image files referenced or embedded in a drawing.
Improved Blocks Management – Get a visual list of all blocks present in a drawing. Access and edit block information more quickly and easily than ever before. Sort blocks by Name, ID, or Reference Counts and easily copy this information to the clipboard. Right-click the Reference Counts lines to see context menus of the categories—Direct, Indirect, and In Definition. Three editing operations—Open in Block Editor, Delete, and Insert—allow you to quickly make almost any change (with some limitations) without the distraction of other drawing entities.
Improved Image Management – Similar to the Blocks tab, the new Image tab of the Insert Manager makes it easy to access and edit the raster images in a design. Additional sort options include sort by Path, Index, and Embedded fields.
Improved Symbols Management - The Symbols tab of the Insert Manager has the same features as the Images tab, and also has the Open in Block Editor button, just like the Blocks tab.
New Custom Properties
DesignCAD now supports the addition of custom properties to drawings and to drawing entities. Custom Properties are bits of text that are identified by a combination of a Key and a Name field. This is a means of adding "invisible" text information to a drawing or an object. These custom properties can be viewed and edited manually by means of a Custom Properties dialog, or processed by code via BasicCAD macros or OLE Automation programs.
New Flicker-Free GDI Draw
A new option for Flicker-Free GDI Draw uses special optimisations to speed up the draw of wide lines in GDI wireframe views. The difference is particularly notable under Windows 7 if you have transparency enabled.
Improved AutoCAD DWG/DXF File Interoperability
Continued improvements and bug fixes have been added and/or corrected for smooth file sharing with .DWG and .DXF file formats.
DesignCAD 3D Max 2016 Upgrade requires at least one installed version DesignCAD 3D Max v18 thru v25 be on your computer at the time your install DesignCAD.
DesignCAD 3D Max is delivered in a 64-bit version to take full advantage of your hardware’s available computer memory to load, process, and render CAD files. A 32-bit version is also available if required by your hardware.
64-bit System Requirements:
Microsoft Windows 10, Windows 8* 64-bit, Windows 7 (64-bit), Vista** (64-bit) - 2GB RAM; 750 MB free hard drive space
32-bit System Requirements:
Microsoft Windows 10, Windows 8*, Windows 7, Windows Vista**, Windows XP** - 1GB RAM; 750 MB free hard drive space
*DesignCAD is designed for desktops or laptops that meet the indicated system requirements. Windows RT technology for use on tablets is not supported.
** 32-bit version of DesignCAD may also run on XP and Vista platforms; however, these platforms are no longer being officially supported.
Your experience with DesignCAD will be greatly enhanced with a newer generation, higher speed CPU; 4+ GB RAM; Large display resolution and graphics support; Internet connection for online features and content; Supported graphic processing unit (either a chip on the board, or on a video card) required to use the GPU-accelerated Redsdk render modes. For a list of RedSDK supported cards and drivers, visit http://www.redway3d.com/pages/GPUList.php.