Best mouse for CAD

Choosing the best mouse for CAD is an important task for designers. The mouse is the main input device which, as a CAD drafter, you will be spending approximately 8 hours a day holding. Here’s a run down of what you should consider while choosing the best

ePlan vs AutoCAD Electrical Comparison

A peculiar topic and discipline in the field of CAD, from designing electrical circuits to laying out electrical schematics for a building, electrical CADing is a complete industry all together. Electrical designing for all scales, forms, architectures and even more practical applications need a solid software package

Top 5 Open-Source FEA Softwares

We have covered a raft of CAD related articles on 12CAD.com. However, it is important to know that designing a product only serves as the first step in bringing it to life. In order for the product to survive the conditions of the environment and the application

Top 5 CAD Softwares for 3D Printing

3D CAD was an industry-shaking concept. And it’s no wonder that every bit of advancement in the field has ushered forth a new standard for builders and designers alike. Whether it be architects or product manufacturers, everybody saves time and money when creating soft prototypes before actual

Choosing the Best CAD Workstation Furniture

CAD furniture by itself is an extension of furniture and arrangements that maximize a CADer’s comfort during the experience. The furniture complements the person more than the software, as is the case when you’re building your workstation from scratch. The furniture allows you to house all your

Top Five Affordable CAD Software Packages in 2016

CAD nowadays refers to a broad variety of software packages which include everything from 2D illustration to virtual electrical-component testing. From simulations to renders and animation, every package brings with it new items and features, design techniques and tips and other workarounds or tweaks, CAD packages are

How Much Does Solidworks Cost?

SolidWorks is high end, industrial-grade 2D and 3D CAD design and illustration tool with simulation and industry-specific modules developed and built-in. Its user interface has won the hearts of many, and allows a much shorter learning curve as compared to the mammoth AutoCAD by Autodesk. Also, some

Guide to the Best CPU for CAD Workstation

The CPU is the core of your system unit. It is the source of all logical reasoning and processing power whilst maintaining a queuing mechanism stronger than any human mind or hand is capable of. This scheduling or queuing mechanism allows every nano-second’s worth of time to

Best CAD Packages For Linux

Linux is the open-source operating system, third in popularity in the category of commercial, off the shelf system software. Linux is robust and kernel based, and the fact that it is open source makes it the favorite for the developer community. Hence it is no surprise that Linux

3DConnexion SpacePilot Pro Review

Whether you are a CAD specialist or graphics designer, at some point you would come across some form of 3D mouse aimed at improving your work efficiency. The popularity and knowledge of such computer accessories although considered a bit arcane can not overshadow the efficacy of these

Best Graphics Card for CAD Programs in 2016

The graphics card or GPU is either the second or the third most important element to CADing, no matter what your experience or nature of the job. The GPU aids the processor by taking over the visual components freeing the CPU for its own workload. Nowadays, GPUs

Top Cloud-Based CAD Software Packages

One interesting topic of discussion is that of cloud-based CAD software packages. It’s no surprise that with the progress of time and technology, increasingly services and software are being shifted to the cloud for more than one reason. The reasons are credible and the option is a

Best RAM for CAD Workstations in 2016

RAM or Random Access Memory is the primary memory unit in a computer workstation, whether desktop, laptop or mobile device. It’s faster than your 2TB hard drive because it has no moving parts and can works faster than any other memory since it’s just electronic circuitry navigating

Best CAD SSD Reviews for 2016

Secondary memory, as we computer scientists call it, is one of the most neglected aspects of computing. Up until a few years ago, if you had enough space, that’s all that mattered. Even the transition from ATA to SATA wasn’t as phenomenal a shift, as was brought

Best CAD Keyboard Reviews for 2016

With CAD becoming increasingly popular it is hardly surprising to find computers and accessories tailored for CAD professionals. There is one accessory however that has not taken its turn towards CAD which is the CAD keyboard. Let me get this out of the way first. There is no such

Solidworks Composer Review

Once again, SolidWorks has outdone its self (atleast in my opinion), with the introduction of their technical communication package, the SolidWorks Composer. From SolidWorks’ die hard enthusiasts to newbie and non-technical users, the market is spread wide, and SolidWorks has aimed for that entire lot with this

Best Woodworking CAD Software Available in 2016

Woodwork is a specific discipline in the world of CAD, special due to the nature of production more than the nature of the development phase. For woodwork there are a number of options available for instance, SketchUp has a lot of material for furniture design. SolidWorks is

AutoCAD vs Blender: Head to Head Comparison

While both AutoCAD and Blender subsume under CAD yet there is remarkable difference between the two as Blender is a 3D computer graphics software serving fields related to animated films, visual effects, art, 3D printed models, interactive 3D applications and video games whilst Autocad is well known for

Solidworks vs Inventor: Head to Head Comparison

Another time, another place but same question. Which is better, Inventor or SolidWorks. It literally feels like ages having tried to get this across but the untimely nature of a question that makes you ponder about where you went wrong, gets the message across quite clearly. A

Revit vs Revit LT: The Showdown

Revit has the structure-based, architecture specific advantages over AutoCAD that a construction professional, architect or builder may be interested in. From Building Information Management (BIM) integration to pre-demolition planning features and functionality, Revit is for the architect/builder what AutoCAD is for the professional or hardcore-hobbyist engineering designer.