An easy way to evaluate mid-range CAD systems

Evaluating numerous sophisticated CAD packages can be a daunting and time consuming process. To help out, design engineering managers might consider a new report from TechniCom that reviews five leading mid-range mechanical CAD systems. These are systems that offer variable driven solid modelling, drafting and assembly modelling for less than £7000. The idea behind the 35 benchmark tests described in the report is that engineering departments will be able to get a good idea of the systems that are going to be suitable for their environments before they do their own trials.

The report includes charts of the ratings, details on how the modellers performed and graphically shows results of the tests. TechniCom says that only 20 months ago, these midrange systems cost more than £20,000 and they expect this market to expand as even more software makes its way to market, putting greater pressure on companies selling high-end systems.

One benchmark result described in the report is the testing of several functions in various tests, for example building complex fillets in at least four test steps. When the results were in, TechniCom divided the functional ratings into four general categories: sketching, modelling, drawing/visualisation and assemblies.

Copies of the report are available from TechniCom and interested readers can also visit the company’s web site at