CAD systems

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by MacMosher, Feb 13, 2006.

  1. macrumors 6502


    Jan 5, 2006

    What CAD systems are able to be run on mac?

    i.e. AutoCAD? Unigraphics?
  2. macrumors newbie


    Feb 8, 2006
    BB, Slovakia
    CAd Systems

    :p Try PowerCADD it's been there from the start and it's not that expensive, oh and don't forget the best one - vectorworks 12.
    There is a lot of other stuff also like TurboCAD an similar...:D :p
  3. big
    macrumors 65816


    Feb 20, 2002
    Just upgraded to PC7, been on it since PC4, its the bomb.
  4. macrumors member

    Jan 22, 2005
  5. macrumors regular

    Feb 25, 2004
    I use solidworks (PC) then use cinema 4d to render on mac. Its a great modeller to. Maxwell render is available on the mac, and is simply stunning.

    -Oh, and i really dont get on with vectorworks. More of a house layout program!
  6. macrumors 68020


    May 18, 2004
    Different CAD products are aimed at different markets which have different needs. VectorWorks is marketed foremost towards the construction industry whereas Solidworks is focused on product they come from two quite different starting points as software products.

    3 D modeling and CAD are often lumped together into one catagory which can be misleading because somebody who only needs 2 D drawing would most likely buy a different product than somebody who doesnt need 2 D drawing but requires modeling and rendering.

    If you go to>made4mac>2D/3D graphics & animation you'll find search catagories for both "CAD" and "3D Design & Modeling". Pick which interests you and you'll find a list of products.
  7. macrumors newbie

    Aug 13, 2005
    As far as product/industrial design, Ashlar Vellum's Argon is great. Its just like Rhino3D with some added functionality for the same price here in Australia, all up excellent value. I've haven't used the top-of-the-line Cobalt, but I think it would be pretty slick, great OSX integration and intuitiveness. They are currently porting their product line to intel mac but don't give a timeline, but they've had a development machine from early on.
  8. macrumors member

    Jul 21, 2004
    Horsham, West Sussex
    Goto architosh!

    Go to

    It's dedicated to CAD/3D/CAE/CAM/AEC on the Mac platform.

    I can tell you for a fact that AutoCAD is _not_ available. Autodesk appeear to be tightly locked into a Microsoft only world. They used to do unix versions, but not any more. It's a shame because they locked themselves out of the up-and-coming Linux platform. Even UGS PLM has startd to think about Linux as a serious platform now.

    However, there are CAD options for the Mac, and you find out them all at architosh.
  9. bib
    macrumors newbie

    Feb 11, 2006
    We're currently evaluating ConceptsUnlimited 3.0. I can see the limitations, but for most drafting, geometric and structured freeform surface & solid modeling, rendering, animation and so on, it's shaping up nicely. It also looks way cool like a proper osx app !!

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