More than an AutoCAD alternative
Design freely with BricsCAD, the most cost-effective CAD software with .dwg compatibility, flexible licensing, and superior performance.
Price starting from AED 1,159/year.
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BricsCAD enables every drafter, engineer, architect, surveyor, and designer to achieve more for a lower total cost. Upgrade from AutoCAD to BricsCAD in just one hour and be productive in less than one day.
Cost-effective and no forced subscriptions
Unlike other CAD software, BricsCAD offers the most flexible CAD licensing model. Choose between perpetual licenses or subscriptions, network or standalone. Or mix them together to get an environment that makes sense for you.
Best of all? A BricsCAD perpetual license is about half the price of a yearly subscription of AutoCAD®.
BricsCAD opens and saves DWG files directly, delivering the highest degree of compatibility with AutoCAD®. Bricsys is a founding member of the Open Design Alliance, the approved second source for AutoCAD® DWG compatibility, so you never have to worry about compatibility issues or loss of data between systems. You can open a DWG file within your current CAD system, work on it in BricsCAD, save it, and then open it in your other CAD system with no conversions.
Instantly familiar to AutoCAD® users
BricsCAD has full command, script, macro, and menu compatibility with AutoCAD® 2022. Move to BricsCAD, and your current menus, scripts and LISP routines will run directly with zero changes.
You won’t have to change your standard printers, templates, blocks, or sheet sets to adopt BricsCAD® – bring them into BricsCAD and feel right at home, right away. You can use these tools just like you normally would. Use your muscle memory to get started with BricsCAD in an hour and be efficient in a day.
Automatic configuration and customization transfer
In BricsCAD, all your standard configurations and custom apps still work (i.e., CTB/STB files, layer states, templates, utilities, etc.). Just point BricsCAD to their location on your servers or copy them to the appropriate BricsCAD folder on your local machine.
Supported file formats
Your custom assets are where the work-saving productivity resides … especially for your users. By supporting these formats, we allow you to bring your workflows into BricsCAD directly with little to no effort.
Intelligent CAD tools for more efficient workflows
BricsCAD® isn’t just an AutoCAD alternative – it’s a rapidly evolving CAD software that incorporates artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms to help improve your workflows.
Convert repeated geometry to Block Definitions
BLOCKIFY automatically creates a block definition and replaces all matching sets of entities with block references throughout your entire drawing. You can reduce DWG file size up to 90% by using Blockify to find repetitive geometry and converting it into block references.
Direct and Parametric 3D modeling
BricsCAD offers a hybrid 3D approach of direct and parametric modeling. You can create 3D solids using familiar direct modeling tools, but also apply 3D constraints and parameters to your model to control your design intent, providing the best of both worlds! With Auto-Parametrize, you can automatically create fully constrained, parametric 3D models, with just a click.
The Quad: drawing, editing, and information near the cursor
BricsCAD’s unique Quad is a “head-up” command palette that predicts your command usage and offers one-click access to the command you’ll likely need next. Powered by machine learning, the Quad predicts the commands you will need, based on the unique way you use BricsCAD.
Parametric Blocks: a dynamic approach to creating 2D or 3D Blocks
Parametric blocks automate repetitive tasks by allowing users to create one block instead of lots of similar, separate block definitions. You can create both 2D and 3D block definitions using the same set of tools and workflow that you are familiar with.
Automatically align copied entities
COPYGUIDED automatically aligns copied entities to relevant geometry using automatically generated guide curves. You can explicitly select entities to use as guide curves or let BricsCAD determine them based on the drawing elements in your selection.
You can automatically generate associative orthographic and standard isometric views of your 3D models, with full control over the layout and style of the views. Then, use the powerful detailing tools in BricsCAD to document your designs.
View the distance between any two entities, and move the second one by simply typing in a new distance value. This happens without needing to start a command. Additionally, the aligned nearest distances along the X-, Y- and Z-axes of the WCS display when you double-click an element in your drawing.
Point Cloud Visualization
BricsCAD uses an improved data representation to speed up the performance of point cloud display, using half the disk space versus the point cloud source files. Point clouds in .ptx, .pts, .las and .rcp formats are pre-processed to our .vrm project file format in the background, on your machine. There is no productivity loss as you can continue working during the caching process.
Civil Engineering foundation
Civil design capabilities in the BricsCAD platform provide a solid basis for civil engineering, with a set of fundamental but powerful design tools and data connectivity for specialist app developers to create high value workflows for our customers.
*BricsCAD Lite and BricsCAD Pro are registered trademarks of Bricsys NV. ©2021 All rights reserved. DWG is the native file format for Autodesk’s AutoCAD® software and is a trademark of Autodesk, Inc.