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TurboCAD is 2D and 3D CAD software sold in many different editions, including Deluxe, Expert, and ProPlatinum.

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TurboCAD has proven to be a versatile and reliable software for a wide range of design purposes. Users have utilized TurboCAD for creating and manipulating 3D objects, including basic drawings, floor plans, and architectural designs. The software has also been recommended as an advanced 2D and 3D software that is more affordable than other options, with easy-to-find and manipulate tools. TurboCAD has been praised for its compatibility with 3D printers and its usefulness in visually communicating concepts.

Additionally, TurboCAD has been used for various purposes such as drawing building plans, designing custom guitar bodies, and creating graphic design elements. It has also been found to be a valuable tool for hobby woodworking, allowing users to save time in designing projects. Users appreciate the precision and ease of use of TurboCAD when communicating concepts to factories and producing tooling designs.

Furthermore, TurboCAD has been effectively used in combination with other TurboCAD products for making presentations, developing prototypes, and feeding CNC machines. The software's value, ease of use, and versatility have been praised by users in designing 3D and 2D models. TurboCAD's easy-to-use interface appeals to both inexperienced beginners and expert users. The program's tools make it easy for users to convert drawings into various formats based on customer requirements. It also enables collaboration and work on DWG and Sketchup files from clients. Overall, TurboCAD provides users with confidence in their drawings while offering a relatively small learning curve and great price accessibility.

Users in various industries have found TurboCAD useful for their day-to-day operations. Whether it's office and warehouse floor plans, building wiring schematics, mechanical part design, or even transcribing older mechanical drawings into 3D objects, TurboCAD proves to be a valuable resource. Its blocks feature ensures accuracy throughout the design process, addressing errors efficiently.

The ability to export 3D models from Sketchup into TurboCad has been particularly valuable for users in the custom furniture industry, as it facilitates CNC machining. The software's wide range of tools and menus allows users to design new products and perform complex design work. It excels in accuracy and the ability to bring in manufacturer's parts to scale, ensuring precise controls for manipulating position and accurately representing real-life objects and measurements. With TurboCAD, users can visualize environments before beginning work, maximizing functionality, and confidently producing high-quality designs.

Powerful 3D Tool: Many users have found TurboCAD to be a very powerful 3D tool, with its physics engine and realistic manipulation of materials receiving high praise. It has been recommended by numerous reviewers who emphasized the importance of taking advantage of the tutorials and training offered to fully utilize the software's capabilities.

Simple and Accessible: Users appreciate TurboCAD for its simplicity and inclusion of basic features like project, extrude, explode, and dimensions. They find that it has all the CAD functionality needed for day-to-day work tasks. Additionally, TurboCAD is highlighted as extremely simple and easy to use for both drawing and 3D modeling, making it accessible to a wide range of users.

Affordable and Cost-effective: Many reviewers mention that TurboCAD is an affordable option compared to other CAD software programs. Its one-time payment licensing model, flexible import/export file format support, and availability of knowledge bases, video tutorials, and active user forums contribute to its cost-effectiveness. Users find that it provides good value for money without compromising on essential design tools.

Multiplicity of versions: Many users have found the multiplicity of available versions of TurboCAD to be confusing, especially for first-time users. This has made it difficult for them to choose the right version that suits their needs and has resulted in frustration.

Non-intuitive user interface: The user interface of TurboCAD was not considered to be user-friendly and overwhelming for beginners. Some users mentioned that certain functionalities were difficult to use and not intuitive, requiring a lot of initial knowledge. This has made it challenging for novice users to navigate through the software effectively.

Lack of customer support: There were complaints about the lack of customer support and difficulty in getting in touch with tech support when needed. While one user had a positive experience with customer support, mentioning that they received helpful tips and workarounds from a knowledgeable representative, another user had a negative experience stating that they received no assistance and were only asked to reinstall the software. This inconsistency in customer support has left some users feeling frustrated and unsupported.

Users recommend TurboCAD for working with DWG files or other CAD formats, as well as for its affordability and powerful features. Many users appreciate TurboCAD's compatibility with DWG files and other CAD formats, making it a reliable choice for those working with these file types. Reviewers frequently mention that TurboCAD offers a robust set of features at an affordable price point. This makes it an attractive option for individuals or businesses looking for a powerful CAD program without breaking the bank. Customers have also found TurboCAD to be user-friendly, with an intuitive interface that is easy to navigate. This makes it accessible to both beginners and experienced CAD users alike, providing a smooth workflow experience.


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Daryl Garner-Savory | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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TurboCAD came in at a great price with a relatively small learning curve. We use TurboCAD in our day-to-day operation where we do drawings for clients' approvals and for production via our laser cutters. This package has addressed things like errors in design by having a blocks feature that once drawn and correct will remain so throughout the design process.
  • Easy to use
  • Detailing is simple
  • Toolbar is easy to understand and navigate.
  • Shortcut keys more in line with AutoCAD.
  • 3D rendering could be simpler.
  • Updated interface.
TurboCAD is well suited to a smaller budget, it is by no means the best there is but for the money, it fills the gap. Being an AutoCAD & DraftSight user I find the user interface a little old and the lack of common drafting industry shortcut keys a bit of a hindrance. However this product, TurboCAD gets the job done, other packages like DraftSight do not even come with an active 3D option on the cheaper end, standard license whereas TurboCAD does, even though it's a little clumsy to use.
  • Well priced
  • Fairly easy to learn
  • Easy enough to use
  • Ability to render quotes.
  • Ability to supply complete drawings.
  • Easy to use interface provides a faster design time window.
TurboCAD is a well-priced solution for a small business, it comes standard with 3D modeling compared to DraftSight which does not. The user interface could be updated along with industry-standard shortcut keys but for the number of drawings we do, this package fills the gap. The DXF / DWG feature could be worked on too, as above, trying to get in line with other packages like AutoCAD & DraftSight would make the whole package better. All in all, I believe that TurboCAD has a valid foothold in the CAD industry.
Score 6 out of 10
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Verified User
I used this mostly for getting the scale of real-life buildings and cars, from the wheels to the bolts used inside the car. The program really helps with that type of scale and size above a lot of other programs.
  • Good scale tools
  • Easy to pick up
  • The exporter
  • Hard to get onto your computer
  • Bad UI
  • Rendering
Not for rendering or anything really interactive, more for layouts to me.
  • We use it when we need to, but we have to share computers because a lot of people prefer other programs
  • There are cheaper programs that do more
3DS Max is the one I use the most, the other two are good choices also. They have more online tutorials for helping learn them.
James Arjuna | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Verified User
I started with TurboCAD Pro Platinum in 2016 and it has become an excellent asset to the products we produce. It is actually easy to use once you take some time to understand the tools and menus. It does require a good high-end computer to run the model renderings, but they are extremely helpful for new factory workers to see the products clearly and to be able to assemble them with the least amount of management time. We use it also for the design of new products and there is not much you cannot do with it after you "play" with all the tools and understand how to use them. And I still have not used all the toolset. I try to learn at least one new tool for each project. I cannot see going with another program, even for complex design work. The accuracy of the drawings and the ability to bring in all sorts of manufacturer's parts to scale and place them in the drawings is easy to do. The vector x,y,z controls are exacting. Using the "extents" to manipulate the position is very precise.
  • Produces accurate drawings to scale, and with several ways to show the "views" to people in need of them at our factory.
  • Relatively easy to use, once you understand the toolset. You can draw anything with it.
  • Sending files to CNC machine shops to produce parts is easy with this program.
  • Sending to mold making companies works out well. Just ask them what file format they want and TurboCAD can give it to them.
  • It would be good to have some standardized rendering, lighting and color schemes to make rendering faster. But once you learn how to place lights and adjust the shadows, it works fine. For some projects, I just want to send a color rendering faster.
  • Turbo CAD Pro Platinum is not for people who require an easy "intuitive" learning. You have to study the manual and the TC tutorials. There are plenty of free youtube videos to show how to do it, but it does take some learning.
  • This program has been around since the 1980s, as a good alternative to the high-end programs. Now it has expanded into a huge full-featured engineering program. Sometimes it has glitches with color rendering, and you have to work at it.
It is fully capable of all the design work you can give it. I have even designed houses with it. Turbo CAD Pro Platinum is all I have used for going on 3 years now. I don't know if other versions can do or can't do. If you are a graphic designer, you would need to port the files to a higher end program to manipulate the colors and renderings. For engineering and in-house work it is perfect.
  • Having issues with new employees learning how to build our products. The images are extremely helpful, in terms of training and making sure the products are built to our high standards. Saves untold time, because our factory is in Holland and many employees speak different languages. The photo renderings, speak everyone's language.
  • Improved prototyping. We send parts out t0 be made by CNC and they come back nearly perfect for our needs. We have not used the 3D printing technology yet. Been waiting for that to develop better.
  • The only negative impact is that people are reluctant to learn it because it takes a certain degree of intelligence to understand it. But if you are an engineer, it is easy to understand.
Other very expensive programs are easier to use and are often put in colleges and universities so that the students will stick with them and pay the huge price. There is a sort of "ego" thing about software, just like people have been taught to go with the "most expensive". In this case, the most expensive is excellent and is infiltrated the market with this process of placing it in schools.
But I can't see a reason to go with other programs, other than one is not intelligent enough to learn this one.
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