Fits my business perfectly.
August 16, 2019

Fits my business perfectly.

Johan Settersjö | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with DraftSight

I use DraftSight primarily to make manufacturing drawings of spare parts, layouts, and other design assignments as well.
  • Drawing of spare parts. Easy to design an ideal production drawing.
  • Drawing of layouts. Rarely requested in solid modeled version (3D).
  • Drawings can be customized for the customer and designed to be read by a human eye. Dimensions and positions of dimensions in different views can be divided according to how the (paper) drawing is supposed to be read.
  • I would like to define its own paper sizes permanently in PDF-EXPORT - PAPER SIZE to grind typing in Custom format when using e.g. A01 format (landscape 1189x594 mm).
  • Save as PDF feature. Every time I use the feature, I have to choose the paper size from a long list, many of which are completely irrelevant. In addition, "Margins" are always checked, and must be ticked off each time. Similarly, "Use print style table" must be checked in each time. This is time-consuming and I would like to set default settings in these menus for my respective drawing template.
  • 2D G-code Generator - In the CAM function, it should be possible to convert text to outline. Delivering ISO code for simpler text engraving should work well with the built-in CAM feature. But for this to be smoother, it should be possible to convert pre-written text to outline. This feature is available in AlphaCam, among others.
  • It should be possible to set the tolerance position "middle" as the default setting.
  • Dimensioning, degrees. Trailing zeros should also apply to deg / min / sec.
  • The parenting function is only in the dialog, not among the properties.
  • Parameter definition for threaded holes would be useful.
  • Screws and nuts should be created using parameter control (key width & height), and the current selection is somewhat limited. The selection of screws and washers is also somewhat limited today. For example, spring washers (FBB) are completely missing.
  • Lockable function for "Snap-To". As it is now, you have to activate it every time. This is usually good, but sometimes you want to be able to lock the function.
  • Measuring function & measuring angle. As it is today, only length measurements and area can be measured with the help of "tape measures". Angle measurements can only be measured by setting a dimension.
  • The ortho function does not work as consistently as would be desirable. If you activate ortho, you want the system to consistently move unobstructed, and draw lines in a straight X / Y plane. This does not happen because of the attachment-to-function functions. This makes the ortho function useless.
  • HATCH - If you are moving lines, you would like the cut mark to follow, for example, by activating the update/rewrite function.
  • It should be possible to import .stp files into DraftSight
  • Very positive impact. DraftSight is one of the most important tools in my business.
DraftSight is good for layouts, workshop drawing for a human eye, and for archival proof drawings. It is also good for making manufacturing drawings for simpler components and spare parts for machines.

It is not good for simulations, 3D printing, or complex, double-curved geometries.