Practical and affordable
Updated November 26, 2020

Practical and affordable

Guido Quesada | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with DraftSight

As an freelance engineer, I use it as a 2D tool for product development, primarily to produce 2D sketches of designs being developed or analyzed. Some sketches are exported to Abaqus/CAE in dxf format for FEA. Other sketches are dimensioned and sent to design departments as dwg for detailed design drawings. I usually don't make detailed drawings, but if I must I use DraftSight.

I also use DraftSight often to open drawings in dwg format made by others, to review them or to move parts of them to sketches as described before.
  • Low cost
  • Easy to use
  • Ability to import and export dwg and dxf
  • Ability to paste lists of coordinates from measurements or FEA output
  • Unable to create 2D regions with holes, which I often need for section properties
  • Unable to produce principal axes as a result of mass properties
  • Unable to import or export iges format
  • HomeByMe and G-code Generator keep popping up every time I start DS. I don't use them and can't figure out how to get rid of them.
  • Instantaneous ROI, I go from not being able to do some basic things to being able with a fairly low investment.
The most similar would be AutoCAD. I used it before finding out about DraftSight. For my purposes it has slightly inferior funcionality at a much lower cost, so I can live with the limitations (mainly with regions and mass properties).

I put Inventor and SOLIDWORKS here because of the parametric capabilities. Before upgrading to DraftSight Premium, I would consider AutoCAD LT, which has better price and 3D capability, at least at part level. But I really don't need 3D that much. I do all that basic stuff in Abaqus/CAE and complex 3D is done by others, so DS Premium might still have an edge.
Good for 2D sketching and drawings. The Professional version I use doesn't have parametric capabilities which I often need (geometric & dimensional constraints). I guess I should try premium.
Limited functionality of getmassproperties and creating 2D regions.