Former AutoCAD user, 20yrs, Current SOLIDWORKS, 5yrs
August 17, 2021

Former AutoCAD user, 20yrs, Current SOLIDWORKS, 5yrs

Michael Eckes | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with DraftSight

I am a previous user of AutoCAD. It was very easy to use and the commands are the same as what I have used for the past 20 years. We use SOLIDWORKS software for truck body design and engineering drawings. When I am doing Research and Development projects, it is much easier to use DraftSight. I use DraftSight for simple and complex designs. This software works well to import to SOLIDWORKS. I use DraftSight to convert SOLIDWORKS Layflat .dxf files to polyline format and send the files to manufacturers that laser cut sheet metal parts.
  • Convert SOLIDWORKS .dwg export to Polyline and save as .dxf
  • Commands are the same as older versions of AutoCAD
  • Stretch and Rotate when working on Research and Development projects. Way easier for me than R&D using SOLIDWORKS.
  • Modifying dimension text position is difficult or unavailable.
  • Dimension styles are difficult to set up.
  • Not sure where the purge command is like Auto Cad to get rid of line types not used, etc.
  • Least expensive software that is very functional.
  • Able to export files to outside manufacturers to get laser cut parts, saving cost compared to standard production methods.

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Basic 2d DraftSight is just like older 2d versions of AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT. Very easy to use. For business or home, the price is affordable.
If you need a program to view files from a customer or something that is simple to use, this is it!