Editor's Note: BricsCAD V19 is now available. Clicking the “Buy” button will take you to this version for purchase. We will evaluate, rank and review the new version when we next update the CAD Software reviews. Meanwhile, enjoy our review for BricsCAD V18 below.
BricsCAD Classic is a CAD program designed with engineers in mind. Like other CAD software, BricsCAD has some powerful features for designing 2D drawings and 3D models, such as hatching tools, photorealistic rendering and a layer manager. Best of all, the support you'll find on the manufacturer's website is superior to that of many similar products.
BricsCAD does not require a subscription; instead it’s a one-time purchase. The most basic buying option for the Classic version costs just under $600 at the time of publishing this review. You can add an additional $200 to include priority support and the ability to upgrade to the next version of the software without paying additional money.
Design tools in computer-aided design software help enhance the appearance of your crafted models. The 2D designing capabilities are commendable, as this is the main focus of the software. However, you will not find as many 3D tools in this software. Additionally, a wall tool or a house wizard are not included with the software. If you want a CAD program that offers these features, you might be interested in ProgeCAD.
CAD programs like BricsCAD Classic have so many tools and features that it can be difficult to find your way around the interface. This software, however, has a clean layout and customizable toolbars, making it easier to use than most CAD software programs. A setup manager, macro recorder and command line are all convenient time-savers as well.
You'll be able to import your unfinished designs or those of co-workers or teammates as BricsCAD Classic is compatible with many different file formats.
This CAD drawing software is predominantly for engineering prototypes and other similar designs. You'll find convenient editing tools to add text comments and to change the colors and materials of your models. Additionally, a layer manager organizes the many moving parts of your complex designs.
Bricsys, the company behind BricsCAD Classic, provides many different facets of help and support. Contact methods are listed on the website as well as an online email form for technical support. Forums, video tutorials, FAQs and manuals for BricsCAD are superior to most CAD support programs. The online tutorial page, Bricsys TV, as well as the Bricsys Blog, are excellent resources with tutorial videos, apps and stories and walkthroughs. Bricsys also provides an eBook on the website, which covers CAD topics in-depth, including helpful images and definitions.
BricsCAD Classic is compatible with the most important file formats for CAD designs. Both DWG and DXF are supported, along with DWF and STEP. For 3D printing, the STL format is also supported. If you want to save your creations as a PDF, you can do that as well.
BricsCAD Classic CAD software is a valuable tool for creating and exporting professional-quality 2D and 3D designs and prototypes. While this 3D CAD software is somewhat lacking in architectural tools, missing a house wizard and a wall tool, its strengths really lie in creating 3D engineering models. Tutorials coupled with this program’s powerful design and editing tools help you generate better creations quickly.