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Award-winning CAD Solution
DesignCAD 3D MAX is a versatile, easy-to-use 2D/3D CAD tool that’s perfect for novice designers, but powerful enough to create high-quality designs, models and animations. This latest release now allows users to import and export 3D models to STL file format for rapid prototyping with 3D printers. It’s everything you need to design anything, from simple hobby projects to professional precision drawings.
Precision 2D Drafting Tools
3D Solid Modeling Tools
Mechanical Design Tools
Architectural Design Tools
Intuitive User Interface
Extensive Online Help
Windows 64-bit & 32-bit Compatible
Choose from our traditional 32-bit version, or install the new 64-bit compatible version, that utilizes expanded computer memory to load, process, and render files of nearly any size.
Easy to Learn & Use 2D/3D Design
An intuitive interface and extensive online help makes it easy to get started. Design 2D drawings fast and easy. Create complex 3D shapes by simply extruding from 2D shapes.
Apply a variety of materials, textures, colors, brush styles, shading and light effects to create stunning images. Customize material textures to further enhance the realism.
DesignCAD 3D MAX comes with 600 colorful, editable, and fully texture-mapped architectural 3D symbols you can simply drag-and-drop into your design.
Animations & Walkthroughs
Enjoy user-friendly tools for creating professional level animations and walkthroughs of your finished drawings.
Accelerated Drawing Performance
Leverage the power of modern graphics cards to zoom, pan, and rotate your designs up to 30 times faster! Install the 64-bit compatible version for even greater speed.
AutoCAD® Compatible and more!
Share your work in the latest popular file formats like AutoCAD® 2013 - 2016 .DWG and .DXF, .PDF, .WMF and more.
Versatile 2D/3D CAD Solution
DesignCAD 3D MAX is a general purpose CAD tool for easily creating precise, high-quality 2D designs, 3D models, renders and animations. Design everything from furniture, decks, floor plans and architectural drawings to engineering layouts, electronic schematics, plats, maps, elevations and even toys for hobbies.
Easy to Use 2D Drafting & Design
Intuitive yet sophisticated editing tools, advanced geometric construction capabilities, drawing short cut keys and complete layer management make 2D drafting a breeze.
Editing and Measuring
Groups, Blocks, Symbols and more!
Precision 3D Modeling
Access a full range of powerful 3D modeling primitives, including box, sphere, hemisphere, pyramid, cylinder, cone and torus. Utilize Boolean operations, including solid add, solid subtract, and slice, to shape your 3D parts, now with a new option to limit solid Boolean operations to pre-selected entities only for greater control. Add materials to your model to create presentation ready designs.
3D View Settings
3D (Solid) Editing Operations
Realistic Visualization and Lighting
Render your 3D models with applied materials or texture maps or use transparency and fogging for added impact.
Shadow Tool - smooth the edges of rendered shadows
Procedural Textures - add marble, wood, cement, grain, patch, perlin noise, brick, cells or wood extended textures to your designs.
Image Fills - Use an image as a fill pattern.
Accelerated Drawing Performance
Choose our traditional 32-bit version, or install the 64-bit compatible version that utilizes today’s expanded computer memory to quickly load, process, and render files of nearly any size. For greater speed, DesignCAD 3D MAX offers an enhanced RedSDK mode which leverages the power of modern graphics cards to zoom, pan, and rotate your designs up to 30 times faster than using the OpenGL mode! RedSDK is available in wireframe mode as well as with shaded and hidden-line 3D views.
3D Model Content for Easier Architectural Design
Access 600 editable 3D models to quickly drag and drop into your architectural designs. Each colorful, fully texture-mapped symbol can be modified to your exact specification.
129 structural models – doors and hardware, windows and window treatments, fireplaces, wood moldings and more
234 kitchen items – cabinets, appliances, faucets, sinks, counters and more
52 bath items – tubs, faucets, sinks, vanities and more
134 residential items – furniture, lighting fixtures and home décor
51 office items – desks, file & storage cabinets, tables, shelving and more
DesignCAD utilizes layers that can be independently switched on and off in order for users to have a better visibility of the drawing. For example, if you just need to see the outline of a component, switch off other layers containing center lines, dimensions, etc.
DesignCAD can also lock layers, so that they are visible but not editable, in order to prevent accidental changes to the locked layer. Some features of objects, such as color or linestyle, can also be controlled on a per-layer basis.
DesignCAD 3D Max comes with more than 10,000 2D/3D symbols to quickly drag and drop into your design.
Select two DesignCAD drawings or .BMP images, and Drawing Compare will perform a visual comparison of the two. It’s an invaluable aid when working collaboratively on a project, or when picking up an older project and looking to see the status of updates. Use it to compare a design and an As Built drawing to see where changes have been implemented.
Added Flexibility when Sharing Your Work
Print Section - Print only a specified region of the drawing.
Print Scale Options - Select from a standard set of print scale options or create your own.
Enhanced Print to PDF - Print multiple panels to PDF format to create a multipage PDF file.
User Notes – Add notes to any drawing
Save for Sharing - When you save a drawing, all files referenced externally (textures, symbols, images) are saved to a subfolder with the host drawing’s name.
Paper Space Mode – Create a view frame and choose a specific scale or enter a custom view frame scale.
Animation & Walkthroughs
Create stunning animated presentations with a moving view of your 3D model.
AutoCAD® DWG/DXF Compatible and more
Work with the latest AutoCAD® files. Import/Export AutoCAD® files from R12 through 2016 and enjoy excellent compatibility with AutoCAD® layouts and PaperSpace, plus support for AutoCAD® layers, linestyles, views, and blocks in both DXF and DWG file formats. DesignCAD even offers limited support for Architectural Desktop (ADT) objects, which are recognized and exploded to DesignCAD equivalents.
DesignCAD 3D MAX can import, or open, leading CAD file formats including DWG, DXF, vector WMF, HPGL, XYZ, STL, and OBJ. DesignCAD 3D MAX can export or save to DWG, DXF, vector WMF, HPGL, RIB, VRML, WPG and PDF.
DesignCAD also supports several image formats including .BMP, .TIF, .JPG, .TGA, .PCX, .PNG, and .GIF
Use the built-in BasicCAD scripting language, or OLE Automation, or both, to add new tools and enhancements to DesignCAD.
64-bit System Requirements: Microsoft Windows ® 8* (64-bit), Windows 7 (64-bit), Vista (64-bit)** - 2GB RAM; 750 MB free hard drive space
32-bit System Requirements: Microsoft Windows ® 8*, Windows 7, Windows Vista**, Windows XP** - 1GB RAM; 750 MB free hard drive space
Recommended: Newer generation, higher speed CPU; 4+ GB RAM; Large display resolution and graphics support; Internet connection for online features and content; Supported graphic processing unit (either a chip on the board, or on a video card) required to use the GPU-accelerated Redsdk render modes. For a list of RedSDK supported cards and drivers, visit
*DesignCAD is designed for desktops or laptops that meet the indicated system requirements. Windows RT technology for use on tablets is not supported.
** DesignCAD will run on XP and Vista platforms; however, these platforms are no longer being officially supported.
New DesignCAD 3D MAX version 25 is a major upgrade that offers new and improved features for better performance and productivity, greater flexibility, and superior file compatibility.
New Windows 64-bit Compatible Version
that utilizes expanded computer memory to load, process, and render files of nearly any size. (32-bit also still available if required by your hardward)
Improved File Interoperability
make DesignCAD 3D MAX v25 a great companion product. New support options include:
New Import/Export STL Files
, one of the most commonly used file formats for 3D printing.
New Import/Export OBJ Files,
, commonly used for exchanging 3D models and used by many other CAD and solid- or surface-modeling programs.
New Export SketchUp SKP Files
for use with Sketchup versions 3.0 to 2015.
New GIF Image Support
which DesignCAD 3D MAX now uses to work with raster image data.
New Group Editor
in the Info Box allows you to reorganize group contents without having to explode it. Group editing options include:
Move highlighted group members or entire subgroups to a different layer.
Remove individual objects or an entire subgroup from the topmost group (Extract).
Move objects between sub-groups of the topmost group (Move To).
Collapse an entire group hierarchy to a single-level group (Unnested).
Improved Balloon Command
allows users to specify either a fixed balloon size or a fixed text size when creating text balloons, so text is readable even with long text strings.
Improved Distance and Angle between Two Points
command now shows overall distance as well as the separate X, Y and Z components of that distance.
Improved Hidden Edge and Hidden Edge by Section
commands now work on Solid Surface objects.
Improved Show All Edges Command
now works on Solid Surface objects as well as other entities, including only on selected entities.
New Command: Hide Edges of Coplanar Facets
to hide the interior edges of a selected Solid Surface object, making it much easier to understand the shape of the object.
New Command: Triangulate Surface
reducing all faces of a Solid Surface object to triangles to help when converting a drawing to a different drawing format.
New Export Triangulate Solid Surface Options
for DWG, DXF, and OBJ exports.
Owners of DesignCAD 3D MAX should check their email for an upgrade notice, or call IMSI/Design at 1.800.833.8082 to upgrade today!
Download a 30-day free trial of DesignCAD 3D Max. No credit card is required and it is a full working copy of the program, so you can test all of the features in DesignCAD 3D Max without obligation.
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DesignCAD is relatively easy to learn and use with an intuitive interface and extensive online help when you need it. But to get the most out of your software, we recommend the DesignCAD Training CD.
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