DesignCAD 3D Max 2018 (Upgrade From pre v23)

DesignCAD 3D Max 2018 Upgrade From pre v23

DesignCAD 3D Max 2018 (Upgrade From pre v23)

Upgrade from DesignCAD 3D Max pre v23 at a special price!

DesignCAD 3D Max 2018 Upgrade is available to pre v23 DesignCAD 3D Max to move up to the latest technology at a great price. New features in the upgrade include SketchUP import, a new insert manager, improved DWG/DXF interoperability and much more.


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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. It's everything you need to design anything, from simple hobby projects to professional precision drawings.

  • Award-winning 2D/3D CAD Solution
  • Easy Rendering & Animation
  • Intuitive User Interface
  • Extensive Online Help
  • Windows 64-bit & 32-bit compatible
  • AutoCAD® & SketchUp® Read/Write File Filters

What’s New

This latest release offers several new features, including: suport for AutoCAD 2018 drawing files; NURBS curves; a mixed 3D rendering mode combining shaded and hidden line views; a new 3D rendering mode that indicates which facets of a solid or surface are facing inward or outward; a new tool to examine solid surfaces for potential leaks; automatic hatching of 2D objects; improved symbol, block and image management; and a new option allowing you to scale text as you place it.

Perfect For:

Design everything from furniture, decks, floor plans and architectural drawings to engineering layouts, electronic schematics, plats, maps, elevations and even toys for hobbies.

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Illustrators
  • Builders
  • Contractors
  • Hobbyists
  • Educators
  • Students

Key Features

Easy to Learn & Use 2D/3D Design

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.

  • Usability Tools
  • Workspace Tools
  • Macros
  • Drawing Tools
  • Editing and Measuring
  • Dimension Tools
  • 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. Add materials to your model to create presentation ready designs.

  • 3D View Settings
  • 3D Primitives
  • 3D (Solid) Editing Operations
  • 3D Visualization

Realistic Visualization and Lighting

Apply a variety of colors, materials, textures and texture maps. Render your 3D models with transparency, fogging, shading, and light effects for added impact.

  • Shadows – render with shadows enabled to 'ground' your objects in their environment.
  • 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

Animation & Walkthroughs

Create animated presentations with a moving view of your 3D model.

Powerful & Complete

2D/3D Symbols

DesignCAD 3D Max comes with more than 10,000 2D/3D symbols to quickly drag and drop into your design..

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.

Group Editor in Info Box

View the internal structure of a group and any subgroups, and simply reorganize 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).


Windows 64-bit & 32-bit Compatible

DesignCAD can be installed as either a 32-bit or 64-bit application. The 32-bit version has always been limited to using 2 GB of RAM, even when running on 64-bit versions of Windows with 4GB or more of RAM. The 64-bit version can access the larger amounts of RAM that are usually available on 64-bit systems, enabling you to create, edit, and render much larger drawings than you can with the 32-bit version.

Drawing Compare

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.

Interoperable & Extendable

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 objects, which are recognized and exploded to DesignCAD equivalents.

Import/Export SketchUp Files

DesignCAD 3D MAX is now able to both import and export drawings to/from the .SKP format for use with SketchUp versions 3.0 to 2015.

STL Support for 3D Printing - Import and export 3D models in STL format, one of the most commonly used file formats for 3D printing.

Import/Export OBJ Files - OBJ files are a common means of exchanging 3D models, and can be used by many other CAD and solid- or surface-modeling programs. Note that DesignCAD's OBJ capabilities are limited to geometry only; materials and texture mapping are not supported.

Triangulate Surface Command

Reduce all faces of a Solid Surface object to triangles, helpful when converting the drawing to a different drawing format like OBJ, DWG, DXF, STL, SKP

More Vector Formats Supported – In addition to those listed above, DesignCAD can also import WMF, HPGL, and XYZ and export or save to WMF, HPGL, RIB, VRML, WPG and PDF.

GIF Image Support and More – 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.

New Features

AutoCAD 2018 Import/Export Support

DesignCAD 2018 is now able to import DWG and DXF files in AutoCAD 2018 format, and able to Export DWG and DXF files to AutoCAD 2018 format.

New Icon Scaling Option

DesignCAD 2018 offers the ability to scale the toolbox icons from 16x16 pixels up to 64x64 pixels in size steps of 8 pixels. This allows users with ultra-high-resolution screens to scale the icons up to a usable size.

New Control Curve Command

DesignCAD 2018 adds a new type of curve entity to the existing set. Now in addition to Curves and Bezier Curves, we have the ability to create Control Curves (NURBs) with both Cubic and Quadratic weightings. Control Curves use the points you set as an enclosing cage to constrain the shape of the curve, rather than as a set of points the curve must pass through.

New Arc Tangent to 2 Lines Command

DesignCAD 2018 adds the new Arc Tangent to 2 Lines command, which draws an arc of a specified radius tangent to two picked lines. The result is similar to the arc formed by the Fillet command, but it does not trim the tangent lines to meet the endpoints of the resulting arc.

New AutoHatch Feature

DesignCAD 2018 adds the ability to automatically create a hatch fill pattern in 2D shapes without having to separately run the Hatch, Hatch Line, or Hatch Fill. The current AutoHatch pattern can be set from the AutoHatch Settings in the Options menu; the pattern for an existing object can be changed from the AutoHatch Settings in the Info Box's toolbar.

New Text Option: Dynamic Scaling

DesignCAD 2018 adds a new Dynamic Scaling option to the Text command. When this option is enabled, text scales automatically and proportionally between the first two points set; when it is off, text is drawn at the specific size specified in the dialog box.

Insert Manager Improvements

The Insert Manager no longer deletes selected blocks, images, or symbols immediately – it marks the ones selected for deletion, but they are not actually deleted from the drawing until the 'Apply' button is pressed. Pressing 'Cancel' will unmark the selected objects and leave them intact.

New Normals Shading Mode

DesignCAD 2018 adds a new OpenGL Shading mode named 'Normals'. When this shading mode is active, facets of 3D objects that face toward the camera are shown in a lighter color than those facing away from the camera. This makes it easier to locate and correct mis-aligned facets in the drawing.

New Mixed-Mode Shading Mode

DesignCAD 2018 adds a new OpenGL and RedSDK Shading mode named 'Mixed Mode'. When this shading mode is active, 3D objects are rendered in a combination of Shaded and Hidden-Line modes, making it easy to see the underlying wireframe construction of shaded objects.

Improved Solid Engine

DesignCAD 2018 has improved the underlying solid engine so that new solid primitives are created in such a way tha the surface normals consistently face toward the outside of the object. This also applies to new Sweeps and Extrusions. Similarly, Boolean operations performed on newly-created objects result in more consistent surface normals than with previous versions.

New Is Solid Watertight Command

DesignCAD 2018 adds a new command to check a selected solid for watertightness. Also, when performing Boolean operations (Solid Add, Solid Subtract), it checks the result for gaps in the mesh and gives warning if any gaps are detected.

New Solid Leaks Test Command

DesignCAD 2018 adds a new command to help visually identify leaks in a triangulated Solid Surface object. The command creates two new layers in the drawing: HoleEdges and ExtraEdges. If there are holes in the mesh (specifically, if any edges are used in only one facet of the Solid Surface), blue lines are drawn in the HoleEdges layer. If there is extra geometry in the mesh (specifically if any edges are shared by more than two facets of the Solid Surface), red lines are drawn in the ExtraEdges layer.

System Requirements

DesignCAD 3D Max is delivered in a 64-bit version to take full advantage of your hardware’s available computer memory to load, process, and render CAD files. A 32-bit version is also available if required by your hardware.

64-bit System Requirements:

Microsoft Windows 10, 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 10, Windows 8*, Windows 7, Windows Vista**, Windows XP** - 1GB RAM; 750 MB free hard drive space

*DesignCAD is designed for desktops or laptops that meet the indicated system requirements. Windows RT technology for use on tablets is not supported.

Your experience with DesignCAD will be greatly enhanced with a 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

Trial and Training

Free Trial

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 2D/3D Training Guides.

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