What’s New in BricsCAD V20

New Dark UI

Enjoy a modern dark interface that reduces eyestrain. Easily change color themes and switch between workspaces to create optimal environments for your workflows.

Stackable Panels

Stack any combination of panels and display them as tabs or icons in an expandable panel strip.

Get Started Page

The new in-product Start page shows large thumbnails of your recently opened drawings, and makes it easy to start a new drawing, from scratch or from a template.

Bricsys 24/7 Panel

The built-in Bricsys 24/7 panel gives you instant access to updates and ensures you always have the latest version. Download, view and edit natively.

2D Parametric Blocks (Coming Soon)

Quickly create 2D Parametric blocks by automatically constraining block geometry. Specify alignment geometry and apply flip actions and visibility states as needed.


Automatically convert a selected set of entities, and all matching sets of entities, to blocks with a few simple clicks.

Site tools

Quickly create and modify TIN surfaces, gradings, and alignments for site design.

Dynamic UCS

Increase your 2D drawing productivity by temporarily aligning the UCS with selected entities for both 3D and 2D entities.

Point Clouds

Easily preprocess common point cloud file formats, including RCP and RCS files, directly from BricsCAD to produce a highly efficient VRM (Virtual Reality Model) file format.

Other great features

Pdf import

Import geometry from PDF files.


Link data from an Excel spreadsheet directly into drawing tables and keep them automatically synced.

Auto-parametrize solids

Fully constrain and parameterize solid models in a single operation.

Nearest distance

Dynamically view and modify the distance between two selected entities.

Snap to adaptive grids

Create, edit, nudge and manipulate entities using concise values without keyboard entry.


Apply multiple types of dimensions with a single, intuitive dimensioning tool.

Familiar CAD Interface

The BricsCAD interface will make you feel right at home from the very beginning. Navigating through drawings becomes easier than ever, thanks to a distinctive ribbon. It’s the fastest way to access tools through our tabbed CAD interface. From The Drawing Explorer you can see all your object definitions, and work with them across all your opened drawings. Browse through and view drawing in your favorite folders, or even insert blocks without ever opening the source drawing.


Intelligent UX Tools for Optimal Productivity

Speed up your workflow with the QUAD™ cursor.
With the redesigned context-sensitive cursor, easy CAD drawing is just a click away.


QUAD for 2D Drafting

The intelligent Quad cursor is an alternative to grip editing entities. While grip glyphs accumulate clutter, the Quad cursor, with its compact size, keeps your screen clean. It does come with a rich set of editing operations. And it’s intelligent: the Quad cursor knows in how many dimensions (2D or 3D) you are drawing and immediately adapts to show commands you need.

QUAD for 3D Modeling

The Quad cursor intuitively adjusts to 3D workflows. Features such as extruding faces with just one click improve easy drawing in CAD. You can also manipulate solids using the Quad’s options, such as subtract and push/pull.

QUAD Tabbed Layout

The enhanced QUAD features a new, tabbed layout that provides more functions right at your cursor tip.

Look-from Widget

Easily change your view direction using the Look From widget. Just click the arrows surrounding the chair icon to manipulate the viewpoint.

Hotkey Assistant

When edge and face selection modes are active, the new Hotkey Assistant displays options available. Cycle through them by tapping the Ctrl key.


The Manipulator widget lets you rotate, move, mirror or scale entities along an axis or plane. Dynamic dimension input allows for precise positioning control. If you hold the Ctrl-key when you click, you’ll create a copy of the selected entities.

Better Workflow Management

Compare Drawings

BricsCAD uses a next-generation repository approach to enable blazingly fast Drawing Compare with Visual Merge capabilities. This tool scans two versions of a drawing and rapidly compares the history of all graphical entities. You can see the changes in the Structure Panel, view them on-screen in contrasting colors, and leverage the “KeepMe” command to keep the entities you select while automatically discarding the others.

Sheetsets Manager

A sheet set is a collection of layouts from different drawing files. The Sheet Set manager lets you manage existing sheets sets and create new ones from scratch or based on a template sheet. Sheet sets can be published, printed and e‐transmitted.

Layer Explorer and Filter

The layer explorer facilitates detailed layer management and also provides tools such as layer filters and layer states.

Block Manager

Browse blocks in non-open drawings and insert them in the current drawing from the new Blocks panel in the Drawing Explorer.

Document Tabs

Open multiple documents at once and switch between them at any time.

Attribute Management

The BATTMAN (Block Attribute Manager) command allows users to edit all attribute properties and settings in a block definition, then synchronize the changes in all block references.

Work together in the cloud with Bricsys 24/7

Bricsys 24/7 unites people with different roles in projects. Communicate, manage documents, assign tasks and automate processes. Manage live data in the cloud with forms and reports — anytime, anywhere. After drawing your plans in BricsCAD, you can upload your DWG’s to Bricsys 24/7 including all x-refs, straight from BricsCAD. Team members who don’t have BricsCAD can view and annotate .dwg files at the construction site with the Bricsys 24/7 tablet app. Keep track of different versions of your documents with the help of revisions. Define who gets to see what documents. Create roles for the different types of participants to the project and manage the access rights for each role.

2D Drafting



Create and edit 2D technical drawings, floor plans, and other layouts quickly and accurately. Thanks to its innovative 2D drafting tools, BricsCAD takes your drawings to a whole new level of detail.


Annotative Scales

Annotative scaling allows you to display and print models at the size you want. In a 2D drafting environment, you can scale entity types such as texts, hatches, tables, dimensions, tolerances and (multi)leaders.

Multi Leaders

Multi-line leaders quickly create many leaders using predefined properties saves as styles. You can annotate multileaders with text or blocks, or you can leave the annotation field empty. Additional formatting includes arrowheads, spline leaders and linetypes.

Dynamic Dimensions

Dynamic dimensions interactively specify lengths and angles right on the screen, as entities are created and edited. The added level of detail facilitates your transition from 2D drafting to 3d modeling.

In-Place Editing of Dynamic Blocks

Dynamic blocks can be edited in-place using various grip types, including Point, XY, Linear, Polar, Rotation, Flip, and Visibility.


Use the new transparency effect to improve the look of your drawings, such as applying it to solid fills and other objects. BricsCAD lets you set the level of transparency, apply the property directly to objects, and assign transparency through layers.

Dynamic Arrays

Arrays are associative and dynamic. Create rectangular, polar, linear, path, and 3D arrays dynamically. Associativity means that when you edit one object, the changes are applied to all other objects in the array.

Dimension Style Compare

You can compare dimension styles you’ve selected in the in the Detail View list in the Dimension Styles explorer. The Editor panel shows a comparison table highlighting the differences.

Web Map Services

The Map Connect function places maps from Web-based map services into drawings. One or more data layers can be selected for download, which are then inserted in drawings as images.

3D Direct Modeling

With BricsCAD, you get powerful and adaptive tools for 3D direct solid modeling using our geometric constraints solver. 3D direct modeling operations apply to all ACIS solid geometry, whether created in BricsCAD or imported. Need to work on a complex design? BricsCAD’s direct editing capabilities preserve your 3D model’s design intent, helping you to save both time and headaches.


surface-entity-creationSurface Entity Creation

Start from 2D profiles, 3D curves, 3D solids, or imported parts and assemblies. Create complex parts with lofted bends or automatically recognize them in imported geometry.


Use BricsCAD’s new Loft command to create 3D solids by specifying cross section profiles. The cross sections define the shape of the solid.



Create engineering objects like drills or augers by twisting 3D solids, surfaces, and regions around an axis by an angle that you specify.



Use the thicken tool not only on surfaces, but also on wire objects such as lines, circles and curves to create tube-like objects with just couple of clicks.

3D Drawing Compare

3D compare opens two drawing files and then reports the differences in 3D solids and 3D surfaces using color coding. This lets you quickly see the changes made to otherwise identical-looking drawings. The differences are represented as separate entities displayed in two viewports – red entities for additions, green for subtractions.


Assembly Modeling

Assemblies organize parts as hierarchical structures for modeling complex products. Use BricsCAD’s powerful 3D constraints (geometrical and dimensional) to easily compose assemblies as top-down or bottom-up designs.

Assembly Design

Working with components is much more flexible as BricsCAD provides these additional operations:

  • Open a copy of a component as a new document
  • Replace components
  • Switch between external and local components
  • Convert native blocks to local components
  • Convert referenced drawings (xrefs) to external components

Assemblies Import

With the updated BricsCAD Communicator add-on, you can import product structures from files in popular MCAD formats, such as Solidworks, Inventor, and Creo.
When importing 3D models, BricsCAD automatically heals geometry, as necessary. In addition, you can repair and simplify imported models, as well as stitch disjointed surfaces.


Parametric Components

Designing with parameterized components is significantly extended. You can create parametric components from constrained 3D solids, as well as copy and paste parametric components across assemblies. when replacing one parametric component with another, parameters are automatically evaluated according to expressions specified by the assembly.


Generated Drawing Views

The Generated Drawing View feature is completely reworked. After it creates correctly projected views of 3D models, you can change their scales and toggle the visibility of hidden lines. In addition, you can specify the design of sections views, section lines, detail views and detail symbols.

600 High-Definition Render Materials

Be more creative with realism. Our updated library with render materials now contains well over 600 high-resolution Redway materials. Use the library and the preview window to render your 3D direct models more true to life than ever before.


Support for Photometric Lighting

Rendering of 3D models is improved by using IES files with Web lights. This lets BricsCAD accurately depict the exact distribution of illumination, according to manufacturer specifications.

3D Constraints

BricsCAD offers powerful tools for direct solid modeling using geometric constraints solving. Solid models can be modified by defining constraints between its elements. If there is a 3D constraint which fixes the placement of faces or edges, this constraint will be preserved during your modeling operations. It allows you to parametrize any feature of the 3D model.


Roll-Over Property Display

Hover the cursor over any entity and the QUAD will display its relevant properties.

Unit Display

While modeling the QUAD will instantly display relevant unit property data.

3D Snap

Vertex, Midpoint, Center, Knot, Perpendicular to planar face, Nearest to face, intersection of edges and tracking lines with faces

Generated Drawing Views

The Generated Drawing View feature is completely reworked. After it creates correctly projected views of 3D models, you can change their scales and toggle the visibility of hidden lines. In addition, you can specify the design of sections views, section lines, detail views and detail symbols.



Design Data Management

BricsCAD Communicator

BricsCAD Communicator is an optional module to the BricsCAD Pro and Platinum editions that provides support for high quality 3D data exchange between major CAD formats. It facilitates the import of CATIA V4/V5, IAM/IPT (Inventor), PAR/PSM (Solid Edge), ASM/PRT (Pro Engineer), SLDASM/SLDPRT (Solidworks), SDL, STE, STP, STEP, IGS file import, and STE, STP, STEP, IGS, IGES, CATIA V4/V5, VDA/VDA-FS3D, and advanced 3D PDF export, as well as supports kernel specific formats.


System Requirements

These are the BricsCAD minimum system requirements:
Operating Systems
    • For Windows – Windows 10/8/7/Vista SP2/XP SP3
    • For Linux – Latest Fedora, OpenSuse, or Ubuntu version.
  • Processor: 1 GHz processor or faster, or compatible processor
  • RAM: 256 MB, 1 Gb or more recommended
  • Hard drive: 250 MB for program files + 1 GB free space
  • Display: 1024×768 XGA with true color (minimum)