BricsCAD vs. AutoCAD Quick Pitch

A single seat subscription of AutoCAD 2018 lists for $1,470 per year, compared to $750 for a perpetual license of BricsCAD V18 Pro + an annual All-In Maintenance of only $245 per year. Over five years this represents a savings of $5,400 per seat. Other firms are already complementing or switching out their current AutoCAD seats with absolutely no adverse impact on productivity and quality. You should consider it too.

  1. There is no learning curve with a familiar user interface. AutoCAD users are up and running with BricsCAD in no time.
  2. BricsCAD provides 100% native 2D/3D DWG file support. It can read, edit, and save AutoCAD files v2.5 to DWG 2018.
  3. It is far more affordable with perpetual licenses, not subscriptions, starting at $590 (*$560) for Classic, $750 (*$700) for Pro, and $1,110 (*$1,040) for Platinum.
    (*) Introductory promotional pricing until 12/01/2017
  4. It speeds up working on very large drawings with the unique intelligent, predictive QUAD cursor ()
  5. It has an add-on architectural modeler with SketchUp SKP import and IFC import & export, and a built-in BIM database, allowing you to keep all your BIM/architectural design in the popular .DWG format.
  6. It offers advanced mechanical design features such as 3D constraints, design intent, assembly modeling, kinematic analysis, and BOM – Platinum
  7. It has an industry leading sheet metal design add-on ()
  8. It provides extensive customization and development capabilities using LISP (vl-, vlr-, vla-, vlax-), SDS, ADS, DCL, VBA, .NET, BRX, and TX
  9. It executes LISP faster than AutoCAD ()
  10. It features more than 1,200 advanced partner add-on solutions, including for AEC, civil, GIS, survey, mapping, HVAC, fire protection, landscape, structural, electrical, mechanical, and packaging design, as well as highly specialized vertical applications. ()

Significant Licensing Cost Savings

Steve Johnson of CAD Nauseam (and contributing editor of CADALYST Magazine) published an excellent in-depth analysis of the go-forward AutoCAD licensing options and related costs over 3/5/10 years. For CIOs, CFOs, and CAD Managers that oversee large CADD/CAE portfolios this is no longer something that can be ignored.

  1. Autodesk license costs options 1 & 2 – stay on maintenance, subscription now –
  2. Autodesk license costs options 3, 4 & 5 – bait and switch –
  3. Autodesk license costs options 6 to 10 – abandon maintenance or Autodesk –
  4. Autodesk license costs options – summary –

Parts 3 and 4 highlights the option of supplementing or switching your current AutoCAD seats with BricsCAD. An independent and objective review that is very insightful.

What BricsCAD Customers Are Saying

If your company is considering alternatives to AutoCAD, you should definitely try BricsCAD V17. Global companies such as NUCOR, Siemens, BASF, American Building Company, Hyundai, Bosch, B+T Group, and Tyco already use BricsCAD in various disciplines. Here is what some BricsCAD customers had to say:

“BricsCAD is becoming the favorite among our engineers, designers, and support staff!”
                Donald Broussard, Corporate CADD Manager – Hunsaker & Associates, Inc.

“When you are looking for an alternative to AutoCAD you will find that BricsCAD is the best.”
                John Rhett, Owner at Rhett Associates – Architects

“BricsCAD has an extremely intuitive interface, one that doesn’t require upper echelon
graphic cards to run efficiently.”
                Kyle Moran, Project Manager at Moran Utility Services, Inc

Here are some additional free resources to help you make a more thorough evaluation:

BricsCAD® V17 for AutoCAD® Users (PDF 334 pages – free) tells you everything you need to know about making the switch from AutoCAD to BricsCAD’s newest release. In the book you will learn about the benefits of using BricsCAD, the similarities and differences with AutoCAD.

With Inside BricsCAD V17 (PDF 330 pages – free) you learn how to create drawings with BricsCAD in as little as a day! Learn how to start our popular 2D/3D CAD program, take a tour through its user interface, and then get your feet wet by drawing a few lines.

Customizing BricsCAD V17 (PDF 560 pages – free) The ultimate reference book for customizing and programming BricsCAD.

 For government buyers BricsCAD is now available on GSA Advantage
Contract Number GS35F381GA
Company Name TENSEI LLC
DUNS Number 079084188

BricsCAD in the CADD Media

Choose the BricsCAD version that best suits your needs, from basic 2D drafting with LISP support in BricsCAD Classic to advanced 3D direct modeling and the foundation for BIM and Sheet Metal in BricsCAD Platinum.


BricsCAD Classic

Cost-effective entry to CAD, primarily for 2D drafting.

from $590 ($780 all-in)

  • All familiar CAD functionalities
  • Full LISP support (vl, vlr, vla and vlax)
  • Chapoo cloud connectivity
  • Flexible licensing

BricsCAD Pro

Adds 3D modeling and advanced API support.

from $750 ($970 all-in)

  • All familiar CAD functionalities
  • Full LISP, VBA, BRX & .NET support
  • Chapoo cloud connectivity
  • Flexible licensing
  • Direct 3D Modeling
  • Rendering, materials and lighting

BricsCAD Platinum

Adds advanced 3D + BIM & Sheet Metal foundation.

from $1110 ($1330 all-in)

  • All familiar CAD functionalities
  • Full LISP, VBA, BRX & .NET support
  • Chapoo cloud connectivity
  • Flexible licensing
  • Direct 3D Modeling
  • Rendering, materials and lighting
  • 3D constraint creation
  • Design intent recognition
  • Assembly modeling
  • Deformable Modeling


Add-On Modules

BricsCAD now features powerful add-on modules for BIM (Building Information Modeling) and Sheet Metal design. Both can be purchased as separate add-ons for BricsCAD Platinum or as a bundle.


Create and manage building and infrastructure projects faster, more economically.

BricsCAD Sheet Metal

Create sheet metal parts using the most intuitive 3D direct modeling techniques.

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System Requirements

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Operating Systems

    • For Windows – Windows 10/8/7/Vista SP2/XP SP3
    • For Mac – OS X
    • For Linux – Latest Fedora, OpenSuse, or Ubuntu


  • 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)

BricsCAD is a perpetual license, meaning that you actually buy the software and can use it for as long as you own it. You can however purchase an optional All-In Maintenance. It entitles you to updates, priority support for one year, and one version upgrade (e.g. V17 > V18) for each year that you are current on your subscription.

For Government Buyers, our products are available through GSA Advantange Contract Number GS35F381GA 
and the Federal Micro Purchases Program – TENSEI LLC / 079084188 – CAGE# 6XZG7

5% discount for five or more licenses. Additional volume discounts available.