2D CAD Drafting


DraftSight provides professional 2D drafting and 3D design tools that enable the easy creation, editing, viewing, and marking up of any DWG file.
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2D CAD Drafting and 3D Design

Whether you are a hobbyist, student, or large corporation, DraftSight has a package to help you get products designed, manufactured, and to the customer as quickly and effectively as possible.

  • DraftSight Professional and Premium offer essential 2D tools for DWG-based tasks, plus productivity tools. Premium adds advanced capabilities, including 3D design tools.
  • DraftSight Enterprise and Enterprise Plus are intended for organizations with multiple users and more frequent usage. Perpetual and network licenses are available, allowing for software ownership and license sharing, so fewer licenses can serve a larger user base. Users also receive dedicated technical support from Hawk Ridge Systems.
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  • Additional Productivity Tools, Including:
    • Mechanical Toolbox
    • Batch Printing
    • Pattern Along a Path
    • Automatic Trim Dimension Extension Lines
    • Thumbwheel on the Dimension Palette
    • Right Click to Select Arrow Heads
    • Split Dimension
    • Auto-Completion Commands
    • Arrow Key Nudging Entities
    • Quick Input Methods
    • Curved Text
    • Spiral and Helix
    • Using Formulas in Table Cells
    • Viewport Layer Freezing
    • Block Attribute Manager
    • G-Code Generator
    • Predefined Layer Support
    • Dimension Snap Offset Distances
    • Dimension – Auto-Placing with Widgets
    • Drawing Compare (PC version only)
    • Image Tracer (PC version only)
  • Essential 2D Drafting and Design Tools

    Create, edit, annotate, and review 2D geometry in DWG/DXF files

  • LISP Automation

    Load and use LISP code (including AutoLISP and Visual LISP) to automate repetitive/tedious tasks

  • Import/Create Dynamic (Custom) Blocks

    Import and use dynamic blocks created within AutoCAD while retaining configurability, or create your own in DraftSight (known as Custom Blocks)

  • Sheet Set Manager

    Organize drawings into subsets for simplified management and publication

  • Geometric/Dimensional Constraints

    Create and maintain geometric relationships between sketch entities and define driving dimensions for geometry

  • Network/Perpetual Licensing

    Share licenses between multiple users and own the software indefinitely without a required annual fee

  • Dedicated Technical Support

    Take advantage of a dedicated team of DraftSight technical specialists at Hawk Ridge Systems for any issues involving installation, usage, etc.

  • Power Trim

    Left-click and drag across geometry using Power Trim to automatically trim to the nearest intersection

  • Design Reuse Library

    Develop a library of reusable features such as blocks and notes, which can be added to drawings with a simple drag and drop

  • Customization Reuse

    Reuse existing AutoCAD LISP routines, user interface and line type customization files, and drawing templates to avoid extra rework

  • Premium Tools
    3D Tools Constraints
  • Interoperability Tools
    3DEXPERIENCE Marketplace Integration 3D Content Central Integration 3DEXPERIENCE, GEOVIA, DELMIA, SOLIDWORKS Electrical, SOLIDWORKS PDM Connectors DGN Import / Convert and Underlay AutoCAD Dynamic Blocks Support HomeByMe Integration (PC version only)
  • Customization Tools
    • Application Programming Interface (API)
    • Macro Recording
  • Enterprise Tools
    • Phone and Email Technical Support
    • Network License (PC version only)
    • Deployment Tool (PC version only)
  • PDF Import / Convert and Underlay

    Easily import PDF documents into DraftSight to convert into DWG files for revision, editing, and design.


Who Benefits From Using DraftSight?

AutoCAD users who collaborate with SOLIDWORKS users and those who use (or are considering using) SOLIDWORKS for 3D CAD benefit from switching to DraftSight. DraftSight and SOLIDWORKS work efficiently together to share files, re-use or update legacy data, or transition from 2D to 3D.

When you switch from AutoCAD to DraftSight, you will get:

  • Familiar functionality and user interface
  • More flexible licensing options, including Term, Perpetual, and Network licensing
  • A lower total cost of ownership
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Frequently Asked Questions

Is DraftSight better than AutoCAD?

The features of DraftSight overlap almost exactly with the features of AutoCAD, but at a fraction of the cost. DraftSight is also integrated into SOLIDWORKS and PDM to help with document management.

How do I activate DraftSight?

Start DraftSight and click on the down arrow beside “Help?” at the top right of your DraftSight screen. Then click on “Activate DraftSight” and take note of your serial number.

Can I try DraftSight for free?

Yes, you can download and start a 30-day free trial of DraftSight Premium.

Can I roll back my installation to the free version?

All free versions of DraftSight can no longer be activated. These versions have been discontinued since 12/31/2019.

Does DraftSight offer perpetual or network licensing?

Yes. Both DraftSight Enterprise editions are network licenses, meaning the license may be shared freely between multiple users. However, you may choose between a perpetual network license (no required annual fee) or a term (subscription) network license.

Is there a minimum number of licenses required in the initial purchase of DraftSight Enterprise editions?

There is no minimum number of licenses required to purchase DraftSight Enterprise editions if the term (subscription) licensing model is selected. For perpetual licenses, a minimum initial purchase of two Enterprise edition licenses is required. Subsequent licenses may then be added one at a time if desired.

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