2D CAD Software
for 2D drawing & drafting


Intelligent and efficient 2D CAD to help you get more work done faster using unique drawing toolsets.

High-Performance 2D Drawing and Drafting Software

When it comes to fast and efficient drafting, having access to the highest-performing 2D drafting software is a must. As the cornerstone of numerous building and manufacturing projects, those responsible for drafting 2D models must work with large amounts of information to transpose details into designs. This is where 2D computer-aided design software, or 2D CAD software, has become a game-changer. 2D CAD allows drafters to work with specialized technology to increase accuracy while decreasing manual labor.

When it comes to 2D drafting software, Bricsys has continually led the way in the industry. BricsCAD Lite offers optimal toolsets in a user-friendly and highly compatible format. BricsCAD Lite makes it easy to sync on projects while decreasing the tedious, manual labor involved in the drafting process.

High-Performance 2D Drawing and Drafting Software
Create 2D CAD Models for Your Industry

Create 2D CAD Models for Your Industry

BricsCAD Lite - 2D drafting software can be used for numerous industries and applications. Architects, civil engineers, construction professionals, mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, fashion designers, and manufacturers all rely on 2D CAD Drawings to power projects.

2D CAD drafting involves drawing sketches, plans, and objects from a top-down perspective, a valuable tool in situations where a full 3D model isn’t required. Using 2D CAD software, professionals in these industries can turn ideas into digital drawings, reduce errors, improve design & documentation, reduce time to market, and increase project collaboration. 2D drawings are the foundation of projects across sectors, and the right technology helps create streamlined workflows and improved accuracy in drawings.

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BricsCAD products offer the ultimate toolset for 2D drawing, including the following industry-leading tools.

What is 2D CAD Software Used for?

2D CAD software is extremely helpful in architecture, fashion, engineering, construction, and manufacturing projects. The software makes it possible for teams to draft and design 2D models that act as the cornerstone drawing of a project in a highly efficient manner. This document works as a basic outline of where a project is headed.

For example, when constructing a new office building, 2D CAD software will help to quickly pull together critical information about the building’s floor plans. Other teams, such as engineers, will go on to use that information to add their own annotations and data.

2D CAD software has been a revolutionary shift for designs of all kinds. Replacing the manual process of putting pencil to paper, 2D software often includes pre-built components and data sets that can be reused to efficiently outline a project. Additionally, built-in intelligent design tools automate manual processes, creating a streamlined approach to 2D drafting.

What is 2D CAD Software Used for
What is the Difference Between 2D and 3D CAD Software

What is the Difference Between 2D and 3D CAD Software?

The difference between 2D and 3D CAD software is the style of a model designed within the platform. 2D CAD focuses on two-dimensional designs, aided using a computer. 3D CAD, conversely, is utilized for three-dimensional designs.

2D CAD software is designed for the efficient creation of 2D drawings. It is a fast way to ensure the creation of a quality draft.

3D CAD software takes design to another level, offering added layers of data and information portrayed in a 3D format. Both are highly effective and important tools for building projects.

High-Performance Modeling

When it comes to 2D CAD software, BricsCAD Lite is second to none. This intuitive platform features AI-powered, intelligent tools that help make 2D drafting more efficient and precise. The platform allows users ultimate flexibility, and the dynamic modeling tools make it easy to transition between workflows.

BricsCAD Lite is 2.7x faster at opening 500+ DWG files and 2.8x faster at running an advanced LISP routine. (Source: BricsCAD's LISP kicks sand in the face of AutoCAD's)

You can take real advantage of multicore CPUs since BricsCAD supports multi-threaded, multi-processor operations to accelerate product performance for file loads, drawing generation, and rendering.

BricsCAD uses a multi-resolution, persistent image cache to display PDF underlays, enabling super-fast zoom and pan operations. And BricsCAD’s raster engine delivers great pan and zoom performance, even with enormous 64-bit Big TIFF files.

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The BricsCAD Ultimate trial gives you access to the full suite of BricsCAD products including BricsCAD Lite, Pro, BIM and Mechanical.

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Software to Suit Your Design Needs

BricsCAD allows experts to create more accurate design representations. CAD replaced manual design drafting, allowing better development, alteration, and optimization. BricsCAD enables engineers to craft more detailed designs and manipulate them virtually. CAD software calculates how multiple materials relate.

BricsCAD has designed the ultimate suite of tools to meet your design needs. From the earliest stages of 2D drafting to the finalized 3D models utilized for manufacturing or building, our robust set of products makes it easy to create a streamlined workflow.

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FAQs about 2D CAD software

What is 2D drawing?

2D drafting is the process of designing and editing technical models. These drawings are created using CAD software and utilized across industries for developing floor plans, elevations, building layouts, landscapes, and more. Drafts are also annotated with crucial details, notes, and accompanying documentation that allow teams across a project to access relevant data as needed.

How to convert a 2D drawing into a 3D model in BricsCAD?

To convert a 2D drawing into a 3D model using BricsCAD, you can follow these steps:

  • Open your 2D drawing in BricsCAD.
  • Use the EXTRUDE or REVOLVE command to turn 2D shapes into 3D solids.
  • Use the EXTRUDE command to extrude 2D shapes along a specified path.
  • Use the REVOLVE command to revolve 2D shapes around a specified axis to create 3D objects.
  • Apply additional commands, such as LOFT or SWEEP to create more complex 3D shapes.
  • Use the MODIFY tool to adjust the size, shape, and location of 3D objects.
  • Apply materials and lighting to your 3D model to create a more realistic appearance.
  • Use the RENDER command to create a photorealistic image of your 3D model.

Note: These steps are general and may vary depending on your version of BricsCAD. It's recommended to refer to the BricsCAD documentation for more detailed instructions.

Which software is best for 2D drawing?

The best software for 2D drawing depends significantly on a team’s specific needs. Ideally, any 2D CAD software should include an intuitive user layout focused on efficient workflows and should be designed to offer ultimate compatibility with industry command, script, macro, and menu standards.
BricsCAD is a powerful CAD software that offers robust 2D drafting and drawing capabilities, making it a popular choice for many users.

What can you do with 2D CAD software?

2D CAD (Computer-Aided Design) software can create and edit two-dimensional technical drawings and designs. With 2D CAD software, you can:

- Create detailed technical drawings: Draw precise and accurate lines, arcs, circles, polyglines, and more to create your design.

- Add annotations: Add notes, dimensions, labels, and symbols to your drawings to clarify details and specifications.

- Work with layers: Organize your drawings using layers, so you can turn on or off certain parts of your design.

- Import and export file formats: Import existing drawings from other CAD software or save your drawings in various file formats for sharing and collaboration.

- Create and edit shapes: Use tools to create basic shapes, modify existing shapes, and combine shapes to create complex designs.

- Work with blocks: Create and insert reusable blocks into your drawings to save time and improve efficiency.

- Plot and print: Plot your drawings to paper or create PDFs for sharing or printing.

Overall, 2D CAD software is a powerful tool that can help you create and edit technical drawings, improve accuracy and efficiency, and communicate your designs effectively.

What are the minimum system and hardware requirements for BricsCAD?

The minimum system requirements for BricsCAD are:

  • Operating System: Windows 10, 11 (x64), MacOS 10.15, and later, or Linux. (Visit the help article for more details)

  • Processor: Intel or AMD processor with a clock speed of at least 1 GHz.

  • RAM: At least 8 GB of memory, 16 GB or more, is recommended for larger or more complex drawings.

  • Hard Drive: At least 3 GB of free hard drive space.

  • Display: Monitor with a minimum resolution of Full HD (1920x1080).

  • Graphics Card: Video card with DirectX 9 or higher compatibility.

  • Internet connection: A stable Internet connection and some additional features are required for activation.

It's important to note that these are the minimum requirements and may vary depending on the complexity of your drawings and the other applications you have running on your system. To ensure optimal performance, it is recommended to have a more robust design with a fast processor, more memory, and a dedicated graphics card.

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