"BricsCAD is an all-in-one CAD design solution"
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Pros
  • High compatibility with AutoCAD
  • High performance
  • Combination of 3D modeling with 2D drafting
  • Flexible pricing plans
Cons
  • Some commands are different from AutoCAD
  • Migration from other CAD software can be difficult
  • Delay in response from the support team
Company Background

BricsCAD is an all-in-one CAD design solution built for various industry designers: Architects, Contractors, Engineers, amongst others, to seamlessly create site designs. To this end, this platform offers a cost-effective family of products, all of which are available, on a perpetual license and on a subscription license basis.

Plans & Pricing

Compared to competitors, BricsCAD offers designers a relatively cheap CAD solution, with four plans to choose from; BricsCAD Lite, BricsCAD Pro, BricsCAD BIM, BricsCAD mechanical. All of which differ in features and are available on both perpetual/permanent licensing and subscription licensing. The subscription-based plans offer two options; 1 year and 3 years subscription. Each package’s pricing is based on the product and licensing plan selected. Also, this platform offers a free trial mode, allowing users the first-hand feel before purchasing or subscribing.

BricsCAD Lite
$350/year
30-day FREE trial
BricsCAD Pro
$720/year
30-day FREE trial
BricsCAD Mechanical
$1290/year
30-day FREE trial
BricsCAD BIM
$1360/year
30-day FREE trial

BricsCAD Lite

Like every other plan on this list, this package offers three sub-pricings; $350/year, $940/3 years, (subscription licensing), and a $560 one-time fee (perpetual licensing). Both subscription plans have BricsCAD maintenance included. However, with the perpetual licensing plan, you would need to pay an optional annual fee of $140 for maintenance. Otherwise, all these sub-plans share the same features, which include: Full AutoCAD compatibility, LISP routines, direct usage of AutoCAD dynamic blocks, high-performance graphics engine, PDF & Big TIFF underlays.

BricsCAD Pro

This plan is most suitable for 2D and 3D users who need the power of third-party applications. There are three sub-pricings within this plan, starting at $720/year, $1940/ 3 years, and a $960 one-time fee. Both subscription plans have BricsCAD maintenance included. However, with the perpetual licensing plan, you would need to pay an optional annual fee of $240 for maintenance. Otherwise, they all share the same features, which are as follows: Full AutoCAD compatibility, LISP routines, powerful 3D modeling, parametric blocks, point cloud visualization, and civil engineering site tools.

BricsCAD Mechanical

This plan is most suitable for mechanical engineers and product designers. You can get access to this plan in one of 3 ways: Perpetual licensing at a $1700 one-time fee, a $1290 one-year subscription, and a $3480 3 years subscription. Both subscription plans have BricsCAD maintenance included. However, with the perpetual licensing plan, you would need to pay an optional annual fee of $425 for maintenance. Otherwise, they all have the same features, which include but are not limited to; 3D direct modeler, flanges, bends, junctions, and tabs, relief, and splits, views, and balloons

BricsCAD BIM

 This plan is most suitable for designers, architects, and engineers working in building industries. You can use this plan in 3 ways; perpetual licensing at an $1800 one-time fee, a $1360 one-year subscription, and a $3650 3 year subscription. Both subscription plans have BricsCAD maintenance included. However, with the perpetual licensing plan, you would need to pay an optional annual fee of $450 for maintenance. Otherwise, they all have the same features, which include: end-to-end workflow, 3D workflow, push-pull direct modeling, quick draw, quick building, free-form direct modeling approach, visualization, AI-powered tools, and workflows, and automated classifier (Bimify), and collaboration.

Features & Functionality
Design Features

BricsCAD offers extensive features required to do more than just 2D and 3D modeling but generates renderings as well. Its high compatibility with AutoCAD means you don’t need to unlearn what you already know, neither do you need to learn new command names, aliases, and system variables. Also, this CAD platform is based on .DWG format, making it compatible with any CAD programs in the industry.

BricsCAD allows for easier automation of processes and bulk layer manipulations using LISP routines. Its compatibility with many CAD programs, including AutoCAD allows you to use LISP routines from any CAD program in BricsCAD.BricsCAD Pro offers powerful 3D direct modeling where you can dynamically edit your model display as you move your mouse. Also, this direct modeling feature is not limited to models created within BricsCAD, you can as well use this feature on imported solids.

Additionally, the BricsCAD BIM add-in offers one end-to-end workflow. And to speed up your workflow, this software offers the Quad cursor. An intuitive yet accurate cursor that automatically detects your dimension and simultaneously adjusts to present the commands you need.

Drawing

This software offers access to various tools 2D drawing tools, such as circles, lines, polygons, and more.

Rendering

BricsCAD allows you to render your 3D model based on the redway3d rendering engine. Also, it allows for real-time rendering with Enscape.

Features
  • Visualizing
  • Rendering
  • Drawing
  • Editing
  • Sequence Steps
  • Modeling
  • Dynamic Updating
Edit Features
Features
  • File Import
  • Push/Pull
  • Views
  • Grips
Collaboration

Multi-User

BricsCAD allows users to access BricsCAD on a LAN (local area network) using a BricsCAD network license. The number of users allowed at once is dependent on the number of network licenses available.

Annotation

BricsCAD allows you to generate annotations, that is, add keynotes, tags, etc. to your document.

Features
  • Multi-User
  • File Import/Export
  • Annotate
  • Documentation
  • Data Extract
Construction
Features
  • Fabrication
  • Reinforcement Tools
  • Clash Detection
  • Grading
  • Earthwork
Ease of Use

With customizable toolbars and an AutoCAD-like interface with similar commands and menus, BricsCAD is an easy-to-use CAD software. And with a quad cursor that produces commands that work on the entities you’ve selected; this software makes your design process faster. While having numerous features is great, it can be overwhelming for an inexperienced CAD user.

Customer Support

Bricsys has numerous detailed help and supports files and pages online and on the BricsCAD interface. You can contact their support team via the contact button on its website by using the categories to navigate to the solution for your query. And if you don’t find the solution you’re looking for, you’ll find a dialogue to submit your query under a specific category.

24/7 Help & Support
24/7 Help & Support
Bricsys offers 24/7 support via bricsys247
Phone Support
Phone Support
Bricsys offers phone support
Email
Email
This software offers email support.
Video Tutorials
Video Tutorials
Available on their YouTube page & via webinars.
FAQ
FAQ
Detailed FAQ section under the learn & support tab.
Final Word

Overall, Bricsys good software. While it is similar to AutoCAD, it has numerous unique features that are different from AutoCAD’s. Its uniqueness is evident in that it bases all its designs on the .dwg file format. Also, with an interface similar to that of AutoCAD, the learning curve is even shorter and users can easily navigate through it, making BricsCAD an easy-to-use CAD software. Additionally, this software offers flexible pricing options, catering to both individuals and enterprises. Some of its standout features include; 3D direct modeling, multitasking, quick draw, quick building, the quad cursor, and more.

Derek Johnson
Author: Derek Johnson
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