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Best cad drawings apps for iphone or ipad

Running late for your design presentation? Or perhaps you just wanna draw using your fingertips for a more accurate look? If your answer to both questions is yes, then this list is for you! Here are the CAD drawings apps for iPhone or iPad for you to help you create designs even when you're on the go!

1.iDesign

Paid: $7.99

iDesign is a powerful app for iOS devices. You can make professional drawings, illustrations, and graphics quickly through your mobile device. The app allows you import SVG files and export to several formats (JPEG, PNG, PDF, and SVG). 

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4+

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Productivity,Utilities

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TouchAware Limited

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  • Raymond Peters

    by Raymond Peters

    A decent app for creating vector graphics with an extensive list of tools at your disposal. It automatically syncs with your icloud so you can bring your work on the go.

2.Morpholio Trace

with in-app purchases

Morpholio Trace - Sketch CAD is an app for architecture and design. It is developed by Morpholio Apps to help a user sketch, design, and create their own piece. 

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4+

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Utilities,Productivity

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Morpholio LLC

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  • Jose Weaver

    by Jose Weaver

    This is a great Auto CAD app for the iPad, with one catch. This app is geared towards more experienced users that intended to utilize this for some se More

  • Daniel Dean

    by Daniel Dean

    When I had this app as a beginner I was a bit intimidated. There are much features I might have understood soon had this app been a desktop software.  More

  • by Jesse Fisher

    A great app for professionals. It works well especially with those who really have experienced doing CAD designs. At first was a bit tricky to use

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3.AutoQ3D CAD

Paid: $29.99

AutoQ3D CAD is a complete tool to create, edit and share 2D and 3D drawings and designs. See your creations from different points of view and edit them using basic operations. It features also a video tutorial library and email support.


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Everyone

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Productivity

Publisher:

AutoQ3D Team

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1.99 MB

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  • Kathleen Wells

    by Kathleen Wells

    I've got errors when I first used this app on my iPad so I approached the dev team and they responded so fast adn were able to resolve my issues. Grea More

  • Aarav Chopra

    by Aarav Chopra

    AutoQ3D CAD is a perfect solution for CAD drawings apps for iPhone or iPad because it is a complete tool to create, edit and share 2D and 3D drawings  More

4.CAD Pockets

with in-app purchases

CAD Pockets is a multi-functional app for iPhone or IPad users in creating, editing, annotating, and sharing different CAD files such as DWG, DWF, and DWF. It requires iOS 8.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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4+

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Productivity

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  • by Lawrence Palmer

    I've been in search for CAD apps for my school requirement and found about this app from my roommate. I'm happy to know this! It helped me with my project though I needed few revisions, I know I can manage using this one. Thanks for the help rooma

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5.Fusion 360

Paid: $300
Fusion 360 is a cloud-based 3D CAD, CAM, and CAE platform for product development. It combines industrial and mechanical design, simulation, collaboration, and machining in a single package.

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  • Lawrence Bates

    by Lawrence Bates

    There is a slight learning curve when using this app but once you get used to it, it feels natural and you get a nice workflow going. It might not be  More

  • Patricia Young

    by Patricia Young

    I like how I can view multiple formats here. This gives me convenience while traveling to the sites where I supervise. I can review the drawings over  More

  • by Lawrence Alvarado

    Good app for not so good beginner like me! HAHAHA :D was able to create my design with simple options from Fusion. 

6.Shapr3D

Free download

Shapr3D is a powerful app for iPad. With this app, you can sketch and model objects and any element. It is very easy to use. Enjoy creating amazing 3D figures.

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  • Jordan Fields

    by Jordan Fields

    This is one of the more expensive CAD apps for the iPad Pro but I do think it is worth the asking price. This is truly one of the more professional Au More

  • Dániel Rosner null

    by Dániel Rosner null

    It is the only iPad app that runs on the same engine as Solidworks. Professional CAD, that utilizes the Apple Pencil and touch interface perfectly.

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7.uMake

with in-app purchases

uMake is a mobile application which will allow anyone to create 3D content the easiest way with its accurate designs using sketch plans, dimensions, snap tools and more. Your created designs can also be viewed in Augmented Reality. 

Age rating:

4+

Category:

Business,Productivity

Publisher:

UMake, Inc.

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336.67 MB

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  • John Chen

    by John Chen

    A good CAD app for the iPad with a nice and easy to use UI for some quick sketches. You can also create vector graphics and export it to a number of different formats like OBJ and STL and use it with other CAD apps.

8.PadCAD

with in-app purchases

PadCAD is an app for small drafting and construction projects. It features intuitive controls, zoom and a joystick to rotate and move any element of the project. You can export your drawings as an image or PDF file.

Age rating:

4+

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Utilities,Productivity

Publisher:

Plugworks Inc.

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  • Teresa Perez

    by Teresa Perez

    This app provides a nice middle ground between beginners and more experienced users. It caters to both types with subtle and relevant assistance promp More

  • Adriana Sánchez

    by Adriana Sánchez

    I've been using PadCAD for years to make CAD drawings on my ipad. It works really well!

  • Alan Hall

    by Alan Hall

    Very weak. Claims to be able to export to PDF and by sending an e-mail. Neither worked for me. Barely touch the screen and it zoomed in or off to the  More

9.AutoCAD

Paid: $1260 with in-app purchases

This is the official AutoCAD mobile app, the computer-aided design software that allows you to design every detail with 2D and 3D and share drawings across desktop, cloud, and mobile.

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Everyone

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Productivity

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Autodesk Inc.

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  • Edison Meng

    by Edison Meng

    One of the better drafting apps available for the iPad. It's easy to use and adaptable to many use cases. Its library could use a wider selection, may More

  • Judith Garrett

    by Judith Garrett

    Life is not a stationary event. Neither are your CAD drawings--using the AutoCAD app you can design and share your 2D and 3D across different platform More

  • Thomas Carpenter

    by Thomas Carpenter

    If anything, I would suggest adding more libraries for objects coz it's kinda challenging manually doing them in Autocad app coz you gonna be using yo More

10.ArcSite

with in-app purchases

ArcSite is a mobile CAD app for architecture, engineering, and construction professionals. It's intuitive and easy to use, plus, as it's designed for a mobile device you'll be able to have all your projects at hand on the field without having to print out your plans.

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  • Elizabeth Watson

    by Elizabeth Watson

    My manager suggested that I use this while we were on a business trip. I havent used any other CAD apps since.

11.eDrawings

Paid: $1.99 With in-app purchases

eDrawings is an app offered by SolidWorks for CAD designers out there. The app provides sample files that you can check for reference. It requires iOS 8.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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  • Alan Simmons

    by Alan Simmons

    I had to download the PRO version for me to use the app again :( It worked well after I did. Good app for those who have the penny to purchase a good app. But with me who only uses free apps, this is not so good app. But still best when paid, of c

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12.DWG FastView

with in-app purchases

DWG FastView is an app that allows you to create, browse and edit 2D and 3D designs. The app doesn't need registration and has support for offline drawings. You can export your projects to PDF, BMP, JPG and PNG and share them.

Age rating:

Everyone

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Productivity

Publisher:

Gstarsoft Co., Ltd.

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41.94 MB

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  • Gloria Harris

    by Gloria Harris

    This is not the best app for the CAD on the iphone and ipad. I've had better, this one stutters a heck of a lot.

13.TouchDraw

Paid: $8.99

TouchDraw is a powerful app to create graphics. You can create vector drawings and export in several formats like PNG, JPEG, PDF, SVG... Let your imagination fly and produce beautiful graphics

Age rating:

4+

Category:

Productivity,Business

Publisher:

Elevenworks LLC

Size:

83.80 MB

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  • Alan Guo

    by Alan Guo

    One of the best drafting app for the iPad. It's great for creating diagrams with a really intuitive UI and a nice list of features. When you take into account the nice and clean UI, its extensive features, and very reasonable price, this is one of th More

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know that the modern computer-aided design (CAD) programs were inspired by a piece in the thesis of the then-MIT Ph.D. candidate, Ivan Sutherland? Sutherland, who will go on to become an Internet pioneer and will get the mantle as the father of computer graphics, invented the Robot Draftsman as a part of his thesis for a Ph.D. degree in MIT in 1963. The Draftsman, which will later be called Sketchpad, is a software that allows engineers and designers to use a computer in creating designs for easy editing and duplication. It is also a program that allows designers to easily consider geometric constraints in their designs as it has features that let users to set angles and curves. The draftsman was so influential that it is still receiving praise almost five decades after its invention. In 2012, Sutherland was honored with the Kyoto Prize, 24 years after he received the Turing Award for the program.

But the man considered as the real father of modern CAD programs is Patrick Hanratty, a computer scientist who led a team of employees from General Motors and IBM in creating Design Augmented by Computer, or DAC-1, a software for helping GM improve the design and manufacture automobiles in the latter part of the 20th century. According to a study released by the University of California in 2012, analysts think that more than two-thirds of the 3-D CAD apps or computer-aided manufacturing programs in the business are rooted from Hanratty's revolutionary creation, even the popular CAD apps for iPad.

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