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What makes AViCAD different?

Complete 2D & 3D

AViCAD is award winning plant and piping software which also includes Ducting, Structural and Mechanical tools so that you can get the job done effortlessly every time.

Very affordable

Produce professional CAD drawings with very little upfront investment. AViCAD is just a fraction of the price of AutoCAD® and loaded with lots of tools.

Writes to DWG

By default AViCAD writes to AutoCAD® DWG. Our software delivers the best CAD compatibility to ensures unrivaled compatibility with all AutoCAD® releases.

AutoCAD®-like software at a quarter the price

Tired of over-priced and over-complicated CAD software?

Sick of paying for subscriptions – costing you thousands of dollars every year?

Welcome to a simple and affordable alternative called AViCAD.

Everything looks and performs the same as what you would find in other CAD programs.

Explore our video below for a quick overview.

How customers have benefited from AViCAD

When my projects are completed, I simply save the file and just like AutoCAD I can share it with my consultants. Love it.”


I have sold, trained and used CAD for over 50 years. Started with Intergraph who sold MicroStation then Autocad, Dassault etc. I am quite impressed.

John Murray

“All the tools I need to get my engineering projects finished. Thanx for your wonderful engineering software!”

R Goodman, PA USA

I love this software. It loads quickly, is faster and cleaner than Autocad, has more useful add ons for real world work and I just deleted 50GB more of Autocad files.


“We purchased AViCAD when it first released and have been using it ever since. We’re free from expensive updates from “big A” and enjoying every minute of it.”

Mark Simmons, Verona WI

“With the money saved by switching to AVICad I’m getting a new CAD laptop and I’ll still be saving money over AutoCAD subscriptions!

Ralph S, CA

AViCAD empowers you like no other CAD software
Affordable Software
Extremely Economical

AViCAD licenses are available as perpetual or subscription. With Perpetual licenses, upgrading to the latest version is always optional. Use it for as long as you require.

Mech-Q Suite
Mech-Q Full Suite

Instantly become productive using our Piping, Mechanical, HVAC and Structural Tools, called Mech-Q. This engineering suite is included in both AviCAD and AViCAD Plus.

Unlimited Support
Unlimited Support

AViCAD offers free technical support for as long as you need it. Essential CAD classes, easy to follow video tutorials and a help library are included and available anytime you need them.


AViCAD is your best AutoCAD® alternative. Most all the commands are the same and the interface is nearly identical, so you will feel right at home. Choose between our Classic or Ribbon interface.

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AViCAD - your best Autocad alternative

Complete Ownership

Perpetual licensing available. You own the license outright.

Compare us with Big A and you’ll see why AViCAD is the best AutoCAD® alternative available

AViCAD Subscriptions - Your Alterative to AutoCAD

Minimal Investment

Subscriptions available. Choose either monthly or yearly.

You are in control. Use AViCAD for a little over a dollar a day

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Even more extra features available

3D PDF export tool

3D PDF export tool

View and manipulate your 3D model right inside your PDF, no CAD software required on the receiving end. A free PDF Reader is all you need. Allows you create 3D walk throughs, 3D views, zoom, pan, control layers, colors, shading and more.

File Converters

File Converters

AViCAD Plus ships with PDF to DXF Converter, a STEP/Iges converter, a 3D PDF generator and a high-resolution vector PDF printer is in-built. Plus there are over 15 different ways to export your drawing to various filetypes.

2D/3D Architectural Tools

2D/3D Architectural Tools

AViCAD Plus automates the drawing process with wall, window, door, roofs and stair utilities. Easy to use dialogs allow you to add preconfigured architectural elements into your drawing, So if you are looking to add architectural elements into your drawing its no problem.

Massive Block Library

Massive Block Library

20,000 blocks are available within AViCAD Plus – all categorized into this block manager. Drawing libraries include Electrical, Mechanical, Architectural symbols and more. Add you own blocks using this manager and create organized folders so you can locate them on the fly.

Our AViCAD Plus version ships with many add-on utilities like PDF to DXF Converter,
Step/Iges converters, Massive Block Libraries and much more.
It’s the best AutoCAD® alternative you’ll find anywhere.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s required to run AViCAD?

Windows® XP, Vista, Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10 or 11.vIntel Pentium® or more powerful processor.v1 GB RAM (minimum), 2 or more GB (recommended) 1+ GB of hard disk space.

I’m new to CAD. Is AViCAD for me?

We have many users just starting with CAD. Because our tools do most of the heavy lifting for you, AViCAD is a great choice for CAD beginners. We also have many easy to follow training videos to get you started. We also offer a beginners CAD course.

I have AutoCAD. Are the Mech-Q tools available separately?

Yes, our piping design software and other Mech-Q tools are also available as an add-on for AutoCAD® and other CAD applications.

Why is AViCAD your best AutoCAD alternative?

AViCAD offer the closest AutoCAD user experience – uses DWG as native file type – defaults to reading and writing in DWG file formats plus save as older DWG types.

AViCAD’s uses native file format is DWG, so it can open, edit, and save any existing DWG file generated by AutoCAD® from version 2.5 to 2024 without any conversion or data loss.

AViCAD includes hundreds of exclusive tools and functions at no extra cost, such as our Mech-Q Engineering Suite and Architectural Tools.

AViCAD Grips perform just like AutoCAD

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Built-in CAD tools you just won’t find anywhere else

Have a look at what AViCAD offers:

  • Opens DWG’s right away without any additional steps
  • Includes 3D modeling, XREFing, AutoLISP and PDF printing
  • Includes popular engineering add-on Mech-Q with 2D/3D piping, ducting, structural and mechanical
  • Architectural 2D/ 3D module **
  • Includes bonus “Express Tools” in order to provide you with short-cuts for common design tasks
  • Choose between top ribbon with tab interface or classic interface
  • Save and import your vectored PDF into AViCAD DWG **
  • Work with IGES, STEP and Solidworks files easily **
  • High Resolution PDF Printer added with vectored output
  • Advanced Grips for polyline and hatch, middle grip, edit menu
  • Extra CAD tools at no extra cost – it’s simply your best AutoCAD® alternative

** Available with the Plus Version

Export your CAD drawings to many file types

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Checkout what’s new, what’s coming and what AViCAD can do for you.

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Whats inside AViCAD?
What’s inside AViCAD?

AViCAD is just like AutoCAD®, compare them side by side. You’ll be amazed.