The Advantages of DraftSight Premium

Article by Rod Mackay updated January 31, 2022


If you are looking to upgrade your AutoCAD 2D CAD tool then you should try DraftSight Premium from DS.

DraftSight Premium includes all the 2D CAD features in DraftSight Professional, plus full 3D capabilities and parametric constraints. DraftSight Premium is ideal for drafting, modeling, prototyping, manufacturing, laser cutting, and 3D printing. Watch the video below to learn about the unique features in DraftSight Premium:

Current annual subscription price is US$499 per year.

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DraftSight Premium Capabilities

DraftSight Premium is a feature-rich 2D CAD solution that will streamline the design process, you will be able to continue to use your favorite AutoCAD tools while increasing efficiency. The premium version includes productivity tools such as support for Dynamic Blocks, PowerTrim, DrawCompare, and automatic layer assignment. There is also a robust API to customize and automate processes with LISP routines or your favorite programming language. Review the list of capabilities below

Essential Tools

  • Draw tools (Line, Polyline, Arc, Circle, Ellipse, Table, Hatch, Cloud, Block…)
  • Modify tools (Move, Copy, Rotate, Array, Scale, Trim, Chamfer, Split…)
  • Layer, Block, Group, Print
  • Standard Compliant Drawings
  • Polyline Editing
  • Community Forum Support
  • Hatch Layer
  • Discarding Duplicate Entities
  • SVG scalable icons for HD displays
  • Hairline option for printout
  • Layer Preview
  • Block – Redefine Base Point

Productivity Tools

  • Mechanical Toolbox (BOM, Revision Table, Hardware, Holes, Welding/Surface/Finish Symbols…)
  • Design Resources Library
  • Batch Printing
  • Drawing Compare
  • Automatic Dimensioning
  • Automatic Dimensioning Arrangement
  • Automatic Trim Dimension Extension Lines
  • Thumbwheel on the Dimension Palette
  • Right Click to Select Arrow Heads
  • Split Dimension
  • Mass Properties Calculations
  • Auto-Completion Commands
  • Quick Input Methods

Premium Tools

  • 3D Tools
  • 2D Constraints

Interoperability Tools

  • View Dynamic Blocks with Configurations
  • Create custom blocks
  • LISP Automation (AutoLISP, Visual LISP support)
  • 3DEXPERIENCE Integration
  • 3DEXPERIENCE Marketplace Integration
  • HomeByMe Integration
  • 3D Content Central Integration
  • SOLIDWORKS PDM and SOLIDWORKS Electrical software connectors
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Rod has been using 3D CAD software for over 25 years and has trained thousands of designers to use their CAD systems more effectively. Rod is the Javelin Webmaster and is based in Ottawa, ON., Canada.