CAD software for the Mac

I have been on the lookout for CAD software to use on my MacBook for some time, but I hadn’t found anything suitable. In the meantime, I was using a Windows CAD program on a virtual machine, and that seemed to do the trick. When a recent software install mysteriously rendered the program on my virtual system useless, I was right back at square one. Now I really needed to find a solution that runs natively in Mac OS X.

After doing a little research on the web, I found www.turbocad.com – offering CAD software for both the Windows and Mac platforms. I decided to download their TurboCAD Mac Designer 2D trial version and gave it an extensive test run.

Using the import function, I was able to open drafts I had created with the Windows software, and I was up and running in no time. It took me a little while to get used to the user interface, but I was able to work with it efficiently after just a few hours. The feature list measures up to other comparable CAD programs, and at an MSRP of $69.95, it seems to be reasonably priced.

FREMO:87 H0 Pur® module piece in TurboCAD 2D.

FREMO:87 module end in TurboCAD Mac Designer 2D.

But before I decide whether or not to purchase the 2D version that I’ve tested, I plan to try TurboCAD Mac Deluxe 2D/3D, which includes 3D rendering capabilities for just $60 more – something that may be useful for more complex models. I’ll let you know how that goes…

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