5 Best Digital Designs Tools for Buildings and Models

Architectural software has become a necessity in modern markets. It doesn’t matter which platform you use — any form of digital design software will make life so much easier.

Although there has been evidence of a slump in the market throughout the past few years, the demand for such software has been more or less the same. Regardless of the framework, you’re using, the latest patterns of software in digital designs comforts us through a variety of features.

It is not like we only have to design our vision in a narrow spectrum, digital design software demonstrates a variety of evidence on account of new features, tools, skill sets, and so much more. Top it off with the ability to automate several tasks, and you are looking at a fully-fledged product to carry your projects to the next level.

Take a brief look at some of the best available architectural software available in the market. In addition, we have also mentioned other options that are worth praising. Take your pick, and let us know through the comments section below about which solution worked best for you!

1. 3DS MAX

It is a very accommodating and supple method of modeling in addition to sturdy plugins. Primarily, it is a tool for animators and graphic designers, but architects have been known to get by with plenty of tools that blend seamlessly with their work.

The following are some promising features of 3DS Max.

Key Features:

  1. 3D Animation with Vast Variety of Modeling
  2. Maximum file support in AutoCAD
  3. Robust Extensions
  4. Abrupt Erudition Bend (Curve)

3d Studio Max was incepted long before the existence of 3.x series Windows OS. Since then, the program has been a pioneer tool used to construct all kinds of 2D and 3D images.

In combination with other recognized design software; like Vanilla, one can use all that 3DS has to offer for onscreen digital media, material designs, product manufacturing, and other entertainment functions.

3DS Max is available through a yearly subscription of $1,545. There are ongoing discount offers from time to time, but you need to keep up with those on the official company’s software webpage. Alternatively, you can buy it as part of a bundle with Revit, AutoCAD, Civil 3D, InfraWorks, and Navisworks Manage for (a discounted) $2,825.

If onetime payment is an issue for you, you can sign up for 3DS Max’s 6–12 month subscription plans. Doing so will help you to cut down on the lump sum cost. Regardless, we recommend buying a bundle instead of buying one software. Doing that seems to be a feasible option from a long term use perspective. Plus, the updates are always free.

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2. Civil 3D

Civil 3D more of a mix-up of AutoCAD with a touch of civil engineering. Take a look at some of the key highlights of this cool architecture design software below:

Key Features:

  1. The annexation of multiple command lines
  2. Offers a multi-dimensional approach to various projects
  3. Ability to solve intermittent solidity problems

There are only two functions and characteristics that are highly needed from AutoCAD from an architect’s point of view. They need to get by with modeling and drawing capabilities of a software. Fortunately, this one offers both with the addition of many other technical perks.

This design tool can work in collaboration with Autodesk tools e.g., AutoCAD, 3Ds Max, etc. It is very helpful when planning for the accomplishment of a design project and other related aspects. Apart from that, Civil 3D is more than suitable for compiling structured BMI work patters.

Moving on, the price for Civil 3D costs around $2,205 per year/ per license. From time to time, Civil 3D guys do offer a discount deal with other similar software as a bundle offer. You can avail it if you are interested to save money from a long term investment perspective.

3. AutoCAD

AutoCAD doesn’t need a formal introduction; people have been using this design tool for several decades now. Since its inception, AutoCAD has undergone several core updates, version changes, and feature sets.

However, the company made sure that the simplicity and essence of this architectural design software remain true to its roots. This is one of the main reasons as to why so many structural engineers, architects, and building designers rely on AutoCAD to deliver bleeding-edge results.

Key Features:

  1. The effective alternate route for keyboard and a variety of shortcuts
  2. Integration with AutoDesk and other programs
  3. Helps to perform complex/ special functions

For those interested in old-school techniques, they can pull many tools through the native AutoDesk Toolkit implementation in AutoCAD. Or, is it the other way around? Whatever works for you, that’s what really matters.

Performance-wise, AutoCAD has what it takes to deliver architecture projects that are based on modern geometry, new 3D designs, and mathematics. These components matter a lot because of the updated design and mechanism requirements of elevators, building sections, doors, walls and megastructures in the industry these days.

Compared to the aforementioned programs, AutoCAD comes at $1580 approx., which is a lot less as compared to the high priced ticket tools in the market.

4. Chief Architecture

Chief Architecture is another notable addition to this digital design tools write-up. Although it is not as popular as its counterpart, the program does seem to have a few strong attributes. You can use it on Mac and Windows workstations.

Unlike conventional architectural programs, Chief Architecture is aimed towards home designers and private residence structural engineers. The tool offers users an ability to remodel, reshape and renovate old home designs. In addition, the software comes with an approx. $2000 price tag. Chief Architecture is also offering a Platinum License key for $3,000 — i.e. if you are interested in a long term license usage plan.

5. Revit

Last but not the least, Revit is a high-performance architecture design software in the industry. In comparison to other programs right now, Revit is developed on a lightweight profile that consumes fewer PC resources and helps to deliver high performance altogether.

Revit file extensions are supported by other programs too. Therefore, you can import your projects in different design software after exporting them via Revit. The only setback of Revit is the interface. It is not very interactive. You may get that “rigid” feeling while using Revit software for the first few times. It’s because the program does not offer a sense of flexibility.

But then again, this software is excellent for anyone looking to do work on Business Information Modeling projects. It is okay to assume that Revit is an updated/ revamped version of AutoDesk. There are a lot of new features and implementations as compared to the older version of AutoDesk.

Revit coordinates, controls and supports everything that is aligned with a team of engineers who have been assigned any type of blueprints. It also helps to bridge communication gaps between systems, engineers and the fraternity.

As far as pricing is concerned, this software comes with a $2310 tag. You can, however, avail a discount deal should you decide to bundle the program with other popular tools.


Do you have a personal favorite design tool that wasn’t mentioned in this listicle? If so, do let us know through the comments section below. Good luck!

Originally published at https://www.ntaskmanager.com on March 25, 2020.




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