How much does CAD software for steel engineering really cost? It is not easy to give a simple answer to this question. In order to decide which CAD software is most suitable for your steel engineering company and to determine the costs, there are several aspects to take into account.
Which CAD software solution is right for your steel engineering company?
Every steel engineering company is different. Companies differ from each other based on their size and number of employees, their production facilities, the products and services they deliver and the processes and systems they use. These are all things that must be taken into account when choosing the right CAD software and which determine the costs of a CAD solution, but also the yield and profitability of the CAD solution.
There is also a big difference between types of CAD solutions. 2D CAD software is cheaper than 3D CAD software, but it is not suitable for working with BIM. You are also missing out on several other benefits. For example, 3D CAD makes it possible to draw complex projects in a simple way, to make the drawings easier to read and to prevent errors. Nevertheless, 2D CAD can sometimes be useful, for example when you want to assess and modify views, sections and connections. Fortunately, you don't have to choose between 2D and 3D.
In addition to choosing between 2D CAD software and 3D CAD software, you also have the choice between software with or without tailor-made customisation. The disadvantage of customisation is that it is more expensive than standard software alone. On the other hand, customisation can be designed completely according to your own processes and products. Customised software can be used to automate many repetitive tasks, which will save a lot of time during the engineering process. For example, customised software makes it possible to print or export all the drawings of a project and make DXF exports with a single press of a button.
Choosing and purchasing good CAD software is one thing, but the implementation and proper use of the software is at least as important. A good partner helps you to set up the software and connect it to the existing systems and processes of your steel engineering company. This ensures that you get the most out of the CAD solution. A partner thinks along with you and helps you achieve your goals. This is in contrast to other CAD software suppliers, who are only partially available for questions and training.
As opposed to the question of how much CAD software costs, there is also the question of how much CAD software can reduce costs for you. The right CAD software and partner can help your steel engineering company reduce costs in a number of ways. Make an appointment with our experts to find out how ISD Group can help your company reduce costs.
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