What is BricsCAD Software?

Powerful, multi-discipline CAD software that helps you design better.

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BricsCAD is no-compromise CAD software.

BricsCAD® is the modern, familiar, and cost-effective CAD (Computer Aided Design) platform for everyone who designs, builds, and manufactures things. It is a software solution for design and technical documentation.

It is part of the complete BricsCAD DWG-based design platform. It is developed to be cost-effective and fully customizable, with its own LISP capability. It features some fantastic functionality that provides a boost in productivity.

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Built on DWG

DWG is the standard file format in the CAD industry, and DWG is the native file format for BricsCAD.

So, you can open, edit, and save AutoCAD® drawings directly in BricsCAD without the need to convert, import, or export.

BricsCAD uses the most current DWG file format and saves it from the Release 11/12 format. It even supports DXF as far back as Release 9.

  • DWG & Other Vector Files

  • DWG format import/export

  • Open DWG/DXF/DWT

  • Save as DWG/DXF/DWT

  • Export DWF

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2D Drafting

BricsCAD is fully suited for working with basic 2D drawings. 

It includes all the fundamental features needed by users, including tool palettes, ribbon interface (with CUI support), XREF (external referencing), plotting in 2D, and much more.

BricsCAD is highly compatible, allowing you to use any existing customizations. You can migrate your CUI files for a seamless CAD experience. 

3D Modeling

BricsCAD Pro allows you to work in both 2D and 3D. You get 3D drawing capabilities, various camera views, walkthrough navigation, and more.

Designing a 3D model is as simple as creating shapes and using tools to push/pull extrusions and curves. This format essentially lets you design first and adjust later.

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Over 400+ 3rd Party Apps

BricsCAD Pro versions and up are compatible with literally hundreds of industry-specific, 3rd party applications. These include custom apps for electrical, structural, mechanical, HVAC, and more.

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BricsCAD Includes Powerful AI Tools

Bricsys harnesses the power of AI and machine learning to identify similar geometry in your files and provide help with repetitive tasks.

Automatically classify solids as building elements -BricsCAD detects walls, slabs, and columns. Yet, this can be extended to incorporate more specialized types like composites (curtain walls, stairs, roofs, etc.) and subtypes (walls, roof slabs, front doors, etc.).

Repair your model – BricsCAD Optimize can repair modeling errors, like small gaps between solids, or other minor errors, when trained to do so. Of course, you can reverse, overrule, or ignore any design suggestion you wish.

A full library with all your Parametric blocks

Dynamic Blocks &
Parametric Blocks

Dynamic Blocks created in AutoCAD® can be used directly inside of BricsCAD. Control visibility states and stretch, flip, and rotate just as you would in AutoCAD®. Although Dynamic Blocks can be used, they cannot be edited or authored in BricsCAD. Parametric Blocks in BricsCAD control that functionality.

Parametric Blocks work in both 2D and 3D and deliver reusable geometry that can be defined once and used repeatedly. In addition, you can adjust each parametric block's insert to display a different length, width, and even visibility state, all from a single-block definition.


An amazingly powerful AI tool that automatically takes objects made of polylines and lines and converts them into blocks. This can be applied to 2D entities as well as to 3D solids.

The Blockify tool can search your entire drawing for similar geometries to batch-convert these repetitive sets of entities to block definitions. Ultimately it can do much work for you in seconds.

Once created, you can edit blocks with the BEDIT command or double-clicking on the block you wish to edit. This displays the block entities in a temporary drawing session so you can create and edit a block definition.

BricsCAD QUAD Cursor - TAVCO

QUAD Cursor Menu

The BricsCAD Quad Cursor menu is a complete command system located directly at the mouse cursor.

It is an alternative to the command line or toolbars, offering a rich set of tools while requiring fewer clicks without cluttering the screen with loads of grip glyphs.

For example, the rollover tips are a limited set of properties displayed when selecting or hovering over an entity.

The QUAD activates when you hover over an entity. You see both the last command used and a list of other tools and commands at your fingertips.

Learn more about the QUAD here. 

Copy Guided &
Move Guided

These AI-guided tools enable you to automatically align moved/copied entities with relevant geometry using temporary guide curves.

For example, if you use MOVEGUIDED to move a door from one wall to another wall, BricsCAD will automatically orientate and snap the door to the new wall. Simultaneously, it will heal the wall’s geometry at the location where the door used to be and create a doorway at the new location.

COPYGUIDED works the same way as MOVEGUIDED, except the selected entity is copied rather than moved. 


BricsCAD Copy Guided Guide Curves - TAVCO
BricsCAD Manipulator Menu - Features

BricsCAD Manipulator

The manipulator is a versatile grip tool to move swiftly, rotate, scale, and mirror selected entities. It allows for very fast and precise intuitive manipulation of an object.

It can be used for manipulations in both 2D and 3D drawings. The Manipulator allows you to mirror objects to create copies and/or multiple versions.

Activate the Manipulator by left-clicking on an object, using a slightly longer click than usual. Just click and hold for a moment.

Once the manipulator appears, it has controls to allow you to move it quickly along established axes, planes, or the radius of an arc. 

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BricsCAD Compared to AutoCAD®

The BricsCAD experience feels a lot like AutoCAD, which enables BricsCAD to be a perfect AutoCAD alternative. The navigation is highly familiar with the same ribbon and tabs layout. 

Because of the similar layout, the learning curve of BricsCAD is relatively short. Most experienced CAD users can be fully up and running with BricsCAD within a day. If you already know AutoCAD, you know how to use BricsCAD. 

Regarding performance, BricsCAD is faster than AutoCAD. This is because of BricsCAD's multi-threading, multi-processor support.

This allows the software to take advantage of today’s multi-core CPUs. This results in files opening faster and functioning smoother than a similar session in AutoCAD.

Read the comprehensive BricsCAD vs. AutoCAD article

Keep and Use
Your Customizations

The CAD experience is unique for everybody. Users often customize various interface elements to best suit their needs.

This includes command ribbons, toolbars, tool pallets, and LISP files. BricsCAD gives you complete control to manage your customizations individually.

AutoCAD users can import their existing CUI files and keep their customizations.

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Navigation & Interface

Experienced CAD users who try BricsCAD find a completely familiar layout and workflow. If you have used AutoCAD® or another CAD platform, you already know BricsCAD.

The ribbon interface is highly familiar. You can leverage what you already know with the command line, script, macro, and menu capability.

  • Command line compatible (most command names are the same)

  • Menu (.CUI, .CUIX) compatible

  • Macro/script compatible

  • Support file (.PC3, .LIN, .PAT, .DWT, .SSM) compatible

Model Space and Paper Space

BricsCAD supports both Model Space and Paper Space working areas like other CAD applications. 

Model space consists of a single view that fills the screen. If needed, additional viewports can be created.

Paper space represents a paper layout of your drawing. In this work area, you can create and arrange different views of your drawing, like how you arrange drawings on a sheet of paper.

Paper space also allows you to add keynotes, annotations, borders, title blocks, and other print-related entities which you do not want to see in model space.

Model Space & Paper Space
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Get the 100% Free BricsCAD Shape

BricsCAD Shape is a free modeler to help you conceptualize your designs in native DWG file format.

The BricsCAD Shape environment is always available for you to use. The other environments, including Drafting, Modeling, Mechanical, and BIM, are available based on your license level.

BricsCAD Shape


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After the 30-day trial, even if you decide not to purchase, you can keep using BricsCAD Shape.


BricsCAD Q&A

This is a short list of common questions about BricsCAD. For a deeper dive, you can check out the BricsCAD Help Center


If you have a specific question that is not listed here, please get in touch with a TAVCO Rep. 

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How to load a CUI file into BricsCAD?

Start with one of these actions:

  1. Click the Load Menu tool button () on the Tools toolbar.

  2. Choose Load Menu in the Tools menu.

  3. Type menu in the command bar, then press Enter.

  4. Open the Customize dialog, then click the Browse button.

  5. Open the Customize dialog, then choose Load main CUI file ... in the File menu.

Then do one of the following: 

Do one of the following:

  • Double click a CUI file.

  • Select a CUI file, then click the Open button.

How to toggle the QUAD Cursor Off and On?

To toggle the Quad On/Off, do one of the following:

  • Click the QUAD field in the Status bar (lower right side of the screen)

  • Press the F12 function key

  • Edit the QUADDISPLAY system variable in the Settings dialog

  • Type QuadDisplay in the command bar, then choose an option

  • Click the Close button (x) at the top right corner of the Quad.

How to access Tool Palettes in BricsCAD?
  • The ToolPalettes command opens the Tool Palettes bar.

  • The ToolPalettesClose command closes the Tool Palettes bar.

  • The TpNavigate command displays a tool palette or a tool palette group.

  • On a tool palette you can add blocks, hatches, and commands in a tabbed window.

  • Drag a tool from the palette to the graphic screen to launch the related tool.

How to import Tool Palettes into BricsCAD
  1. Open the Customize dialog box.

  2. In the Palettes pane on the Customize dialog box, right-click and choose Import in the context menu.

  3. Select a folder on the Import Palette dialog, then select a palette file (*.btc or *.xtp).

  4. Click the Open button or double-click to import the palette.

  5. The palette is added to the Palettes list.

  6. Click the Close button to close the Customize dialog box.