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nanoCAD Free is an older version of nanoCAD software that comes for free. It has native DWG format and a set of design tools to create basic 2D engineering drawings.

This version has limited functionality

Check nanoCAD v.23 for unlimited features

What you get

nanoCAD, ver.5

nanoCAD 5 is the first step to automate your design process. It is free with limited functionality, but enough to support businesses and individuals in their commercial, professional and non-commercial projects. To extend the functionality you can always upgrade to nanoCAD Platform and enjoy the full tool set to lead your industry.

Standard command set

nanoCAD Free has all the basic functions to create, edit, and print 2D drawings through a toolbar interface. It reads and saves files in the industry-standard DWG 2013 format, and includes an open API to extend the program capabilities.

  • Classic user interface
  • Create and edit 2D drawings
  • Display 3D views of 3D models (No 3D model creation)
  • Precise drawing through object snaps, object tracking, and polar snaps
  • Editing with multifunctional grips
  • Placement and editing of associative dimensions
  • Managing layers, blocks, and linetypes
  • Assigning linetypes
  • Reorientation of drawings with user-defined coordinate systems
  • Placement of raster images in drawings

What you don’t get

Limited functionality

Since nanoCAD Free is an early version of nanoCAD (v5), you can’t enjoy all the benefits of the updated software, currently available at nanoCAD 23 (e.g. it doesn’t support the most recent versions of the DWG format).

  • DWG 2018 read/write
  • Dynamic input at the cursor
  • Advanced layer controls
  • Associative hatching
  • 3D solids modeling
  • Previews of undo and redo actions
  • Parametric 2D design
  • Library objects with parametric properties
  • Drawing explorer
  • Tool palettes
  • Batch plotting
  • IFC import
  • PDF underlays
  • Raster editing
  • Point cloud import/export of LAS, BIN, PTX, PTS, PCD, and XYZ files
  • Customizable user interface
  • Annual updates with subscription
  • Technical support
See the comparison table of nanoCAD 5 Free and nanoCAD 23 and make your choice.
Free and old is good for basics.
How nanoCAD 23 meets the professional requirements
Maximum efficiency
Use more than 1,500 new commands released by Nanosoft over the last 8 years to carry out your best projects.
Quick start with nanoCAD 23
Navigate around the user-friendly ribbon interface with ease using Locator, dynamic input, command pop-ups and instant tips.
Work with large objects
Work with raster images, PDF underlays, point clouds, IFC data, data-reach 3D models and super large files due to improved performance.
Safe and organized data
Use autosave and backup functions to save your data; rely on external references to keep your drawings organized.
More than just a drawing tool
Customize the software up to your specific industry needs with add-on modules: Mechanica, 3D Solid Modeling, Construction, Raster and Topoplan.
Work in a collaborative environment
Open, edit, save and exchange files with other CAD software thanks to the newest *.dwg, *.dxf, *.dwt formats support.
An expert helpline and tech support
Rely on the Nanosoft support team to get a quick response to your questions, expert advice and helpful information to move on with your project.
Stay on top with annual updates
Enjoy regular updates of the software and new features every year, because we are unstoppable.
Start today with a free 30-day trial and empower yourself with the latest version of software for just $249/year to bring your projects to the next level.
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