Optimizing the Use of 2D and 3D Design Tools with DraftSight Enterprise


Young Industries, a leading manufacturer of custom-designed equipment for handling dry bulk materials, has been using SOLIDWORKS 3D applications for two decades. The company also used 2D CAD for critical workflows, including modifying existing drawings, creating new layouts and sketches, and developing diagrams. They knew it was time for a change when their MountainTop 2D design software experienced hardware and software failures.

After a thorough evaluation of 2D design software, DraftSight rose to the top of the young industries list. The most critical consideration was the compatibility of DraftSight with the company’s SOLIDWORKS design environment. The second consideration was cost, and DraftSight provides the 2D design tools Young Industries needs at a fraction of the cost of comparable CAD applications.

“DraftSight Enterprise is doing exactly what we need,” said Ryan Vandine, mechanical designer for Young Industries. “If I’m working with a customer who can’t use SOLIDWORKS, we use DraftSight to open the file, make changes, and communicate with each other. It is connected to the network license server and to the SOLIDWORKS PDM (Product Data Management) system. It’s just easy.

DraftSight Enterprise and DraftSight Enterprise Plus are designed to help businesses work efficiently, with flexible licensing for stand-alone or networked use and deployment, and technical support.

DraftSight Enterprise is an advanced 2D drafting solution for organizations with multiple users and sites, offering licensing and network deployment to efficiently enable concurrent use and compliance across the organization. Advanced features include Image Tracer to quickly convert raster images to DWG files; the Mechanical Toolbox for inserting schedules, hardware and surface finish symbols; batch printing; and automatic sizing. Users can also take advantage of existing customizations with DraftSight APIs, including LISP, and can easily translate and manage legacy drawings (even those from AutoCAD 2008) and more complex objects such as dynamic blocks.

DraftSight Enterprise Plus offers all the productivity features, APIs, and network licensing in DraftSight Enterprise, with the addition of 3D DWG file-based design and 2D constraint capabilities to effortlessly transition from 2D drawing to 3D modeling in the same environment and allow downstream use such as 3D printing (export to .stl or .sat), laser cutting or manufacturing.

Young Industries uses DraftSight Enterprise to optimize workflows and the use of 2D and 3D design tools. “DraftSight is an indispensable tool in our tool belt. 3D modeling is our first preference for designing custom equipment, but we couldn’t work if we only had 3D, ”said J. Tyler Thompson, vice president of operations for Young Industries. “There is a time and a place where 2D really makes sense. We use DraftSight as a benchmark for P&ID processes. There are times you need a hammer and other times you need a screwdriver. We can very quickly and easily translate what is possible between these two apps if we have to switch between them.

Key Business Features – Support

Network license deployment makes it easier to get started with DraftSight Enterprise. The Deployment Assistant frees CAD managers from installation and upgrade issues, and technical support resources keep DraftSight productive and running smoothly.

Key Business Features – License Flexibility

With DraftSight Enterprise, organizations benefit from the concurrent use and freedom of network licenses. This contrasts with Autodesk’s August 2020 announcement that network licenses will be phased out with the transition to individual licenses in 2021.

DraftSight uses the same network license manager as SOLIDWORKS, making it even easier to add DraftSight licenses to existing network license pools. It keeps track of where license activations are used and stores them when not in use. DraftSight Enterprise can be installed on as many workstations as needed with local network access. Network License Manager tools make it easy to control who has access to what and for how long.

DraftSight Enterprise also offers the ability to choose subscription or perpetual license options (one-time purchase). Autodesk discontinued its perpetual license option in 2016.

Key Features – Seamless Design Experience

DraftSight Enterprise integrates seamlessly with other Dassault Systèmes and SOLIDWORKS solutions and services, including SOLIDWORKS PDM and the 3dEXPERIENCE platform supporting easy collaboration and management of DWG file designs from first inspiration to bottom line.

If you have a SOLIDWORKS PDM system, you can now include your DraftSight users in your workflows. The perpetual license model is attractive to many, ensuring that you never lose access since you own it rather than rent it.

DraftSight Enterprise also offers a seamless 2D and 3D design experience with 3dEXPERIENCE Marketplace Make, connecting you with global manufacturers who can manufacture your parts using any process: 3D printing, CNC machining, laser cutting and more.

Consider the opportunity – DraftSight Enterprise is an advanced 2D drafting solution and DraftSight Enterprise Plus is an all-in-one 2D drafting and 3D design solution at an attractive price.

“The big word for us is value,” Thompson noted. “There’s a reason we chose DraftSight Enterprise with the network license and everything in between. “

Your CAD software is your choice. Learn more about DraftSight Enterprise and request a quote today.