Best Woodworking Software you should know about in 2021

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Thanks to the internet, the woodworking industry has become flooded with large-scale manufacturers to DIY enthusiasts, who are pursuing all sorts of tutorials and project plans. The innovation and the infrastructure available in the market have caused a surge in demand for woodworking software.

Software companies are constantly releasing new applications to stay on top of the ladder. With so many CAD/CAM woodworking software flooding the market, getting quality software can be a daunting task.

Why Buy a Woodworking Software ?

Imagine manufacturing a piece of furniture with all the efforts on the shop floor and ending up with a lousy product design with many mistakes? Before going to the shop floor with a sketch and a spreadsheet, wouldn’t it be wise enough to design the product on a professional software and get the manufacturing instructions straight in black and white?

A perfect woodworking software would help you go through the below given process:

Below listed are industry's best woodworking software.

Note: Woodworking Software below are in alphabetical order​

3D CAD Pytha woodworking software

Pytha is a German-made CAD-CAM system. It is a powerful 3d modeling software for woodworking, shop-fitting, joinery, exhibitions, kitchen, wardrobes and any other custom-made project. 3D CAD Pytha helps from planning to presentation and production. It has the unprecedented flexibility to deliver outstanding results for both millwork and casework.

3D CAD Pytha helps woodworkers to start from concept up to the finalization of the project. It is an ideal system for a company equipped with either conventional or modern machines.

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cabinetvision software for cabinet making

Cabinet Vision is the industry’s leading cabinet design software tool for the cabinet and joinery industry. It uses solid modeling tech to generate images of 3-dimensional presentations of the final product on screen.

Many have praised Cabinet Vision for making simple tasks extremely easy and complex tasks possible. You can bet it’s the software to eliminate costly mistakes in the factory. It helps you boost productivity, increase turnover, and save a ton of time in design and set-out.

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cad+t

CAD+T is an AutoCAD-based system. It is highly flexible, fast, and powerful software for interior design and visualization. The software utilizes 1 Data Model that allows for highly efficient product processing. It consists of over 60 applications based on AutoCAD and Autodesk Inventor. The software also offers cutting list optimization, project management, and a direct link to CNC technologies.

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Fusion360 logo

Fusion360 is one of the most recommended furniture design software in the woodworking industry. It’s an advanced tool that provides all the requirements for woodworking professionals and newbies alike. 

Not only can you design furniture on Fusion360, but also you can design objects made out of a category of materials other than wood. The top features of Fusion360 include 3D visualization as well as 2D documentation.

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Imos 3d logo

Imos is a 3D modeling software that’s perfect for furniture and interior furnishing manufactures. It provides multiple ways of designing and modifying furniture at every step of the manufacturing process. It has a good link with modern machines; this allows for an economical manufacturing process and makes it one of the best woodworking software.

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microvellum software logo

Microvellum is a woodworking design software company headquartered in Central Point, Oregon (USA). It is building technology for woodworkers since 1995. It is an AutoCAD-based CAD system; this helps reduce the time spent on learning. It’s a manufacturing software solution that enables cabinet and millwork companies to produce accurately and efficiently.

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PalleteCad design software

PaletteCAD is a 3D rendering software used mainly by interior designers and architects. It is majorly used to design plans, layout diagrams, and objects. It’s an excellent tool for animation & visualization for sales teams. 

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sketchup software logo

One of the most popular 3D design software in the market. It’s highly intuitive and easy to use, even for beginners.

SketchUp is simple yet jam-packed with many features ideal for engineering, architecture, and interior design. Unfortunately, it isn’t a dedicated furniture design software. However, it’s pretty efficient for it.

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SWood woodworking software for furniture manufacturing

SWood is a France-based woodworking software solution. It has helped woodworkers produce products such as stairs, windows, doors, furniture etc.

SWood design is an addon inside SolidWorks. It is dedicated to woodworking and panel-based furniture. SWood can be of good use for someone in both woodworking and metal industry. Because it works on SolidWorks, most of the metal-related designing and machining is already covered

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topsolid wood company logo

A woodworking software dedicatedly designed for woodworkers by TopSolid. It is a France-based company. It has a stronghold in the metal industry.

TopSolid has 35 years of experience in CAD|CAM, predominantly in the mechanical sector. It provides end-to-end solutions for woodworkers.

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What woodworking software should you buy?

Well, there you have it. The article lists out the best woodworking software in 2021. Before shortlisting the above 10 CAD CAM software for woodworking, our team have reviewed many of the software. We have taken feedback from people using this software. We hope the above woodworking design software has the solutions and features you require for your business to grow and thrive. It is recommended that you look for software having a strong local presence. Make sure the software is scalable, so that you can grow in time and stick to the same software for at least 10 years-15 years. Switching software can be very tedious and disturbing, especially if you are at a developing stage.

If you are finding making a decision challenging, focus on these below point
Ease of use and learning curve

Ask yourself what products you manufacture today and where you see yourself in 5 years. Is the software you shortlisted able to give you easy-to-use and easy-to-learn design support? Ease of use and learning curve is very important aspect, because you might very likely need to train a new operator after a time, and this might  get you in trouble if the software is difficult to learn and use. Better ask for a live demo and see your products designed in real-time . 

Compatibility
Once you list down the products you manufacture and shortlisted suitable software, you then have to look at the infrastructure (Machinery, ERP, CRM, etc.) you own, and are in a plan within the next five years. Is the shortlisted software able to communicate with your infrastructure? Ask for an onsite demo. 
Support & Hotline
Look at the support team in your country. Are there enough people to give you hotline support and training? Take a review from an existing customer.
Library Catalog bundled with the Software
A ready product library of known hardware brands, fittings, and material finishes would give you a good headstart. Hence it’s better to ask upfront if the library catalog is available. Trust me, making the library elements would be a time-consuming and frustrating job. 
Budget
Budget is essential to look for, but we kept it at the least priority as most of the products with good efficiency are expensive. Hence, it is better to spend on a product which is productive and has a low recurring cost with no hidden charges. Beware, most of these systems might charge you a bomb for after-sales support and service. Don’t be under the impression that the product is going to be a one-time investment. To sum it up its better to get post-sale service costs and terms on paper in black and white. 
Let us know in the comments below about your experience and feedback using a woodworking software.
August 6, 2021