3D CAD Software Market Report

3D CAD Software Market Analysis By Deployment (Cloud; On-Premise), By Application (Architecture, Engineering, Construction (AEC); Manufacturing; Automotive; Healthcare), By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2018 - 2025

  • Published Date: Aug, 2017
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2016
  • Report ID: GVR-1-68038-563-2
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2017 - 2025
  • Number of Pages: 82

Industry Insights

The global 3D CAD software market size was valued at USD 8.07 billion in 2016. Increasing investments in 3D printing and the growing penetration in the manufacturing and automotive sectors are significantly contributing to market growth.

U.S. 3D CAD software market

The industry is gaining momentum due to the increasing adoption of cloud-based solutions as compared to on-premise solutions. The deployment of cloud-based solutions is enabling end-users to reduce their overall implementation and ownership cost. The rising need for tooling and rapid prototyping in the aerospace & defense, automotive, and industrial sectors is expected to contribute to market growth.

Furthermore, end-use industries are focusing on outsourcing 3D CAD software for developing designs and illustrations in a bid to improve their design productivity. Competition in the market is increasing as solution providers are engaging in consolidating with complementary products & technology providers to venture into new business verticals. End-use industries are demanding new and better design and drafting products, which has led manufacturers to invest in R&D activities.

To enhance their product, key players are offering additional features in the 3D CAD software market. For instance, in April 2017, ZWSOFT Software Co., Ltd. announced the availability of ZWCAD 2017 SP3 to enhance user experience and boost efficiency and stability. Recently, Onshape Inc. introduced a complete cloud-based CAD architecture, which also integrates the capabilities of 3D printing.

Organizations are investing profoundly to incorporate 3D CAD packages in their product portfolio. For instance, in September 2016, Dassault Systemes announced the launch of SolidWorks to deliver new and enhanced capabilities that would help in innovating, designing, and building collaborations. It would also provide engineers a 3D tool which would enable technical communication, improve design, and save production time and cost.

Deployment Insights

The on-premise segment dominated the market in 2016 as this software can be directly installed on the user’s workstation. Companies are offering their customers with on-premise products and solutions such as electronic software downloads for product updates along with initial product fulfillments.

3D CAD’s on-premise products provide safety software solutions designed to meet the needs of police departments, fire departments, and other public safety solutions. Moreover, these solutions help in bringing 3D CAD to mobiles by configuring products and solutions according to customer’s preferences.

The cloud-based 3D CAD software offers the same benefits and capabilities as its on-premise counterpart. However, cloud-based CAD offers cloud services through an app and is updated on a remote server, which can be accessed by paying a monthly or annual fee.

Application Insights

The manufacturing segment dominated the industry in 2016 by capturing a revenue share of over 20%. The evolution of solutions such as 4-, 5-, and C-axis machines is expected to augment the demand for 3D CAD software in the manufacturing sector. Furthermore, the software assists manufacturers to develop prototypes and simulate the movement of components or parts in the production process. It also allows them to get a magnified version of the model by getting a 3D view of the product. The increasing investment in various 3D printing technologies is helping the production of different production parts with a wide variety of materials depending upon the requirements of the end user. The software helps manufacturers to quickly design tooling, jigs, fixtures, and custom gauges and components of work holding.

Global 3D CAD software market

3D CAD software has significantly transformed the automotive sector through the empowerment of rapid prototyping in the pre-manufacturing stage to reduce the time to market. Key automotive companies such as Honda Motor Co., Ltd., Toyota Motor Corporation, Audi AG, Maruti Suzuki India Limited, and BMW AG have adopted these packages for manufacturing different parts of their vehicles.

The healthcare sector is expected to contribute to market growth significantly as 3D CAD is creating a surge in helping tissue and organ fabrication by creating customized prosthetics, implants, and anatomical models. It helps in the customization and personalization of medical products, drugs, and equipment. In cancer treatment, these packages have assisted in developing facial prostheses for patients who have undergone surgery for eye cancer by using facial scanning software and 3D printing.

Regional Insights

North America dominated the 3D CAD software market with a revenue share of over 30% due to its widespread adoption in several applications besides manufacturing. Moreover, the need for augmenting the designing and manufacturing process to reduce the designing time is expected to keep the market buoyant over the next few years. The regional automotive and aerospace sectors have been utilizing these packages for producing low-volume components with intricate designs.

The European region has contributed to the market growth significantly owing to the introduction of stringent regulations for examining several machinery & processes and providing certifications, thus making it mandatory for industries to adopt designing software in their development process. The region is realizing various benefits such as faster delivery speed of completed projects, greater effectiveness and efficiency of supply chain constructions, improved visualization of construction projects, greater operational efficiency, and reduced asset costs.

Following the implementation of the mandatory use of Building Information Management (BIM) in the UK, countries within the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region have also introduced the BIM mandate for architecture and MEP (Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing) projects. Moreover, the booming construction and oil & gas sectors are expected to generate new growth opportunities. Dubai and Saudi Arabia are at the forefront of the drive towards the adoption of these solutions in the MEA region.

Competitive Insights

Key market players include Autodesk Inc., Dassault Systemes, PTC Inc., Siemens PLM Software Inc., and Oracle Corporation. Key players are engaging in mergers, acquisitions, and partnerships to cope up with the increasing competition. Furthermore, solution providers are focusing on developing innovative products and solutions to cater to a specific industry vertical. For example, in May 2017, PTC, Inc. launched ThingWorx to provide end users with real-time operational intelligence in making proactive decisions. In September 2016, Dassault Systemes announced the launch of SolidWorks 2016 for delivering and enhancing capabilities for innovation, designing, building, and collaborating.

Report Scope



Base year for estimation


Forecast period

2017 - 2025

Market representation

Market revenue in USD Million & CAGR from 2017 to 2025

Regional scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and MEA

Country scope

U.S., Canada, UK, Germany, China, India, Japan, Brazil, and Mexico

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Revenue forecast, company share, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth at the global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2016 to 2025. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global 3D CAD software market based on deployment, application, and region.

  • Deployment Outlook (Revenue, USD Million; 2014 - 2025)

    • Cloud

    • On-premise

  • Application Outlook (Revenue, USD Million; 2014 - 2025)

    • AEC

    • Manufacturing

    • Automotive

    • Healthcare

    • Media & Entertainment

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million; 2014 - 2025)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • UK

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

      • Japan

    • Latin America

      • Brazil

      • Mexico

    • MEA

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