March 18

Top 3 Free AutoCAD Blocks Websites

Top 3 Free AutoCAD Blocks Websites

Matthew Scyoc

Top 3 Free AutoCAD Blocks Websites

Table of Contents

Introduction

Draftsperson

Cad-block.com

Cad-blocks.net

BIMobject

Introduction

Designing 2D and 3D models from scratch is something that can take time. The good news is that you can save time by using CAD blocks. These are a set of vector designs that form a shape. 

There are a large number of sites where you can get free CAD blocks. The vast majority are quite useful for architects and interior designers. 

Draftsperson

Draftsperson is probably the best AutoCAD block page for beginner users. In it, you can find lists of subcategories and pages. The site offers a good number of free blocks and models. These are compatible with versions later than AutoCAD 2000. This page is a good option for students and people who are learning to use AutoCAD. All blocks can be downloaded in layer 0, bylock, or bylayer at 0,0,0. In addition, each block has gone through the PURGE and AUDIT functions.

In Draftperson, you can find diverse categories such as animals and people. All categories offer a preview that lets you know exactly what you are about to download. 

Cad-block.com

For more advanced users, Cad-block is one of the best platforms to find new and high-quality blocks. However, it is crucial to know that there are blocks that other users load on this page. The problem with that is you can find issues in those models, including different units or scales. So, it is recommended that you use AutoCAD 2007 or newer editions. By using an older version of AutoCAD, you may have problems with block compatibility. 

If the above is not a problem, Cad-block has a large number of free blocks and premium blocks (for which you have to pay). The only small drawback is that both are mixed and are not in separate categories. But premium blocks can easily be identified with a blue label. 

However, the good news is that when you select a collection of blocks to download, you can find blocks and drawings. At the same time, you can be part of the community and eventually upload your own blocks and models.

Cad-blocks.net

Although Cad-blocks.net is quite modest in appearance, it contains quite a lot of block resources. All of them are free. Among them are thousands of DWG files that are compatible with AutoCAD and other design programs. A problem that many users have is finding blocks for old versions. Cad-blocks.net has blocks that work for earlier versions as far as AutoCAD 2004.

You do not need to register to download these blocks. The collections on these sites include trees, furniture, cars, people, and much more. And if that wasn’t enough, you can even find subcollections. For example, with trees you can find subcollections such as colored trees, tree elevation, etc. If that’s what you are interested in, you will have 427 blocks of free CAD trees at your disposal.


BIMobject This

This page is slightly different from the previous two because BIMobject specializes in 3D models. Something important to mention here is that you can find formats for different software such as SketchUp, 3DS, Allplan, and Revit. 

In BIM Object, you must create an account in order to download blocks. It is worth it though, due to the 327 thousand parametric blocks and another 27 million products available to which you will have access. 

BIM Object is a well designed and user-friendly site. The only “problem” is that having such a large collection may take some time to navigate through. But there are advanced filters that help you explore the different categories. Some are as unique as building materials, electronics, and signals. In addition, you can filter products through brands, categories of BIM objects, and file types.

The applications in which you can use these blocks integrate the BIMobject Cloud, allowing you to easily explore, filter, and download objects to your project. 

 

References

BIMobject, 2020 [Online] Link: https://www.bimobject.com/en

Cad-block.com, 2020 [Online] Link: https://cad-block.com/

Cad-blocks.net, 2020 [ Online] Link: https://cad-blocks.net/

Draftperson, 2020 [Online] Link: http://www.draftsperson.net/index.phptitle=Main_Page

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About the Author

Matthew is owner of Sunglass.io. He employs a close-knit group of engineers to develop the technical content on the site, but is passionate about everything engineering. Matthew loves the future of 3D modeling and wants to push for more helpful, useful tools for the engineering community. Feel free to reach out to him directly on the Contact page or on LinkedIn!

Matthew Scyoc

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