What are the best woodworking software programs?

  1. SketchUp

There are few free drawing applications as popular as this software and these are due to its history. SketchUp’s purchase by Google played an important role in increasing its popularity and number of users as its parent company put its huge advertising power to sell the app. Today, SketchUp is owned by another company but its popularity remains due to its features. The program includes drawing layout functionality, allows surface rendering in variable “styles”, supports third-party “plug-in” programs.

The drawing software was built for both 2D drawings and 3D modeling. Woodworkers can make use of the hand or a stylus pen to draw woodworking designs on its responsive workspace and interface. These 2D drawings can then be turned into 3D models which provide a more accurate view of designs. SketchUp also comes with a wide array of tools that simplify drawing from scratch or editing already existing ideas.

2. Fusion 360

With Fusion 360 on the list, I’m sure those who already use computer-aided design (CAD) tools can already tell that your favorite CAD application can be used for woodworking design. Autodesk Fusion 360 was built as an excellent mobile tool for editing CAD files and working on-the-go but today this has changed. Fusion 360 has in-built features that ensure woodworkers can create high-level woodworking designs with it.

Fusion 360 was one of the initial software applications to provide product creation and CNC GCode on one platform. The success of this initiative made many commercial or professional woodworkers use it to design products for CNC woodworking.

3. SketchList 3D

Unlike the other options above this application, SketchList 3D was designed solely for woodworkers. It is not a suite of packages with woodwork design features but a suite of tools solely built for woodworking designs. To this end, the features are easier to use, and in many cases, woodworkers design by dragging and dropping components to make a functional design.The programme is quite useful for potential students who want to learn more about carpentry and woodworking.

SketchList comes equipped with design features such as one-click curtains, one-click joints, drill hole emulation, different wood types, and custom design materials for woodworking. The extended repository of components it offers also simplifies the task of creating woodwork designs.