I know, I know. You get so giddy thinking about shopping, you just totally lose it. Then someone mentions shopping for CAD products, and you go completely nuts and lose control of your stomach juices.

You may start to feel the gurgle yet again though. In the past you had but one option, Novedge. Their selection has become massive. However, there is now a little competition on the scene. Today, the TenLinks network, launched CAD Depot. It’s a lot of 2D but there are tidbits for SolidWorks, Rhino and other programs. Let’s shop…

Like Novedge, CAD Depot carries products which are generally not sold through resellers, however you do have some options like Alibre Design Expert which Novedge lists for $945 and CAD Depot lists for… well, they don’t list it. They do the super secret deal thing and tell you to Call for Price. But, if we do look for something they both sell… oh, let’s say, a “3D Import for SolidWorks” translator from SYCODE, which you can buy (without subscription) from SYCODE for $195.

Novedge is selling it for $185. CAD Depot is selling it for $156. Looks like Novedge needs to take down their “Best Price Guarantee” badge. Really though, you’ll probably find it goes both ways and I’m sure CAD Depot is gonna try extra hard to compete with Novedge at this point.


Josh is founder and editor at SolidSmack.com, founder at Aimsift Inc., and co-founder of EvD Media. He is involved in engineering, design, visualization, the technology making it happen, and the content developed around it. He is a SolidWorks Certified Professional and excels at falling awkwardly.