CAD blocks are objects that commonly occur in drawings or 3D models. It’s a smart idea to use CAD blocks for objects like appliances, doors and windows, electrical fixtures, furniture and other equipment specific to the purpose of the planned building. Because you don’t have to spend the time to draw each piece chair in a restaurant. They also help maintain consistency within a project. Finally, they reduce the size of project files because every CAD block is not duplicated but instanced to every location on the plan.
In short, they are huge time and money savers. There are both 2D and 3D CAD blocks. But in this article, we focus on the 2D kind.
The free CAD blocks repositories in our article are sorted according to the number of files available for download. However, we are aware that this can only be a rough assessment of the actual number of CAD drawings since some sites offer whole collections of free CAD blocks in one file.
The focus of BIM Object is a little different from the other repositories on this list. As the name already indicates, you will mainly find BIM objects on this site – some 300,000. The files are compatible with major BIM software solutions like Autodesk Revit and Allplan.
It’s very easy to drill down on the kind of free CAD blocks you want on this site. You can use a faceted search bar on the left side that offers facets for brands, BIM object categories, file types, regions, types, and materials. For those who want to search according to standard classifications, there the files have been tagged in MasterFormat, OmniClass, and Uniformat.
This makes BIM Object both user-friendly and suitable for professionals.
To make a great free CAD blocks repository even better, BIM Object has published a range of free apps for CAD software tools. These apps allow browsing the catalog of files without switching over to the browser. At the moment, the BIM Object app is available for Vectorworks, ArchiCAD, SketchUp, Revit, and AutoCAD.
Boasting some 116,000 files, BiblioCAD is a CAD blocks site that is geared towards professionals in architecture, design, and construction. 41,000 of which are free CAD blocks – a substantial library. The files can be put to use in a host of programs that include AutoCAD, 3ds Max, Revit, and SketchUp to name only a few. Finding the free CAD block you want is child’s play. Using a faceted search bar (free/premium, categories, and file extensions) on the left, you can quickly drill down to the relevant files. The files range between individual components like faucets to entire building projects that will be interesting to students.
Let’s get down to business. You can choose between to plans. The free plan limits you to 20 downloads per day. The premium plan enables up to 200 downloads per day and will unlock premium files. As a bonus, BiblioCAD offers a range of tutorial videos for major CAD software tools, making this site also interesting for engineering and architecture students.
If variety is what you need, then CAD Details.com is the right site for your. Apart from 52,000 2D free CAD blocks, this repository also has a large selection of 3D BIM models (some 10,000).
This CAD block repository has two distinct ways to navigate the goods in accordance with standard formats. In the OmniClass mode, you can select the general category on the left side, then you can choose between the relevant manufacturers. To make choosing easier you can display a preview of the file by hovering the mouse over the filename. Alternatively, CAD Details.com also supports MasterFormat, helping you in keeping all of your documentation consistent with standard practises. In this mode, you can first select the list of MasterFormat entries, refining the results with every selection in the element-hierarchy and then choose between the relevant manufacturers.
Another noteworthy repository for free CAD blocks is CAD APlus. This website boasts some 34,000 CAD symbols and details. The curators of the website cater to the architects’ every need. You will find everything from mundane appliances to items that are more extraordinary like helicopters.
In terms of usability, this website is a dream. The free CAD blocks are easy to find using the faceted search bar on the left. Here, you can filter according to different categories and manufacturers. Alternatively, you can punch in words in the search bar at the top. Using CAD blocks supplied by manufacturers will give your work a more realistic feel than the generic drawings found in the other categories. There is no need to register with this site, so there is really no reason to keep you from checking out this repository.
ArchWeb is an Italian architecture online community where professional architects can discuss topics like social housing and LEED protocols. But there is nothing to fear, the relevant parts are translated into English. Apart from the community aspect, ArchWeb also offers a large repository of free CAD blocks. In sum, you can take your pick from about 28,000 files, or 6.2 GB. All of the 2D files are stored in the DWG format, so they should be compatible with about every CAD software. In addition to CAD blocks, the website offers details and even drawings of entire buildings. Many of the files are available in 3D formats.
The navigation of this free CAD blocks site is relatively simple. You choose from a list of general keywords and refine your choice in the successive steps, before a handy preview is displayed. A UI like this may not be pretty, but it gets the job done. The upside of ArchWeb is that you can download the free CAD blocks without a lengthy registration process. So this is the kind of website you can turn to when you need to dress your work quickly without fuss.
CAD Blocks.co.uk strictly offers free CAD blocks. So, you don’t have to deal with trying to find suitable free CAD blocks between the paid goods. Ingeniously, the curators of this repository have saved all the files in the AutoCAD 2000 format to ensure that they be compatible with as many CAD software tools as possible. In addition, they have freed them from unnecessary layers, or text styles and made sure they are to scale.
The navigation is admittedly a bit sketchy. You choose the desired category from a carousel at the top of the page. Then, you can select from a gallery of previews. CAD Blocks.co.uk proudly does not require any kind of registration. Instead, you search for the file you need and you download it. Couldn’t be simpler. If you want to make your life even easier, CAD Blocks.co.uk sells the entire archive of about 3,000 CAD blocks for £19.99.
CADBlocksFree is a market place for CAD models with a large repository for free CAD blocks. The website is neatly organized allowing you to find the free goods quickly. Apart from 2D CAD models, CADBlocksFree also features 3D CAD files and CAD models that are supplied by many manufacturers themselves. This effectively means you can use CAD blocks that accurately represent designer furniture in your drawings.
The majority of the 1,900 files is stored in the DWG format. It is safe to say that there won’t be compatibility issues with free CAD blocks from this site. Navigating the large range of files couldn’t be more comfortable. On the left side of the workspace, you can filter CAD files using the faceted search of categories, file formats, and prices. If you want to sell your own CAD blocks, CADBlocksFree is a great marketplace to create a new revenue stream. Conversely, if you feel the free CAD blocks are not sufficient for your work, CADBlocksFree offers different subscriptions for paid premium CAD blocks.
DWG Models offers paid as well as free CAD blocks for architects and city planners. In sum, you can take your pick from some 1,000 DWG files. The repository includes not only symbols, people, and furniture, you will also find entire urban development projects. So, apart from the day to day use of this site, there is also an educational benefit. Although you don’t have to register, doing has its perks. For one, you can view DWG files on this site.
To find CAD blocks, you can navigate the categories displayed on the left side of the page. In the case of more general categories like “interiors”, there are even sub-categories. Alternatively, you can sift through the goods in the gallery view. You can neatly distinguish free CAD blocks from the paid goods by their green labels.
Another valuable resource for free CAD blocks is called “Boss 888”. It’s true that Boss 888 is not the most elegant site on this list. But there are some reals jewels to be found here. All the free CAD blocks on Boss 888 are saved in the AutoCAD 2000 format – so, compatibility shouldn’t be an issue. The website is neatly organized into categories like interiors, doors etc. to allow you finding the free files quickly. All in all, you can download some 400 DWG files for free. However, Boss 888 points out that each file is a collection of CAD drawings belonging to the same category. This means that the overall number of free CAD blocks is substantially higher.
The website offers a number of ways to navigate. You can sort by price and popularity. Among the paid CAD drawings you can find projects by such great architects as Le Corbusier or Zaha Hadid.
Yet another great site for free CAD blocks is the aptly named website CAD Block.com. On the one hand this a marketplace for CAD blocks that users upload high-quality paid CAD blocks to receive a small compensation whenever their works are downloaded. On the other hand, most of the files are available for free download. According to the website, all the files are optimized to support the AutoCAD 2007 format.
In terms of usability, this repository is pretty straightforward. On the right of the workspace, you select from a list of categories. Next, you are face to face with a gallery of previews. Once you have found a file you like, it is as easy as clicking “Download”. Many of the drawings are available in different projections: top, side, and back view. Fortunately, this website does not require you to register.
CAD Blocks.net is a carefully curated repository of free CAD blocks. It’s true that this site is not as easy to navigate as other comparable sites, but what it lacks in good looks the curators make up in diligence. They have saved every file in the AutoCAD 2004 format to ensure the highest possible compatibility. Another plus of CAD Blocks.net is that you don’t have to bother registering.
The free CAD blocks are sorted into common categories like vegetation, illumination, or furniture. Once you click on one of them you can refine the selection with sub-categories. Alternatively, you can use the search bar at the top of the page. You don’t have to download files blindly to choose the right CAD block – the website displays handy previews.
It’s true that CAD Corner is not particularly pretty to look at. Here, you won’t be treated to a faceted search bar and amenities that other repositories offer. Nonetheless, the free CAD blocks on this site are definetely worth your attention. This site offers professional CAD blocks that are relevant to architects and engineers alike. All the files are stored in the AutoCAD 2006 format – so, compatibility shouldn’t be an issue.
The free CAD blocks are accessible in a list that is divided into categories like doors and fasteners, but you will also find list items dedicated to flow charts and HVAC. Every list item features a preview of some of the files. Unfortunately, there’s not a preview for every free CAD block. However, every file comes with a concise description of the contents along with a statement concerning the dimensions and view. Unlike some other sites we have listed, this one does not require you to register.
Draftsperson is the sort of CAD blocks repository that relies on the quality of its goods rather than a glitzy webpage. Hence, the curators have painstakingly reviewed each and every file for the educational stamp. Most CAD blocks are on layer 0, byblock or bylayer and insert at 0,0,0. Moreover, PURGE and AUDIT has been run on each block. To make life easier, all the free CAD blocks have saved in the AutoCAD 2000 format. So, you shouldn’t encounter compatibility issues with this site.
To find relevant free CAD blocks, navigate the list that is divided into common-sense categories like fixtures and people. By clicking on the sub-categories you encounter previews of all the files. The files can be downloaded without registering. If you have created CAD blocks yourself that you want to share with others, the curators will be happy to publish them on the site.
First In Architecture casts its net wider than most other repositories on this list. Apart from offering free CAD blocks, this site also features tutorials on different CAD software tools. As such, First In Architecture is not only a valuable resource for professional architects, designers, and engineers but also a great gateway for anyone getting started in the field!
The free CAD blocks are divided into categories like furniture and landscaping. Before downloading the files, you get a preview of what is inside them. You can choose between two kinds of files: one is in the metric system and the other in the imperial system. Fortunately, this website does not require you to register.
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