2022 Worldwide CAD Report


The Worldwide CAD Report

JPR’s CAD market report has been published since 2005. As a result, it comes with a strong historical perspective as well as current data on the rapidly changing CAD industry. The 2022 report provides information on market segments, individual company market shares, new workflows, and new players.



The 2022 Worldwide CAD reports provides a big picture view of a critical industry, which influences the development of computer hardware, design practices, manufacturing methods, and construction.


  • Charts market trends, industry influences, and provides segmentation information
  • Provides in depth profiles of the leading CAD vendors, their market shares, and product development
  • Provides estimates of user bases for the industry, major markets, geographical regions and major vendors
  • JPR has collected data from over 36 CAD companies offering more than 53 products
  • Detailed information on 10 market leaders including Autodesk, Aveva, Bentley Systems, Dassault, Graebert, Hexagon, Nemetschek, PTC, Siemens Digital Industries, and Trimble.
Worldwide CAD Report Executive Summary

The CAD market is a somewhat inaccurate name for the diverse market that has grown up around design and engineering software. It has come to include analysis, PLM, BIM, complex surfaces, generative design and EDA. Computer Aided Design plays a central role in the development of products, buildings, boats, planes, and cars and is working its way into new workflows including set design, and modeling for games and simulations. It involves tasks that push the capabilities of hardware as well as the creativity and imaginations of the practitioners. However, CAD has become just a piece of the larger puzzle of systems design.

The market is transforming rapidly thanks to the engine of digitalization, which affects every aspect of design and engineering in every discipline. Through the 80s and 90s CAD was transformed by networking, which enabled real-time project management and planted the seeds for digital twins.

Tracking the CAD market is useful because it is so central to all industry—before anything gets made, it gets designed. As a result, it is a signal market, a leading indicator. The health of the CAD business in any segment is a strong indicator of the overall health of that segment. In addition, CAD customers represent a major market for computers and components such as graphics boards, workstation, and monitors.

In this 2022 version of the study, we have had bit of space to look back over the tumultuous years 2020 and 2021. Early in 2020 when the pandemic showed itself in China and soon caused lockdowns in Europe and the US, there was widespread recession affecting world markets. Just past the midpoint in 2021, the pandemic was receding in some wealthier countries and surging in others. In fact, that sentence has been written and rewritten several times as hot spots flare and recede like city scenes seen from satellites. It seems evident that virulent viruses are going to influence world economies for years to come.

Recessions slow the industries related to CAD, but they also tend to jumpstart modernization efforts. 2020 was remarkable for the advances made in remote working, cloud collaboration, and cloud-based workflows that has carried on through 2021, and we see it continuing in 2022 and beyond.

Not all technical advances can be attributed to the effects of pandemic and lockdown. CAD and related industries have been in the process of reinvention through digitalization and on-line collaboration for a decade at least and the process continues to play out. The process of digitalization has been rapidly accelerated by the requirements of lockdown.

We count 36 companies selling about 53 CAD design products but there are other smaller, specialized examples we haven’t counted. And there are associated productivity tools we haven’t included in our assessment of the market. There are specialized CAD programs for specific industries, there are regional CAD products, and there are many small companies selling drafting tools. In addition, every major company selling design software is like a star with its own planetary system of add-ons, adjacent products, customizations, etc.

New players and broader applications are enabling strong growth in the CAD industry. The large CAD customers in the automotive, aeronautic, construction, machine design, and process & power industries are gravitating towards systems design sometimes driving customers to integrated products from the same vendors. But the large customers are also forcing their CAD suppliers to ensure that the software from different companies works together.

In CAD, and in general, big companies tend to stay big. The resources have given them the ability to follow the path of digitalization wherever it goes. So, for instance, Siemens, Dassault, and PTC are pursuing the very big vision of working Digital twins in automotive, aeronautics, and factory automation to not only inform design decisions, but live concurrently with their real-life twins for maintenance, predictive analysis, renovation, and ongoing improvement. Likewise, Autodesk and Bentley Systems are exploring digital twins through BIM (building information models).

And, of course, the automotive, architecture, infrastructure, construction, planning, facilities management, energy, safety, and transportation industries are involved in building the digital cities of the future. These big visions are fueling the growth in the CAD industry today. Smaller, but no less glamorous users can be found in the simulation, movie, and games markets, which highlight the diversity and range of CAD.

For many years, CAD vendors as well as industry watchers have assumed a migration of users from 2D to 3D. Instead, what we have seen is a shift in the workflows as users move to 3D methods for much of their work but continue to rely on 2D tools for documentation. In many industries the 2D drawing remains the lingua franca of the project.

We don’t see this changing any time soon and, no matter how one might envision the concept of the digital twin, BIM, and model-based design, when you think about the ways the drawings are used you can see how there are indispensable for fast reality checks. They supply the zoomed in view when one wants to check what type of fittings were specified, where the wiring goes, what is the threading on a specific component. The drawing set of a project are another essential part of the project documentation that lives with it through completion. Increasingly though, they are linked, and the documentation can even be derived from the model so they are updated along with the model.

Worldwide CAD Table of Contents
  • Executive Summary
    • Summary
  • Introduction
    • Trends
      • Technology
      • Model-Based Design, Digital Twins
      • EDA
      • IoT
      • Analysis and Generative Design
      • 3D Printing
      • AI/ML
      • Cloud-Based Computing
      • AR/VR/MR
      • Real-time
      • Rendering
    • Summary
  • CAD Market Overview
      • Companies Transform Themselves Through M&A
    • 2021 M&A
    • Summary
      • Opportunity and Danger
    • 3D: Shifts in Emphasis
    • 2D: The Contenders
    • An Overview of the Drafting Landscape
    • Today’s Workalike Market
      • Independent CAD Developers With AutoCAD Workalikes
      • The ODA Explores new Territory Beyond 2D
      • Visualize
    • The 2D Landscape
    • 3D CAD for the Future
  • A closer look at Market Segments
    • Trends in AEC
    • Transforming AEC
    • Opportunities Abound for BIM
      • OpenBIM
    • IFC4 Reference View 1.2 Export Certification
      • Cloud-Enabled BIM
      • Autodesk BIM 360
      • Bentley ProjectWise 365 and Synchro
      • BIMServer
      • Bricsys 24/7
      • Graphisoft Teamwork and BIM Server
    • The Metrology Revolution in AEC
    • Summary
    • CAD in Manufacturing
      • Manufacturing World Outlook
    • AEC, Architecture, Engineering, and Construction
    • The Construction Opportunity
  • Process, Power, Infrastructure & Marine
    • Trends in PP&M
  • GIS
  • Platforms
    • The Mac Market
      • Mac3D
  • Digital Reality; the Real World Intersection
    • First Steps
    • Bentley and Siemens Unveil PlantSight
    • Viewing Tools
    • Sketching and Drawing
  • The Users: 2D, 3D, and Both
    • 3D CAD for the future
    • Geographies
  • Forecasts
    • Summary
  • Definitions & Methodology
    • Methodology
      • Information sources
      • Primary research for this study
      • Secondary research for this study
    • Glossary
  • Index