The Complete Guide to Buying Cadence PCB Design Solutions

A guide to making the right choice between Allegro X and OrCAD X

Find the Right PCB Design Solution

Which Software Tool is Best For Your Needs?

Selecting the best PCB design software for your business depends greatly on the complexity of the PCB you will design and manufacture in the end. Depending on your business requirements, Cadence offers a variety of PCB design solutions from basic to advanced functionality.

Below is a basic overview of the different PCB design software packages we offer. For a more in-depth comparison of the functionality between each tier, review our OrCAD X and Allegro X product matrix.

PCB Design Tools from Cadence

The improved high-performance 3D engine of OrCAD X


Built upon the well-established OrCAD PCB design software, OrCAD X is the next generation of PCB design. With major improvements in performance, productivity, and integration into other software tools, OrCAD X provides a dependable solution to a large userbase ranging from individuals to a team of engineers.

Ideal for Engineers Who:

  • Want a complete front-to-back PCB design software suite that’s reliable and easy to learn
  • Are looking to connect SOLIDWORKS or 3DEXPERIENCE
  • Want built-in PSpice circuit simulation tools

Visit the OrCAD X page

The Allegro X Electrical Engineer's Cockpit

Allegro X

The Allegro X platform is the highest performance PCB design software Cadence has to offer. Some of the features that the Allegro X platform contains may be better suited for your PCB application.

Ideal for Engineers Who:

  • Have complex routing designs and are looking for better suited layout tools
  • Designing high-density interconnect (HDI) PCBs
  • Require RF or other wireless technology routing and simulation capabilities

Visit the Allegro X page

CNC Programming Tools from CAMWorks

CAMWorks Standard Bundle

Like all CAMWorks tools, CAMWorks Standard is a Certified Gold Partner of SOLIDWORKS and is fully integrated into the software. CAMWorks Standard features all of the capabilities of SOLIDWORKS CAM Professional, plus additional support for rotary milling. 

Ideal for Manufacturers Who Want:

  • Seamless integration into SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD
  • 2.5-axis turning capabilities
  • 3 + 2 milling capabilities
  • Support for rotary milling


CAMWorks Premium Bundle

CAMWorks Premium is the ultimate integrated CAM solution for SOLIDWORKS users. This advanced tool combines all of the features in Milling Professional and Turning Professional, along with adding superior 4 & 5-axis simultaneous milling.

Ideal for Manufacturers Who Want:

  • Seamless integration into SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD
  • Up to 5-axis milling with multi-axis machining
  • Support for rotary milling
  • Mill-turn (up to 11-axis) and multi-function machining
  • Sub-spindle programming
  • G-code machine simulation


CAMWorks Turning Professional Bundle

CAMWorks Turning Professional is the ultimate CNC programming solution for advanced turning and mill-turn functions. The software also includes Sync Manager for simultaneous machining and Virtual Machine Standard for full machine simulation with collision detection.

Ideal for Manufacturers Who Want:

  • Seamless integration into SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD
  • Support for rotary milling
  • Mill-turn (up to 11-axis) and multi-function machining
  • Sub-spindle programming
  • G-code machine simulation


CAMWorks Milling Professional Bundle

CAMWorks Milling Professional is the most advanced 3-axis CNC programming solution available for SOLIDWORKS. It includes advanced 3-axis rough milling with rest machining and VoluMill for high-speed machining. Finishing cycles include Z-level (waterline), flat area, pattern project, constant step-over, pencil milling, and curve project for engraving on 3D surfaces.

Ideal for Manufacturers Who Want:

  • Seamless integration into SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD
  • 3-axis milling
  • Mill-turn and multi-function machining

Specialty CNC Programming Software from CAMWorks

CAMWorks NestingWorks

NestingWorks helps manufacturers to optimize the layout of sheet metal and flat stock designs while supporting the transition from design to manufacturing for sheet metal and flat goods.

Key Benefits of NestingWorks:

  • Optimize how parts fit on a shape to produce the maximum number of parts from a single piece of raw material
  • Maximize material usage by fitting smaller parts into open areas and cutouts of larger parts of the same thickness
  • Automatically group and nest parts of the same thickness


CAMWorks Wire EDM

This specialty CAM tool from CAMWorks was developed specifically for programming 2 through 4-axis Wire EDM CNC machines. Like all CAMWorks products, it fully integrates with SOLIDWORKS.

Key Benefits of Wire EDM:

  • Automate the creation of rough, skim, and tab cuts
  • Automatically change the processing order options with a single command
  • Choose between the output of only rough cuts, only tab cuts, or both
  • Easily switch between different machine code outputs

Where Can I Purchase Cadence Software?

Contact Your Cadence Reseller

The only way to buy Cadence products is through a certified reseller like GoEngineer.

Cadence products are sold worldwide through a select network of authorized Cadence partners. Partners also provide additional services, product training, and ongoing support.

For the US market, GoEngineer is one of two Cadence partners and the nation's leading SOLIDWORKS reseller. A Cadence software purchase through GoEngineer will put you in the ideal position to pursue integrated PCB and mechanical design, simulation, manufacturing, and data management.


GoEngineer is the VAR for Cadence and Dassault Systèmes (SOLIDWORKS & CATIA) products throughout the U.S. Browse our locations to find your regional office.

Not located in our territory? Find your national Cadence partner(s) on Cadence's Channel Partner Programs page.

What is Cadence PCB Design SOFTWARE PRICED AT?

How Much Does OrCAD X Cost?

Pricing for OrCAD X starts at $1,280 for a yearly lease, which includes technical support and product updates.

How Much Does Allegro X Cost?

Pricing for Allegro X starts at $4,000 for a yearly lease, which includes technical support and product updates. Perpetual licensing starts at around $12,000, with an optional yearly maintenance price for support and updates.


Are there any Allegro X or OrCAD X Promos?

Check our Cadence promotions page for details on any active promos.

Cadence Allegro X is high performance enhanced GPU engine.

Request a Software Demonstration or Trial

Cadence OrCAD X is made for effective design reuse.

See the Software in Action

Sometimes, you just need to see the software in action to understand it. We have application engineers who specialize specifically in electrical and electronics design solutions.

They are happy to put together a demonstration customized to your use case so that you can ensure that the features and functionality of the solution you choose do exactly what you need.

OrCAD X Professional is also available for instant free 30-day trials.


Additional CAM Resources

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CAMWorks VIDEO Tutorials

How Does it Work?

In this four part CAMWorks video tutorial series we break to the onboarding process with a detailed step-by-step instruction.  


SOLIDWORKS CAMWorks Tutorial: Part 1 - Introduction to Feature and Knowledge Based CAM  

In this first part of our four part Introduction to CAMWorks series, we primarily cover what separates CAMWorks from the rest of the CAM ecosystem. CAMWorks' unique functionality allows us to save our machining best practices to a central database which can be shared with other programmers. This makes CAMWorks an automation-forward CNC programming suite. Ensuring that you can "tweak once, save later" substantially reduces time spent in the CAM programming phase. Follow the rest of the series to view the full workflow and how to customize your Technology Database (TechDB).

SOLIDWORKS CAMWorks Tutorial: Part 2 - The Technology Database  

In this second part of our four part Introduction to CAMWorks series, we go over how to begin customizing the Technology Database. Teh TechDB is the core plumbing for CAMWorks' automation. This automation begins with setting up our machines and tool cribs. This video is a guided tour through setting up a 3 axis mill as well as simple tool crib. Setting up a machine with a default tool crib and post processor is just one of the many strategies that can be used with CAMWorks to make CNC programming as automated as possible. For additional methods and strategies to best fit your shop floor, don't hesitate to reach out.

SOLIDWORKS CAMWorks Tutorial: Part 3 - Programming & Saving Strategies

In the third part of our four-part Introduction to CAMWorks series, we cover how to customize the default settings for CAMWorks to best suit our shops. CAMWorks can automatically recognize prismatic machining features and has stock series of operations for each of these features called strategies. All of these are intended as starting points to be customized for each machine shop. This video goes through interactively setting up a feature and customizing the operations applied to that feature, then saving the series of operations as a new feature to use automatically on a future part. Repeating this workflow as you save already-known best practices or discover new ones are the key to maximizing the value and time savings of CAMWorks. Each of these strategies can be saved on a machine, material, or tool basis thus ensuring that the best fit can be found for any shop.

SOLIDWORKS CAMWorks Tutorial: Part 4 - Optimize Your Programming with the TechDB  

In the finale of this 4-part series, we go over CAMWorks and SOLIDWORKS CAM features and workflows. This is aimed to familiarize prospective customers with the software and feature set as the feature- and knowledge-based programming and automation features are quite powerful. This video completes our customizations from Part 3 and summarizes the benefits of CAMWorks

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