We’ve just completed our 4th CAM Software Market Share Survey, and the results are fascinating. We’ve done them in 2010, 2012, 2014, and now 2015. We’ll be doing one every year from now on–the market is just changing too quickly to look only every other year.
We divide the market into 3 segments:
- High-End: More expensive packages with more functionality.
- Tiered: Modular packages available in a range of configurations that span from the Low-End to the High-End.
- Low-End: Thees are inexpensive packages most commonly used by Hobbyists, but as we’ll see, they’re starting to come up-market to the Professional World.
Let’s take a look by category.
The High End was the largest part of our survey and accounted for 47% of adoptions.
For our 2014 Survey, we remarked that the High-End CAM Software Market was crowded, fragmented, and somewhat confusing. There had been predictions of consolidation, but consolidation was not apparent in the data. That has changed for our 2015 survey. There are still a great many players, but the Top 5 account for 5% of the market while in 2014 the Top 5 were 51%. The market is indeed gradually consolidating.
High-End CAM Market Share
Here are the highlights of 2015 relative to the 2014 results:
- Mastercam remains the #1 player and even gained share—moving from 22% to 27%
- NX fell from #2 to #6 and is no longer in the Top 5.
- HSMWorks has made stunning gains—moving from #5 and 5% share to #2 and 17% share. Note that this is not the inexpensive Fusion 360 version. These are the full-featured versions that integrate with Solidworks and Inventor.
- OneCNC is hanging in at the same #3 position and even picked up some share, moving from 6% to 8%.
- Powermill and Solidcam are tied for the #4 and #5 places, but Solidcam has lost a little overall share while Powermill is coming on pretty strongly. Apparently the merger with Autodesk has been a good idea for the product.
- Below the Top 5, Edgecam, Alphacam, Esprit, TopSolid, and Hypermill all made good gains in market share. Notable share losers were GibbsCAM, SurfCAM, Catia, and Pro/E.
To understand the market share gains and losses better, you’ll want to drill down on some of the other survey analysis such as Share of Mind, Top Features, Top Frustrations, Conversions Rates and Product Strengths and Weaknesses.
The Tier-Priced category consists of products that are sold in modular fashion so you can build a CAM package at virtually any price point depending on how much functionality you need. As such they straddle multiple markets from low-end to high-end.
Tier-Price CAM Software Market Share
When we did our 2014 survey, the Tier-Priced category was the second most popular segment, after the High-End. This year, its share places it in third place, and we think that is largely due to the incredible success of Fusion 360 at the Low End. 26% of our respondents were using Tier-Priced CAM packages.
There was quite a lot of upheaval in market shares among the Tier-Priced packages too:
- BobCAD/CAM moved up from #3 (18% share) to #1 place with 27% share.
- SprutCAM fell from #1 to #2 place going from 38% share to 27%.
- Vectric moved from #4 (17% share) to #3 with 24% share.
- Mecsoft’s family of products fell from #2 place (22%) to #4 place 20%. That’s not that big a share change for them.
In 2014 the Top 3 players in this segment had 78% of the segment. For 2015, the Top 3 also have 78%. The forces at work here are not consolidation but changing positions based on overall momentum. Like the High-End, more insights are possible by looking at some of the other reports.
These are the packages that Hobbyists and “Prosumers” (low-end business + high-end hobbyist) thrive on because their price points are relatively low. This was our second largest category having received 32% of the responses.
Low-End CAM Market Share
This is the market where Autodesk’s Cloud Strategy and Fusion 360 product have really taken over. The Top 3 players in 2014 had 61% market share while Fusion 360 is closing in on that all by itself. Every single player we tracked in this market lost some share to Fusion 360, it was only a matter of how much. CAMBAM stayed pretty flat while MeshCAM went from 23% to 15% share. The rest all did much worse.
The combination of nice parametric CAD, the very nice HSMWorks CAM, and all at a very affordable price is tough to beat. The low-end market is basically being offered a lot of the power that had been reserved for the High End and Tiered Segments at a very affordable price.
Customer Satisfaction can be elusive to track down, but we all want the product whose customers love it the most. For this report, we measured Customer Satisfaction as a score in two ways. First, we asked respondents to rank their packages on a 1 to 3 scale where 1 = Not very good, 2 = OK, 3 = It rocks! Second, we asked whether the customer was actively searching for a new package to adopt. A mathematical formula related the percentage of each kind of answer to a Customer Satisfaction Score.
High-End Top 5
Tiered Top 5
- Bob CAD/CAM
Low-End Top 5
- HSMWorks (Fusion 360)
- Desk Proto
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This year we asked a lot more questions in the survey than simply, “Which CAM packages are you using?” We added questions relating to Customer Satisfaction, Favorite Features, Biggest Frustrations, and more. We learned a lot, but it’s really too much for one article.
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