The File Extensions Database

.MCD File Extension

  • Developer by: Nemetschek
  • Category: CAD Files
  • Format: Binary

What is an .MCD file?

.MCD is MiniCAD Design File

Design created by Vectorworks CAD applications, which were previously developed under the MiniCAD brand; contains a design draft such as a technical drawing or a 2D or 3D model; used for storing drafted plans before construction or manufacturing.

MCD files were used through Vectorworks version 12, but Vectorworks now uses the .VWX extension in versions 2008 and later. Version 2008 was the successor to version 12.

NOTE: MCD files can be converted to VWX files in Vectorworks 2008 or later. VWX and some MCD files can also be viewed with the free Vectorworks Viewer programs, which are named "Vectorworks YYYY Viewer," where "YYYY" is the four-digit calendar release year of the viewer.

Programs that open MiniCAD Design File
Nemetschek Vectorworks
Nemetschek VectorWorks Viewer
Nemetschek Vectorworks
Nemetschek VectorWorks Viewer
File Type 2 Mathcad Document
Developer by: Parametric Technology Corporation Category: Data Files

Document created by Mathcad, a visual math and engineering program; contains multiple types of data, such as algorithms, functions, programs, and spreadsheets; often used for storing complex engineering calculations.

Mathcad Prime now uses the newer .MCDX format. You can convert MCD files to the MCDX format by opening them in Mathcad Prime and using the Mathcad Prime 2.0 XMCD, MCD Converter, which is available from the Input/Output tab on the program's ribbon bar.

NOTE: Mathcad was originally developed by Mathsoft but is now developed by Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC). Mathcad 14 and later is compatible with Pro/ENGINEER files.

Programs that open Mathcad Document
PTC Mathcad Prime 4.0

How to solve problems with MCD files

  • Associate the MCD file extension with the correct application. On :
    Windows: Right click on any MCD file and then click "Open with" > "Choose another app". Now select another program and check the box "Always use this app to open *.MCD files". Mac: Right click (or Ctrl-click) the MCD file, then click "Open with" > "Other...". Then choose another program and check the "Always Open With" box. Linux: Right click on the file, and select "Open with" and choose another program. iPhone: Tap the file. If you do not see an app to open the file, then tap Share "Share" and choose an app. Alternatively, save the file. Then open the Files app Files app. There long-press on the file, then release your finger. You will see a black menu bar. Then tap "Share" and select an app. Android: Tap the Settings icon on your smartphone, then tap on the Apps section. There tap the Options icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen to change the default apps.
  • Update your software that should actually open .MCD is MiniCAD Design File. Because only the current version supports the latest MCD file format. Search, therefore, e.g. on the Nemetschek manufacturer website after an available .MCD is MiniCAD Design File update.
  • To make sure that your MCD file is not corrupted or virus-infected, get the file again and scan it with antivirus software.