Autodesk AutoCAD

Autodesk AutoCAD

Autodesk AutoCAD is a 2D & 3D computer-aided design (CAD) software developed by Autodesk. It helps you to create precise drawings with easy-to-use tools. Work faster from anywhere with industry-specific toolsets and AutoCAD web and mobile apps.

What is AutoCAD?

AutoCAD is computer-aided design (CAD) software that architects, engineers and construction professionals rely on to create precise 2D and 3D drawings.

Why use AutoCAD?

  • Draft and edit 2D geometry and 3D models with solids, surfaces and mesh objects
  • Annotate drawings with text, dimensions, leaders and tables
  • Collaborate across teams and devices
  • Customise with add-on apps and APIs

Work across the connected platform with desktop, cloud, and mobile solutions, all with the reliability of TrustedDWG™ technology: the original and most accurate way to store and exchange design data. AutoCAD software – engineered for the future.

How does AutoCAD Work?

The software works by using vector graphics to represent objects and geometry, which can be easily edited and manipulated to create complex designs.

One of the key features of AutoCAD is its use of layers, which allows users to organise their designs and control the visibility of different elements. This makes it easy to manage large and complex drawings, and to make changes and updates as needed.

AutoCAD also includes a variety of drawing tools and commands, such as lines, circles, arcs, and polylines, as well as more advanced features like fillets, chamfers, and splines. These tools allow users to create complex shapes and geometries quickly and easily, making it an ideal software choice for architects, engineers, and other design professionals.


File Types 

The software supports a variety of file formats, including DWG (drawing) and DXF (drawing exchange format). DWG files are the native file format of AutoCAD and can be opened and edited within the software. DXF files are widely used to exchange drawings and designs between different CAD software applications. AutoCAD also supports other file formats, such as DWF (design web format) and PDF (portable document format), which allow users to share their designs with others who do not have access to AutoCAD.

Work faster with industry-specific toolsets

AutoCAD now includes industry-specific features and libraries for architecture, mechanical design, electrical design and more in industry toolsets (previously separate AutoCAD products).

When you subscribe to AutoCAD including specialised toolsets, you gain access to seamless workflows, and new automations that help you achieve ultimate productivity in 2D and 3D design, by allowing you to work faster anytime, anywhere, with the included AutoCAD web and mobile apps.

Design more-quickly with industry-specific capabilities that let you:

  • Access features and libraries while working in a familiar AutoCAD interface.
  • Automate floor plans, sections and elevations.
  • Easily create details and views from 3D models, and quickly generate schedules, lists, and tables.
  • Create rules-driven workflows.

You can complete design tasks in a fraction of the time. Automate common actions such as inserting doors, generating bills of materials and creating PLC I/O drawings. Access over 750,000 intelligent objects and parts with industry libraries.

Speed up architectural drawing and documentation with over 8,000 intelligent architectural objects. Automate floorplans, sections, elevations, and more.

Boost productivity while designing and documenting electrical controls systems with over 65,000 intelligent electrical symbols. Design panel layouts and schematic diagrams.

Accelerate product design with mechanical design features and over 700,000 intelligent manufacturing parts and symbols. Automate tasks, such as generating machine Components and creating bills of materials.

Produce P&IDs efficiently and integrate them into 3D plant design models using specialised plant design and engineering features. Quickly create plant layouts, schematic diagrams, and more.

Efficiently draft, design, and document building systems with over 10,500 intelligent mechanical, electrical, and plumbing objects.
Easily design ductwork, electrical conduit, and circuiting for building systems.

Improve planning and design by incorporating GIS and CAD data. Manage spatial data with standard data schema, automated business workflows, and report templates.

Convert raster images into DWG™ objects with raster-to-vector tools. Easily edit and clean up raster images while transforming them into vector drawings within a familiar AutoCAD environment.

Stay connected to your CAD drawings at job sites and in clients’ offices with the AutoCAD web and mobile apps, included with an AutoCAD subscription.

View, edit, annotate and create drawings in the field and on the go from a mobile device.

With no installation required, simply log in to view, edit, annotate and create drawings quickly in your local web browser.

AutoCAD included in AEC & Product Design & Manufacturing Collections

What are the 2D designs & 3D designs features?

Drawing and Drafting Tools: AutoCAD provides a range of drawing and drafting tools that allow users to create accurate 2D designs.

Dimensioning: AutoCAD includes a range of dimensioning tools that enable users to add accurate measurements to their designs.

Layer Management: AutoCAD offers a powerful layer management system that enables users to organize their 2D designs effectively.

Blocks: AutoCAD allows users to create and reuse blocks, which are groups of objects that can be used as a single entity.

Hatch Patterns: AutoCAD offers a range of hatch patterns that enable users to add texture and shading to their 2D designs.

3D Modeling Tools: AutoCAD provides a range of 3D modeling tools that enable users to create complex 3D designs.

Rendering: AutoCAD includes a powerful rendering engine that enables users to create photorealistic images of their 3D designs.

Solid Modeling: AutoCAD allows users to create solid models, which are 3D objects that have volume and mass.

Mesh Modeling: AutoCAD includes a range of mesh modeling tools that enable users to create 3D models made up of mesh objects.

Animation: AutoCAD includes an animation tool that enables users to create animations of their 3D designs.

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