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2D and 3D CAD software with design automation and industry-specific toolsets, plus web and mobile apps

Better Workflows. Boosted Productivity.

Architects, engineers, and designers rely on Autodesk® AutoCAD® to work smarter. Subscribe to AutoCAD to access seamless workflows, specialized industry toolsets, and new automations to help you achieve the ultimate productivity in 2D and 3D design.

Get powerhouse performance, visualize Xref changes, enhanced Blocks capabilities, and version control to take your designs to the next level. When you’re not in the office, stay connected to your work with the included AutoCAD web and mobile apps to design anytime, anywhere, on any device. Built for the way you work. Built for the future.

AutoCAD Features

Trace: Enhance collaboration between your team and streamline the review process. Safely review and provide feedback on a drawing in AutoCAD without altering the existing drawing. Works across desktop, web, and mobile.

Share: Send controlled copies of your drawings to your team and colleagues, establishing access for those who need only to view and those who need to edit. Save time by sharing your drawings with AutoCAD.

Count: Automate counting tasks and reduce errors. Counting can be done by layer, mirror state, or scale. Overlapping or exploded blocks will be flagged for review. Counts easily update and can be exported into a table.

Floating Windows: Pull a drawing tab away and display it as a floating window. View and edit two drawings at the same time in fully functional windows side by side, or on multiple monitors. No need to open another instance of AutoCAD.

Graphic Performance & Installation Improvements: Reduce the amount of time setting up your software with faster and customizable installations. You can even work in AutoCAD while it’s being installed. Experience faster performance including when plotting and for 3D graphics.

Push to Autodesk Docs: Improve productivity and reduce steps by publishing your CAD drawing sheets as PDFs from AutoCAD to Autodesk Docs. Plus, you can access your DWG files in Autodesk Docs anywhere with the AutoCAD web app.

WHICH AUTOCAD IS RIGHT FOR YOU?

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Text formatting

Create single or multiline text (mtext) as a single text object. Format the text, columns, and boundaries.


Smart dimensioning

Create dimensions automatically. Pass the cursor over selected objects to get a preview before you create it. 


Leaders

Create leaders with a variety of content, including text or blocks. Easily format leader lines and define styles.


Smart centerlines and center marks

Create and edit centerlines and center marks that automatically move when you move the associated objects.


Tables

Create tables with data and symbols in rows and columns, apply formulas, and link to a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet. 


Revision clouds

Draw revision clouds around new changes in a drawing to quickly identify your updates.


Layouts

Specify the size of your drawing sheet, add a title block, and display multiple views of your model.


Layout viewports

Create layout viewports to display different elements of your design at varying scales. 


Fields

Use fields in text objects to display text that can be updated automatically as the field value changes.


Data linking

Enable simultaneous updates by creating a live link between a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet and a table in your drawing. 

PDF and DGN import/export/underlay

Share and reuse data from PDF and DGN files by importing, exporting, or attaching them as underlays.


DWG and image references

Attach drawings and images to your current drawing as externally referenced files. 


Geographic location and online maps 

Insert geographic location information into a drawing, and display a map in the drawing from an online map service. 

TrustedDWG technology

TrustedDWG technology lets you know of a possible incompatibility when a file was not last saved by an Autodesk software product.


Migration tool

Migrate your custom settings and files from previous releases. 


CUI customization

Customize the user interface to improve accessibility and reduce the number of steps for frequent tasks.


Sysvar monitor 

Monitor current system variables against a preferred list of values. Notification balloons alert you of deviations.


Autodesk desktop app

Get alerts and install software updates without disrupting your workflow. View tutorials about new features.

AutoCAD

Text settings
Create single or multiline text (mtext) as a single text object. Easily format text, columns, and boundaries.


Dimensions
Create dimensions automatically. Pass the cursor over selected objects to see a preview before you create it.


Tables
Apply formulas, link to Microsoft Excel spreadsheets, and create tables with data and symbols. Automatically import data to tables using features like Count.


Leaders

Create leaders with a variety of content, including text or blocks. Easily format leader lines and define styles.


Centerlines and center marks

Create and edit centerlines and center marks that automatically move when you move the associated objects.


Revision clouds

Draw revision clouds around new changes in a drawing to quickly identify your updates.


Views

Save views by name to easily return to a specific view for quick reference or for applying to layout viewports.


Layouts

Specify the size of your drawing sheet, add a title block, and display multiple views of your model.


Fields

Use fields in text objects to display text that can be updated automatically as the field value changes.


Data linking

Enable simultaneous updates by creating a live link between a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet and a table in your drawing.


Data extraction

Extract information from objects, blocks, and attributes, including drawing information.


Dynamic blocks

Add flexibility and intelligence to your block references, including changing the shape, size, or configuration.


Arrays

Create and modify objects in circular or rectangular patterns, or along a path.


Parametric constraints

Apply geometric and dimensional constraints to maintain relationships between drawing geometry.


Purge

Remove multiple unneeded objects at once with easy selection and object preview.

Solid, surface, and mesh modeling

Create realistic 3D models of your design using a combination of solid, surface, and mesh modeling tools.


3D navigation (orbit, ViewCube, wheel)

Use 3D viewing and navigation tools to orbit, swivel, walk, and fly around a 3D model to showcase your design.


Visual styles

Apply visual styles to control the display of edges, lighting, and shading of your 3D model.


Section planes

Create section planes to display cross-sectional views through solids, surfaces, meshes, or regions.


Rendering

Apply lighting and materials to give your 3D models a realistic appearance and to help communicate your designs.


Cloud rendering

Render 3D models online without consuming processing power or disk space on your local computer.


Point clouds

Attach point cloud files acquired by 3D laser scanners or other technologies to use as a starting point for your designs.


Model documentation

Generate 2D drawings including base, projected, section, and detail views from 3D models.

Xref Compare

Compare two versions of a drawing, including external references (xrefs).


PDF files

Share and reuse data from PDF files by importing, exporting, or attaching them as underlays.


DGN Files

Share and reuse data from DGN files by importing, exporting, or attaching them as underlays.


DWG Compare

Compare two versions of a drawing without leaving your current window.


Sheet sets

View, access, manage, and plot multiple drawings as sheet sets.


Model references and import

Attach Navisworks models as underlays to your drawings, and import models from other applications.


Geographic location and online maps

Insert geographic location information into a drawing, and display a map in the drawing from an online map service.

Simplified installer

Reduce the amount of time you spend setting up AutoCAD with faster and customizable installations.


Start tab

The new AutoCAD Start tab lets you easily access files and other helpful content directly from the home screen.


TrustedDWG technology

TrustedDWG® technology alerts you to a possible incompatibility when a file was not last saved by Autodesk software.


CUI customization

Customize the user interface to improve accessibility and reduce the number of steps for frequent tasks.


Secure load

Specify security restrictions for running executables in AutoCAD to help protect against malicious executable code.


Action recorder

Record commands and input values that can be played back as an action macro.


System variable monitor

Monitor current system variables against a preferred list of values. Notification balloons alert you to deviations.


CAD standards checker

Define and monitor CAD standards to maintain consistent styles for layers, linetypes, text, and dimensions.


Application Programming Interface (API)

Control drawings and databases with ActiveX, VBS, AutoLisp, Visual LISP, ObjectARX, JavaScript, and .NET.


Autodesk App Store

Customize your software with Autodesk-approved extensions.

Autodesk AutoCAD Training Classes

Fundamentals: Part 1

Autodesk AutoCAD Fundamentals: Part 1

Description: AutoCAD Fundamentals: Part 1 covers the essential core topics for working with the AutoCAD software. It begins with learning the basic tools for creating and editing 2D drawings. Then continues to explore the tools used to annotate drawings by adding text, hatching, dimensions, and tables. More advanced tools, such as working with blocks and setting up layouts, are introduced to improve your efficiency with the software.

Type: Web/Remote
Pre-Requisites: None
Course Length: 3 days

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Fundamentals: Part 2

Autodesk AutoCAD Fundamentals: Part 2

Description: AutoCAD Fundamentals Part 2 continues with more sophisticated techniques that extend your mastery of the software. For example, here you go beyond the basic skill of using a template to understand the process of setting up a template, creating annotation styles, and how to work with external references.

Type: Web/Remote
Pre-Requisites: Fundamentals: Part 1
Course Length: 2 days

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Electrical Fundamentals

Autodesk AutoCAD Electrical Fundamentals

Description: This class covers the indispensable core topics for working with the AutoCAD Electrical software. You will learn how to use many of the powerful electrical drawing creation tools in the AutoCAD Electrical software. You will create schematic drawings (ladder logic and point to point), panel drawings, and PLC-I/O circuits using automated commands for symbol insertion, component tagging, wire numbering, and drawing modification. In addition, you are introduced to methods of customizing AutoCAD Electrical symbols, circuits, and databases. Other topics covered include titleblock linking, reporting tools, templates, and project files.

Type: Web/Remote
Pre-Requisites: None
Course Length: 3 days

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Electrical Advanced

Autodesk AutoCAD Electrical Advanced

Description: This class builds off of the skills and knowledge gained in AutoCAD Electrical Fundamentals. Topics covered include:

  • Title Block Setup
    • Set up a standard title block with custom graphics
    • Set up a standard title block with custom attributes
    • Make a ‘smart’ template
  • Menu Customization
    • Modify the .env file to customize menu choices in the user interface
    • Creating slide files
    • Managing slide files with slide libraries
  • Electrical standards
    • How to modify the database
    • How to create an alternate Electrical standards section in the database
  • Custom Symbols
    • Create a symbol builder attribute template
    • Add a new type of symbol within symbol builder
  • Pneumatic, Hydraulic, P & ID Components
    • Cross discipline peer-to-peer relationships
  • PLC Customization
    • Be able to add customized PLCs to PLC database
    • How to specify non-sequential PLC I/O addressing
    • How to include special unused terminals
  • PLC I/O Utility
    • Understand how the PLC I/O spreadsheet ‘talks’ to the database & creates drawings
    • Create PLC I/O spreadsheet
  • Export to/Import from Spreadsheet
    • Understand what are the modifiable parameters
    • Understand the benefit of using export/import vs. circuit builder feature
  • Circuit Builder
    • Understand how the Excel spreadsheet feeds the automatic creation of drawings
    • Add new circuit type to the circuit builder

Type: Web/Remote
Pre-Requisites: Electrical Fundamentals
Course Length: 2 days

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Training Videos

2D mechanical design and drafting

This course explores how to be more productive with main design and documentation workflows by leveraging some of the tools you already have access to, specifically AutoCAD and its toolsets.

Getting Started with AutoCAD Electrical

This course explores the essential skills of AutoCAD Electrical for new users.