What is AutoCAD


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AutoCAD is the leading computer-aided design (CAD) software developed by Autodesk. It is the most widely used CAD software in many industries, including construction, engineering, manufacturing, architecture, and even graphic design.

Autodesk has developed many different versions of AutoCAD, tailoring each software to the uses of each industry, such as Autodesk Civil 3D for the construction industry, Autodesk Inventor for the manufacturing industry, and Autodesk 3ds Max for interior design. Several (but not all) of these different versions are based on AutoCAD, with many powerful functions added on top of it.

What is AutoCAD used for?

Generally, AutoCAD is used for creating 2D or 3D blueprints or engineering plans. Because it is a vector-based program, it is able to create drawings that can be printed at any size with no loss in quality. The prints that are generated follow the industry standard, and is accepted by any industry globally.

As the name implies, 2D versions of AutoCAD such as AutoCAD LT are only able to create 2D drawings.

On the other end of the scale, some of the 3D versions of the AutoCAD-based programs are so powerful that they are not only able to create 3D renderings of the objects, but are also able to automatically generate the different elevations of the objects.

An example of a 2D drawing in AutoCAD

An example of a 2D drawing in AutoCAD

You can render a 3D object in AutoCAD, and elevations can be created automatically

You can render a 3D object in AutoCAD, and elevations can be created automatically

You can also render a 3D object with colours to get an idea of what the finished product may look like

You can also render a 3D object with colours to get an idea of what the finished product may look like

Who should learn AutoCAD?

Companies that are in the industry of using blueprints and engineering plans will always need draughtsmen – people who use CAD software to create or edit the drawings. If you are looking for a job in the draughting industry, being able to use AutoCAD is not only a bonus; it is a must!

If you are pursuing a career in graphic design, knowing how to use AutoCAD is not as necessary, but it is definitely a bonus as AutoCAD has powerful functions that will help you create design that other software will not be able to.

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