What is AutoCAD?
Power your teams’ creativity with automation, collaboration, and machine-learning features of AutoCAD® software. Architects, engineers, and construction professionals use AutoCAD to:
Design and annotate 2D geometry and 3D models with solids, surfaces, and mesh objects
Automate tasks such as comparing drawings, counting objects, adding blocks, creating schedules and more
Create a customized workspace to maximize productivity with add-on apps and APIs
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Why use AutoCAD?
Accelerate your designs in 2D or 3D
Complete your projects faster with AutoCAD’s automations and customizations.
Collaborate across teams and devices
Share and annotate drawings safely and securely across desktop, web, or mobile devices.
Ensure fidelity and compatibility
Only Autodesk has TrustedDWG® technology to ensure fidelity and compatibility for your DWGs.
Power your productivity with seven included toolsets
Map 3D toolset
Plant 3D toolset
Raster Design toolset
What can you do with AutoCAD
Work anywhere with the web and mobile apps
Enjoy a connected design experience with AutoCAD across devices. Create, view, edit and annotate drawings with the AutoCAD mobile app or on any computer using the AutoCAD web app.
Unlock more efficient workflows
The newest updates in AutoCAD let you collaborate with teammates, gather drawing data more quickly, and export designs to other Autodesk products.
Customize your workspace and extend AutoCAD
Complete your work more quickly. Gain access to thousands of parts and additional features with industry-specific toolsets, APIs to automate common processes, and 1,000+ third-party apps.
Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
AutoCAD is computer-aided design (CAD) software that is used for precise 2D and 3D drafting, design, and modeling with solids, surfaces, mesh objects, documentation features, and more. It includes features to automate tasks and increase productivity such as comparing drawings, counting, adding objects, and creating tables. It also comes with seven industry-specific toolsets for electrical design, plant design, architecture layout drawings, mechanical design, 3D mapping, adding scanned images, and converting raster images. AutoCAD enables users to create, edit, and annotate drawings via desktop, web, and mobile devices.
AutoCAD is used by students, architects, designers, engineers, project managers, real estate developers, and construction professionals to create precise 2D and 3D drawings.
AutoCAD LT is powerful 2D CAD software used for precision drafting and documentation. AutoCAD includes all the features of AutoCAD LT, plus additional features to benefit productivity such as 3D modeling and automation of repetitive processes. AutoCAD also lets you customize the user interface with APIs and add-on apps. With AutoCAD, users are able work more efficiently with seven industry-specific toolsets to enhance automation and productivity for tasks in architecture, mechanical design, electrical design, plant design, plumbing, converting raster images, geographic information systems, and 3D mapping.