Learn about the benefits of using CAD software to create your next design.

What is CAD software

CAD or computer-aided design and drafting (CADD), is technology for design and technical documentation, which replaces manual drafting with an automated process. If you are a designer, drafter, architect or engineer, you have probably used 2D or 3D CAD programs such as AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT software. These widely used software programs can help you draft construction documentation, explore design ideas, visualise concepts through photorealistic renderings and simulate how a design performs in the real world.

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Which professions use CAD software?

Autodesk 2D and 3D CAD software is used by engineering disciplines across all industries. Explore how various professionals use CAD tools to improve processes – from concept to handover.

  • Architects

    Design and draft with CAD tools developed specifically for architects. Take your ideas from conceptual design to construction documentation within a single software environment.

  • Building engineers

    BIM processes help structural engineers (US site), detailers and fabricators improve structural documentation, minimise errors and streamline collaboration across teams to accelerate fabrication.

  • Civil engineers

    BIM for enhanced civil engineering design and construction documentation. Use intelligent, connected workflows to help enhance predictability, productivity and your bottom line.

  • Construction professionals

    Digitise your construction site and connect project information from design to construction and handover.

  • Mechanical engineers

    Professional-grade design, simulation and manufacturing solutions help mechanical engineers improve workflows, performance and collaboration. 

  • Electrical engineers

    Design and document electrical control systems with CAD tools created for electrical engineers. Automate common design tasks and facilitate drafting productivity.

  • Manufacturers

    Efficiently machine, inspect and fabricate quality parts and reduce time to market.

  • Car designers

    Conceptualise, design and render automotive designs (US site) using Class-A surfacing and professional rendering technology.

How to choose CAD software

Browse resources for choosing the solution that satisfies your needs.

  • Compatibility

    Autodesk software has compatible workflows between CAD products.

  • Learning support

    Autodesk offers tutorials, training materials and the support of an engaged online community as you learn the software.

  • Compare CAD software

    Compare our AutoCAD products to help you to choose the best software for your needs.

  • Choosing for business

    Evaluate your software needs, ask all the right questions, assess the top solutions and secure the budget.

How is CAD software used?

  • Staging and rigging company sets new stage during pandemic

    In the face of COVID-19, a staging and rigging company finds new opportunities to keep its business open and, most importantly, help to save lives. With all previous designs in AutoCAD, they were able to modify structures within 48 hours for delivery to the medical field.

    Courtesy of Mountain Productions

  • Moxy hotel blends fun and interior design with AutoCAD LT

    Discover how Tokyo-based Wise Labo uses inspiration and AutoCAD LT for the design of Marriott International’s Moxy hotel in Osaka, Japan. Mitsuru (Mitch) Sakairi blended high design with a brand experience based on fun.

    Courtesy of Marriott International, Inc./Moxy Hotels

  • Global volunteers collaborate to solve ventilator shortage

    When Tyler Mantel’s company was put on hold due to the COVID-19, he decided to launch The Ventilator Project to help solve the nation’s ventilator shortage. The teams used Fusion 360 and other t