Design every detail with CAD software
Design every detail with Autodesk® AutoCAD® software. Use innovative 3D design tools that are always up-to-date with your personalized design solution. Simplified documentation features help you share precise drawings with ease. Work across the connected platform with desktop, cloud and mobile solutions, all with the reliability of TrustedDWG™ technology.
1] User Interaction
- Ribbon tabs and panels :
Access your favourite tools easily when you need them with the AutoCAD ribbon.
- Tool palettes :
Easily access your most frequently used content and tools with customisable tool palettes.
- Command line :
Launch commands and respond to prompts quickly using simple keystrokes, right at the command line.
- Dynamic blocks :
Add flexibility and intelligence to your block references, including changing the shape, size, or configuration.
- Multi-functional grips :
Easily reshape, move, or manipulate geometry with grip editing.
- Object and layer transparency :
Control the transparency for selected objects or for all objects on a layer.
- Associative arrays :
Create and modify objects in circular or rectangular patterns, or along a path.
- Object selection and isolation :
Find and select all objects that match the properties of an object. Hide or unhide the selected objects.
2] 2D drafting, drawing and annotation
- Text settings :
Create single or multi-line 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 centrelines and centre marks :
Create and edit centrelines and centre 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.
- Data extraction :
Extract information from objects, blocks and attributes, including drawing information.
- Parametric constraints :
Apply geometric and dimensional constraints to maintain relationships between drawing geometry.
3] 3D modelling and visualisation
- Solid, surface and mesh modelling :
Create realistic 3D models of your design using a combination of solid, surface and mesh modelling 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.
- Photorealistic rendering :
Apply lighting and materials to give your 3D models a realistic appearance and to help communicate your designs.
- 3D scanning and point clouds :
Attach point cloud files acquired by 3D laser scanners or other technologies to create 3D representations.
- Base, projected and section views :
Generate 2D drawings including base, projected, section and detail views from 3D models.
- Print Studio :
Print Studio provides the tools needed to prepare models for supported 3D printers and materials.
- PDF and DGN import/export/underlay :
Share and re-use data from PDF and DGN files by importing, exporting, or attaching them as underlays.
- Geographic location and on-line maps :
Insert geographic location information into a drawing and display a map in the drawing from an on-line map service.
- DWG and image references:
Attach drawings and images to your current drawing as externally referenced files.
- Sheet set manager :
View, access, manage and plot multiple drawings as sheet sets.
- Reference Navisworks models :
Attach and view Navisworks models as underlays to your AutoCAD drawings.
- Import 3D models :
Import maps, parts and assemblies from applications including CATIA, SOLIDWORKS and others.
5] Installation and customisation
- TrustedDWG technology :
TrustedDWG™ technology lets you know of a possible incompatibility when a file was not last saved by an Autodesk software.
- Application Programming Interface (API) :
- CUI customisation :
Customise 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.
- Multi-user (network) licence sharing :
Pool licences on a server to reduce costs when not all licences are in use at the same time.
- Sysvar monitor:
Monitor current system variables against a preferred list of values. Notification balloons alert you of deviations.
- Tools for managing CAD standards :
Define and monitor CAD standards to maintain consistent styles for layers, linetypes, text and dimensions.
- Autodesk desktop app :
Get alerts and install software updates without disrupting your workflow. View tutorials about new features.
- Autodesk App Store :
Customise your software with Autodesk-approved extensions from the Autodesk App Store.
- Action recorder:
Record commands and input values that can be played back as an action macro.
- Migration tool:
Migrate your custom settings and files from preceding releases.