Equipped with the right applications, a computer can be of great help in virtually any domain of activity. When it comes to designing and precision, no other tool is as accurate as a computer. Moreover, specialized applications such as AutoCAD give you the possibility to design nearly anything ranging from art, to complex mechanical parts or even buildings.
Suitable for business environments and experienced users
After a decent amount of time spent installing the application on your system, you are ready to fire it up. Thanks to the office suite like interface, all of its features are cleverly organized in categories. At a first look, it looks easy enough to use, but the abundance of features it comes equipped with leaves room for second thoughts.
Create 2D and 3D objects
You can make use of basic geometrical shapes to define your objects, as well as draw custom ones. Needless to say that you can take advantage of a multitude of tools that aim to enhance precision. A grid can be enabled so that you can easily snap elements, as well as adding anchor points to fully customize shapes.
With a little imagination and patience on your behalf, nearly anything can be achieved. Available tools allow you to create 3D objects from scratch and have them fully enhanced with high-quality textures. A powerful navigation pane is put at your disposal so that you can carefully position the camera to get a clearer view of the area of interest.
Various export possibilities
Similar to a modern web browser, each project is displayed in its own tab. This comes in handy, especially for comparison views. Moreover, layouts and layers also play important roles, as it makes objects handling a little easier.
Sine the application is not the easiest to carry around, requiring a slightly sophisticated machine to properly run, there are several export options put at your disposal so that the projects itself can be moved around.
Aside from the application specific format, you can save as an image file of multiple types, PDF, FBX and a few more. Additionally, it can be sent via email, directly printed out on a sheet of paper, or even sent to a 3D printing service, if available.
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All in all, AutoCAD remains one of the top applications used by professionals to achieve great precision with projects of nearly any type. It encourages usage with incredible offers for student licenses so you get acquainted with its abundance of features early on. A lot can be said about what it can and can't do, but the true surprise lies in discovering it step-by-step.
Originally a desktop application for use on workstations, AutoCAD was first released in December 1982 for the MS-DOS platform. AutoCAD was released for the Mac in 1985, and for Windows 3.x in 1992. AutoCAD received an update on the Macintosh in January 1999. A Windows version of AutoCAD followed in 2000, with a Windows XP version in 2002 and a Windows Vista version in 2007. AutoCAD received the first update in almost two decades, with a major overhaul in 2013, and AutoCAD 2014 was released in June of that year.
What is AutoCAD?
AutoCAD is a CAD program developed by Autodesk and is the world’s leading commercial computer-aided design (CAD) and drafting software application. AutoCAD allows users to create models, such as interior designs or building designs, which they can then view in various ways, depending on the viewing mode, and possibly print.
AutoCAD is used by architects, engineers, contractors, drafters, and other professions who design things such as building plans, and who also do structural calculations and design chemical factories. Some versions of AutoCAD are also used for prototyping.
If you’ve been working with AutoCAD, then you know how fast it can be to create a model and how fast it can be to view that model. Many other CAD programs, however, may not be as fast as AutoCAD.
AutoCAD is only available in a Windows version. Other CAD programs, including those that are considered to be more of a drafting program, like AutoCAD LT, run in both a Windows and Mac version.
AutoCAD is fully integrated into Microsoft Office. It can be accessed from Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote, among others. It is part of Microsoft Dynamics NAV, or Microsoft Business Objects, and can also be accessed through several other Microsoft platforms.
For more information on the history of AutoCAD, see the following Wikipedia article:
How AutoCAD works
AutoCAD has a variety of ways to work with models. For example, the keyboard can be used to move the cursor in 3D space, or you can use a mouse or other pointing device, or a stylus to do the same thing. AutoCAD can be used to draw (digitize) a drawing, which you can then work with to modify it
Sharing information via Portable Document Format (PDF)
Since AutoCAD 2016 Release 11, AutoCAD has been able to export PDF drawing files. As with other file formats AutoCAD can export to Microsoft Word, Adobe PDF, and Microsoft Excel. The PDF file is not platform-dependent and retains the full resolution of the original drawing.
Other CAD applications
Several other CAD applications exist, including:
2D drafting and illustration software, such as FreeHand, VectorWorks, Rhinoceros 3D, e.spark, Blender, Inkscape, and Vectric VDX;
3D CAD design software, such as CATIA, CATIA V6.0, Inventor, SolidWorks, e3d, SpaceClaim, 3-matic, Edraw Max, Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk Navisworks, Parasolid, Construct 3, FARO, QuickCAM, Cascading, Precision Design, SolidEdge, SolidWorks, MicroStation, IGES, DGN, I-DEAS, Pathway, LightTools, SOLIDWORKS Parametric, N-Fusion, Dimension, CADD Studio, BBAO, SmartPlant, Virtual, ArchiCAD, CiCAD, FabCAD, StickyDesign, Trimble, Layered Design, Dextra, Navisworks, PTC Creo, Leapfrog, Upverter, and DraftSight;
CAD/CAM software, such as Alibre Design, Automated Desktop, CAMBASE, CADD, CADDOC, CADKEY, CMC, Creo, Cribier, DWGMAN, Dimension3D, DWGMAN, DWGMAN 2.0, Enterprise Objects, ESRI, GARM, Inventor, KiCAD, MakerBot, PTC Creo, Pro/Engineer, QCAD, RescueTime, SolidWorks, Stadia, TinkerCAD, Trimble CAD Software, and ZWCAD;
CAD tools such as GOLPE, VISE/VITA, TIE, SCM, Eraser, FATE, CPPF, Flux, BCPF, CCPF, ETA, GCPF, HCPF, IMPF, KCPF, LCPF, NCPF, MCPF, PCPF, PCPE, PCPF, OCPF, QCP
1. Copy a folder in your hard drive, and put it into the drive C:\ (for example).
2. Then, enter the following command:
Add design prompts for creating assets and parts for any project from the outset. Add and modify parameters, dimensions, tolerances, and more to make your designs ready to ship, without the need to redo your engineering work.
Receive instant feedback in the form of explicit design notes on any change to your drawing.
Develop automated parts or assembly processes and receive any design changes within seconds, including drawings for BOMs and bills of material.
Create parts and assemblies to simplify engineering work. Create simple parts such as wheels, panels, and so on, and combine them to automate assembly work or process your product design.
Add vendor-specific information directly to your design objects. Enable your team to automatically edit a drawing in multiple CAD formats with just a few clicks.
Integrate SAP, Dassault Systèmes and third-party Web services into your design process. Utilize pre-built components, such as equipment and material design that interact with SAP and other systems in real time.
Download and open 3D models from the Internet directly into your drawing. Save hours of time and effort, while maintaining a central drawing database to host and manage the models.
Integration with local design applications:
Make the best use of your integrated design applications. Open drawings, BOMs and bills of material from Autodesk for the latest version of your integrated design application.
Develop and test your designs in parallel. Schedule change requests, and prioritize tasks in your design process with a shared drawing database.
Integrate designs created in AutoCAD into your other design applications. Publish to the cloud or local repository and share designs with your team.
Edit and annotate drawings and source code in parallel. The latest version of AutoCAD now integrates with your design applications, and opens collaborative sessions with a click.
Scales and Grids:
Create scale drawing definitions from your original drawings. In a new interface, create scale drawings based on templates or import existing drawings.
Easily resize and reposition views. Quickly adjust the viewport and zoom in and out while working in new layouts.
Sketch and edit with new freehand tools. Sketch and edit without worrying about drawing limits, line weight, and other restrictions. Sketch in new dimensions or 3D, like walls and floors, and easily go back and edit in edit mode.
Linux kernel 3.4+
Graphics driver radeon or amdgpu (AMD Catalyst 13.3 beta)
Graphics driver amdgpu
Scientific Python 2.7.x (CUDA 5.5 compatible)
Note: on the input side, all CUDA-enabled kernels can use GPUs, however, the output of the CUDA kernels is limited to work with the GPU.