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Autodesk AutoCAD is the world-leading computer-aided design software for all engineering, architecture, and 3D modeling professionals around the globe

The CAD tool for professionals

June 21, 2022
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Computer-aided design, or CAD, refers to the use of a series of computer tools to design 2D and 3D models to assist engineers, architects, and designers in their daily work. And among those features, there is one that stands out above the rest. We are talking about Autodesk's AutoCAD, a commercial product that has been a reference in this CAD sector since the early eighties and that is renewed every year with new versions to stay competitive in the market.

AutoCAD is computer-aided design (CAD) software that architects, engineers, and construction professionals trust to create accurate 2D and 3D drawings.

The program offers almost endless possibilities for computer-aided design, two- and three-dimensional modeling of structures, and generation of documentation. But it is a tool with a highly professional character, both because of the advanced knowledge required to take full advantage of it and because of its high price, even though it comes with a 30-day trial version. Thus, it is very complex for beginners. How and where to learn how to use it? With a lot of patience, and using the many guides and video tutorials that you can find on the Internet.

Main features

Among the most outstanding functions and features of this CAD design software, we should list the following:

  • Creates designs and draws in 2D and 3D on the program grid.
  • Turns your design ideas into any shape thanks to the free-form design tools.
  • Analyzes the continuity between different surfaces.
  • Observes the details of all the drawings with great clarity.
  • Captures reality through point clouds or by scanning files.
  • Extracts isolinear curves through the surface curve extraction tools.
  • Controls the graphic window on the canvas, changing settings, views, and visual styles.
  • TrustedDWG technology to ensure drawing fidelity.
  • Possibility to import files from Autodesk Inventor.
  • Option to customize the interface color to reduce visual fatigue and other elements to better suit your needs.

What's new in AutoCAD 2023

Autodesk says AutoCAD 2023 is built on three key pillars. First of all, in the Automation of tasks that lets you speed up your work and to always concentrate on what is really important. Secondly, in a seamless cross-platform connection that allows total freedom and flexibility when working. And finally, continuous innovation to always have the best functions and features on the market. The most recent ones are listed below:

  • Incorporates revision marks into drawings automatically and without additional steps
  • A web API for LISP is available to help automate the different steps that make up the workflow.
  • New "My information" guide where you can discover the new functionalities.
  • The counting function now makes it easy to automate the counting of blocks or objects within a selected area or in the entire drawing.
  • The drawing set manager now enables you to open drawing sets faster than ever before.
  • Updated graphics are included, enabling 3D objects to be rendered up to ten times faster than before.

Requirements and additional information:

  • The trial version can be used for 30 days.
Lauriane Guilloux

Hi, I’m Lauriane Guilloux. I grew up surrounded by gadgets and technology and everyone who knows me assumes that it will always be one of my greatest interests. I’ve evolved hand-in-hand with PCs, laptops, video gaming consoles, smartphones,...

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