A CAD drawing is a detailed 2D or 3D illustration displaying the components of an engineering or architectural project. Computer-aided design utilises software to create drawings to be used throughout the entire process of a design project, from conceptual design to construction or assembly.
Who uses CAD drawing software?
Autodesk 2D and 3D CAD drawing software is used across industries to improve processes—from concept to handover.
Architects (US site) design, draft and model buildings with CAD drawing tools, taking their ideas from concept to a finalised construction document. CAD drawings take the place of manual hand drafting.
CAD drawings are used by construction professionals (US site) to understand plans and specs of a construction project. These drawings contain information such as floor plans and elevations that are drawn at scale.
Civil engineers use CAD drawings for civil engineering design and construction documents. CAD drawing tools bring automation and greater precision to the engineering design process.
Mechanical engineers use CAD drawings to model and communicate ideas before production. These models are then used for product design and manufacturing.
Featured CAD drawing apps and software
With AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT, you can create CAD drawings for buildings, structures and products in less time and with greater precision. Now, you can also work on the go with AutoCAD web and mobile apps.
AutoCAD web app
The new AutoCAD web app is included when you subscribe to AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT. With no installation required, you can extend your workflows and view and edit your CAD drawings quickly in your local web browser.
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