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2D and 3D CAD drafting software

Overview

Summary

Power your teams’ creativity with automation, collaboration, and machine-learning features of AutoCAD® software. Architects, engineers, and construction professionals use AutoCAD to:

  • Design and annotate 2D geometry and 3D models with solids, surfaces, and mesh objects
  • Automate tasks such as comparing drawings, counting objects, adding blocks, creating schedules, and more
  • Create a customized workspace to maximize productivity with add-on apps and APIs
System requirements:
AutoCAD 2024 family of products overview (video: 1:34 min.)

Why use AutoCAD?

Accelerate designs in 2D or 3D
Complete your projects faster with AutoCAD’s automations and customizations.
Collab. across teams & devices
Share and annotate drawings safely and securely across desktop, web, or mobile devices.
Ensure fidelity and compatibility
Only Autodesk has TrustedDWG® technology to ensure fidelity and compatibility for your DWGs.

Included Toolsets

Studies cited by Autodesk have shown that customers increased productivity by 63% on average for tasks completed using a specialized toolset in AutoCAD.

Highlights

Here’s what you can do with AutoCAD.

Unlock more efficient workflows
The newest update in Autodesk AutoCAD increases collaboration and provides insights and automation designed to accelerate your work.
Work anywhere with AutoCAD
Enjoy a connected design experience across devices. Create, view, edit, and annotate drawings with AutoCAD on mobile or on any computer using AutoCAD on the web.
Customize and extend AutoCAD
Complete your work more quickly. Gain access to thousands of parts and additional features with industry-specific toolsets, APIs to automate common processes, and 1,000+ third-party apps.

What's New?

AutoCAD® software includes industry-specific toolsets; improved workflows across desktop, web, and mobile; and a regular array of new features.

Activity Insights

Stay connected with details of multi-user activities in a DWG file. Be informed of relevant file changes and access with an activity log. Activity Insights helps bridge information gaps in your collaborative AutoCAD workflows.

Smart Blocks: Replacement
Quickly find the blocks you need and replace one or more blocks via machine learning-based suggestions, recently used blocks, and manual substitute block selection.
Smart Blocks: Placement
Automatically place blocks in your drawing in the right position and scale based on where you’ve inserted the same ones thus far in your DWG file, reducing the number of clicks required and saving you time in the process.
Markup Import and Assist

Rapidly send and incorporate design feedback. Import feedback from printed paper via mobile or PDFs and add changes to your drawings automatically. Machine learning detects and executes certain instructions in markup text.

Web Functionality
AutoCAD subscribers receive exclusive additional functionality in AutoCAD on the web, including AutoLISP API on the web and batch plot to PDF(s).

Extend AutoCAD with the AEC Collection

The AEC Collection provides designers, engineers, and contractors a set of BIM and CAD tools supported by a cloud-based common data environment that facilitates project delivery from early-stage design through to construction.

From design to construction
Integrated workflows from design to construction in the AEC Collection (video: 3:42 min.)
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Extend AutoCAD with the PDM Collection

The Product Design & Manufacturing Collection helps engineers tackle their most ambitious projects with a powerful set of applications that extend the capabilities of AutoCAD and Inventor for end-to-end product development and facility layout.

Product design
Integrate electromechanical models, conceptualize designs, and speed up the creation of manufacturing documentation. (video: 1:38 min.).
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Collaboration

Cloud and mobility

The Micrographics Advantage

We don’t just sell software, we are technical experts who understand your industry. We can help you:

Integrate Business Systems

We develop data sharing solutions to improve and speed up the communication between CAD & business management technologies.

Optimize Business Processes

We do unique assessments of our clients, enabling them to address workflow challenges, identify opportunities & achieve objectives.

Leverage the Power of BIM

By understanding BIM philosophies we can develop & implement BIM solutions for any project or establish BIM standards for any company.

Have Questions About Complex Applications?

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AutoCAD Windows OS

System Requirements including for Toolsets

Operating System

64-bit Microsoft® Windows® 11 and Windows 10 version 1809 or above.

Processor

Basic: 2.5–2.9 GHz processor (base) ARM Processors are not supported.
Recommended: 3+ GHz processor (base), 4+ GHz (turbo)

Memory

Basic: 8 GB
Recommended: 32 GB

Display Resolution

Conventional Displays:
1920 x 1080 with True Color

High Resolution & 4K Displays:
Resolutions up to 3840 x 2160 (with “Recommended” display card)

Display Card

Basic: 2 GB GPU with 29 GB/s Bandwidth and DirectX 11 compliant
Recommended: 8 GB GPU with 106 GB/s Bandwidth and DirectX 12 compliant

Disk space

10.0 GB (suggested SSD)

Pointing Device

MS-Mouse compliant

.NET Framework

.NET Framework version 4.8 or later

Additional Requirements for large datasets, point clouds, and 3D modeling

Memory

16 GB RAM or more

Disk Space

6 GB free hard disk available, not including installation requirements

Display Card

3840 x 2160 (4K) or greater True Color video display adapter; 12GB VRAM or greater; Pixel Shader 3.0 or greater; DirectX-capable workstation class graphics card.

Additional Requirements for Specialized Toolsets

AutoCAD Map 3D

Disk Space: 20GB
Memory: 16GB
Database & FDO Requirements

AutoCAD Electrical

Disk Space: 20GB
Microsoft Access Database Engine 2016 Redistributable (x64) (16.0.5044.1000) or later

AutoCAD Architecture

Disk Space: 20GB
Memory: 16GB

AutoCAD MEP

Disk Space: 21GB
Memory: 16GB

AutoCAD Plant 3D

Disk Space: 12GB
Memory (recommended for 3D modeling): 32GB

AutoCAD Mechanical

Disk Space: 12GB

AutoCAD Raster Design

Disk Space: 1GB

AutoCAD Mac OS

System Requirements

Operating System

Apple® macOS® Ventura v13
Apple® macOS® Monterey v12
Apple macOS Big Sur v11

Model

Basic: Apple Mac® computers compatible with macOS Big Sur or above

Recommended: Apple Mac models supporting Metal Graphics Engine

CPU Type

64-bit Intel CPU
Apple M series CPU

Memory