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CAD Design

CAD design software

CAD design software is used in almost every industry, in projects as wide-ranging as landscape design, bridge construction, office building design, and movie animation. With 2D or 3D CAD programs, you can perform a variety of tasks: you can create a 3D model of a design, apply material and light effects, and document the design with dimensions and other annotations.

Since the introduction of AutoCAD software in 1982, Autodesk has been a leader in developing CAD design software. We have helped define what CAD can do through Digital Prototyping (US site) and Building Information Modeling (BIM) (US Site) software, which enable extended teams to explore their projects’ key physical and functional characteristics digitally, before the projects are built. Find the right CAD design tool (US Site) for your needs.

Building Design

CAD design software is used from concept through completion by professionals working in architecture (US Site), construction (US Site), MEP engineering (US Site) and structural engineering (US Site) and by building owners, operators and managers (US Site). Industry-specific AutoCAD applications and Revit-based software offer specialized tools for building design processes, while Architecture, Engineering & Construction Collection unites these products, plus additional software and services, in one convenient portfolio.

Autodesk’s BIM software can help design and engineering teams, contractors, and owners create and manage building projects faster, more economically, and with less environmental impact. Learn more about BIM for building design and engineering (US Site).

Infrastructure design

CAD design tools such as AutoCAD Civil 3D and InfraWorks (US Site) software are used to create intelligent 3D models and engineering drawings for land development (US Site), transportation (US Site), utilities and telecom (US Site), and water and wastewater projects. AutoCAD Civil 3D and InfraWorks, plus additional software and services, are available in Architecture, Engineering & Construction Collection.

Autodesk uses BIM, an intelligent model-based process that can help owners and service providers achieve better business results by enabling more accurate, accessible, and actionable insight throughout a project’s lifecycle. Learn more about BIM for infrastructure (US Site).

Product design

CAD design software is used throughout the product development cycle. From concept to manufacturing, Autodesk software is used to create consumer products (US Site), industrial machinery (US Site), and building products and equipment (US Site). Our CAD design software is also used in complex designs for the automotive (US Site) industry.

Our Digital Prototyping tools such as Inventor (US Site) and Product Design & Manufacturing Collection help designers and engineers design, visualize, and simulate complete products, before they’re built. Digital Prototyping helps reduce reliance on physical prototypes and get more innovative products to market faster.

Manufacturing design

CAD design systems in 2D and 3D are used to visually draft plant or factory layout designs. Digital Prototyping tools such as Inventor help you create, document, and share designs, while AutoCAD P&ID (US Site) helps you create and manage piping and instrumentation diagrams.

Animation design

Create compelling visual effects for films, games, or television shows with CAD design programs. Maya 3D animation software and 3ds Max modeling and animation software enable you to create sophisticated effects, design innovative experiences, and improve production efficiency. Learn more about CAD for the games (US Site) and film and television (US Site) industries.

Electrical design

Autodesk electrical design and electrical control design software addresses the specific workflows for electrical controls systems designers. AutoCAD Electrical (US Site) software provides a complete set of electrical CAD features, a comprehensive symbols library, and tools for automating tasks. Inventor helps you integrate electrical designs into a full digital prototype, giving electrical engineers and mechanical engineers the flexibility to smoothly share data and collaborate on full systems design integration.

Free software for students & educators

We offer free Autodesk software for students and educators. Use the same 2D drafting and drawing software as top professionals around the world.

Free software for nonprofits

Are you a nonprofit or entrepreneur working to create positive impact through design? Learn more about our Technology Impact Program and see if you qualify for free design and engineering software.