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Inspired by AutoCAD

Inspired by our past, engineered for the future

With millions of users over more than 30 years, AutoCAD is proud to be the software of choice for many of the world’s cutting-edge architects, designers, and engineers. From a tower in Shanghai to the table in your living room, innovators use AutoCAD to create the world around us, and we want to help you join them. Be inspired, find the right AutoCAD for your needs, explore exciting new features, and learn about the benefits of subscription – all right here. Design your own future with AutoCAD.

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  • CAD Innovation Over the Years

    You could say that CAD started with a mistake in a laboratory in 1860s France. Fast-forward to today and the possibilities of CAD are endless. This short, animated video takes you through the history of CAD from blueprints to a virtual design horizon.

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  • AutoCAD, Behind the Scenes

    AutoCAD users have a lot to say about the software and our dedicated team of product developers listens! This exclusive video takes you into the hearts and minds of the Autodesk team who use your feedback to improve every release of AutoCAD.

  • Blue (and Green, and Violet) Prints

    Layer colours just got a lot more interesting. Relax, take a break, and get inspired with the AutoCAD Colouring Book.

Take a Closer Look

Whether you’re considering AutoCAD for the first time or use it as part of your everyday workflow, we have information specific to you. Check out this special collection of tips, resources, and simplified guidelines to help you get up and running with your AutoCAD product.

  • Brothers Use AutoCAD for Cycling Startup

    Identical twin brothers Jon and Chris Thornham both pursued mechanical engineering careers with AutoCAD. Then they started an entirely new business designing rims and wheels for bikes.

  • Lighting Up a Las Vegas Club with AutoCAD

    Towering four stories above the Omnia nightclub dancefloor, where it bathes in beams of rainbow light, the chandelier is a model of “kinetic architecture,” where the rings rise, fall, tilt, and tip in sync with the light and music.

  • Chefitect Cooks Up Recipes With AutoCAD

    Lillian Lin, a trained architect, was inspired to start diagramming recipes in AutoCAD that could be easily and universally understood by everyone.

  • Benjamin Pratt: AutoCAD Artist

    Every painting Benjamin creates begins in AutoCAD.

  • Frank Lloyd Wright Lost Projects Reborn

    Spanish architect David Romero creates 3D renderings of unbuilt and destroyed Frank Lloyd Wright buildings. See how he uses AutoCAD to bring history back to life in amazing detail.

  • Top Ways to Customize AutoCAD

    You’ve worked hard to customize your AutoCAD and now a new version comes along and you have to start over, right? Not with these quick and easy tips on customizing your AutoCAD.

  • The Best Of Lynn Allen’s Tips and Tricks

    For over 10 years, popular Autodesk technical evangelist Lynn Allen has issued an annual collection of her favorite tips and tricks in AutoCAD. This year we’ve pulled together the “best of” those tips in an exclusive eBook.

  • Hitchhiker’s Guide to AutoCAD Basics

    Where do I start? I can’t remember that command! Sound familiar? This guide provides all the basic commands you need to quickly create 2D drawing in AutoCAD or LT.

  • AutoCAD Shortcuts Guide

    Alphabetically organized keyboard shortcuts. Toggles & screen management. Printable keyboard stickers. What could be easier?

Learn about our customers

  • AutoCAD Brings Business Back From Ashes

    High-end handbag designer Wendy Stevens used to create her metal templates from scratch. After a devastating fire wiped out her career’s work, she learned AutoCAD LT, recreated her designs, and discovered a new way to approach her craft.

  • Designing for a Day in the Sun

    Alex Anderson lost her sunglasses – and started a company. Find out how she uses AutoCAD to design high fashion, affordable sunglasses.

  • Staging a Scene with AutoCAD

    Go behind the scenes of London’s National Theatre with Oli Cooper as he uses AutoCAD to design and construct stage sets.

  • Piping designer gets creative with T-Shirts

    For Bobby Gilbert’s day job as a senior piping designer, AutoCAD is central to his work. But when he wanted to get back to his artistic roots and begin designing t-shirts, he decided to incorporate AutoCAD as part of the process.

  • Greening the City with AutoCAD

    Junfeng Shi’s dream was to bring gardens to China’s urban centers. AutoCAD enabled him to make it a reality.

  • From CAD Kid to CADult

    Briana Brubaker started working with AutoCAD when she was a kid. Discover why she ended up coming back to it after getting her Master’s.

  • Sustainable Engineering in Wine Country

    Andy Souza of TEP Engineering has been using AutoCAD to create sustainable infrastructure in Northern California’s famed Wine Country for over a decade.

  • Designing a dream ride with AutoCAD

    With their use of AutoCAD, Karmic Bikes went from an idea to a 95 percent complete prototype within six months.

  • Wagemaker Installs Overpass in Four Days

    A Civil engineering firm in the Netherlands relied on AutoCAD Civil 3D and Revit for the design and visualization of a railroad overpass. After the experience, it’s now always 3D for every project.

  • TDIndustries Puts PDFs to the Test

    Learn how TDIndustries has streamlined their workflow with one of AutoCAD's most exciting and useful features: PDF Import.

  • AutoCAD Makes a Big Impact on a Tiny House

    When Brent Kerr started studying drafting, the tiny house movement didn’t exist. Now, as a teacher, he’s using AutoCAD to help his students join the growing ranks of tiny home revolutionaries.

  • Firm Adopts 3D to Avoid Second Place

    Civil engineering firm Commonwealth Engineers lost a huge deal—all because they weren’t using 3D. Here’s how they moved to 3D in order to stay competitive.

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    Remaking a Library With AutoCAD Mobile

    A week’s worth of documentation work gets cut down to just four hours–thanks to AutoCAD mobile.

  • From IT to Interior Design with AutoCAD

    Discover how one woman left behind her technology career to pursue a lifelong dream of interior design—all thanks to AutoCAD.

  • Fuso Co.: Thinking Smart About Water

    Fuso Co.: Thinking Smart About Water

    For over 15 years, Japanese waterworks company Fuso Co. have been using AutoCAD products in every step of their process, helping them achieve their aim of “Thinking smart about water”.

  • Designing guitars and a new career with AutoCAD

    Red Layer Guitars founder Jort Heijen found a way make his lifelong passion a career with AutoCAD.

  • Design Time: Watches of Switzerland

    See why a leading architecture firm chose AutoCAD to design one of the world’s largest watch stores. From design firm to elevator manufacturer and other consultants in between, read how this unrivaled emporium came together through the use of AutoCAD.

Compare 2D and 3D AutoCAD products

AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT? Which is better for my 2D drawings? How can I convince my boss to invest in AutoCAD? You’ve got questions, we’ve got the tools and information to help you get answers. See how Autodesk’s most popular products stack up against each other here.

  • Which software to use? Let ROI decide.

    So many software options, and so many costs and benefits. How do you decide? How do you convince management to invest? This insightful article by CAD Industry Expert Robert Green shows you the nuts and bolts of calculating ROI and building a case for your software choice.

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    See how the latest release of AutoCAD stacks up against previous releases.

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    Compare the latest release of AutoCAD LT with previous releases.

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  • Choosing the right CAD software.

    Trying to identify which CAD software is right for your business? This simple guide shows how AutoCAD compares to competitor products. Plus, get time & money saving tips.

  • Compare AutoCAD Products

    Find the right AutoCAD software with features designed for your specific professional purpose.

  • AutoCAD Untethered - Add Mobile to your CAD Workflow

    View, create, edit, and share DWG drawings on the go with the AutoCAD mobile app. Our app is included as part of your AutoCAD subscription.

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