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2D drawing and drafting

Autodesk has software for 2D drafting, 2D design and 2D drawing. Our most popular 2D software, AutoCAD LT, features an intuitive user interface, tools for collaboration and documentation, a web and mobile app and more.

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What's 2D drafting and drawing? Why 2D CAD software?

2D drafting and drawing is the process of creating and editing technical drawings, as well as annotating designs. Drafters use computer-aided design (CAD) software to develop floor plans, building permit drawings, building inspection plans and landscaping layouts.

CAD software for 2D drafting can be used to draft designs more quickly and with greater precision, without using stencils and technical drawing instruments. 2D CAD software also allows users to document and annotate drawings with text, dimensions, leaders and tables.

Featured 2D drafting and drawing software

AutoCAD LT 2D CAD software is the perfect solution for designers and drafters who want an easy-to-use tool for creating drawings faster and with more precision.

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Get started in 2D drafting with AutoCAD LT

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SketchBook is a drawing app for creative professionals. Create digital drawings on any device, wherever you're.

2d drafting and drawing resources

Get started with 2D drafting and drawing with these tutorials, guides, tips and tricks.

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  • What 2D drafting and drawing software does Autodesk offer?

    Autodesk offers a wide range of 2D drafting and drawing software packages. AutoCAD is the ideal workhorse and all-rounder for many purposes, while AutoCAD LT provides a cost-effective option for drafting and drawing. Civil 3D is ideal for civil engineering design and documentation, while sketchbook can be used to quickly jot down ideas and create illustrations.

  • What are the benefits of drafting in 2D?

    2D drafting makes it possible to quickly create designs and plans, with annotations, for a wide range of purposes.

  • In which industries is 2D CAD drafting drawing software typically used?

    2D drafting is used in many different industries, including architecture, electrical engineering, interior design, construction, industrial engineering and mechanical engineering.

  • What types of AutoCAD subscription are available?

    There are a number of different AutoCAD subscriptions available to suit your business. The standard plan is well-suited to small teams and individual users, while the premium plan is better for slightly larger businesses. If your team is particularly large, the Enterprise plan may suit your needs best.