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3D modelling and drawing

While there are similarities between 3D drawing and 3D modelling, there are also differences. Learn more about these differences below.

What is 3D drawing?

3D drawing is one of the most commonly used techniques by architects, civil construction professionals and graphic designers. It allows builders to tackle the geometric elements of height, width and depth in their 3D projects. These projections rely on visual perspective and aspect analysis to project a complex object for viewing capability on a simpler plane.

What is a 3D modelling?

3D modelling (US site) is a technique in computer graphics for producing a 3D digital representation of any object or surface. An engineer or designer uses special software to manipulate points in virtual space (called vertexes) to form a mesh: a collection of vertexes that form an object.

What’s the difference between 3D modelling and 3D drawing?

While 2D drawing only shows length and width, 3D projects also show volume and depth in a project. Modelling three-dimensional solid features often begins with creating a two-dimensional sketch that defines a portion of the shape of your part. Sketching involves the creation of lines, arcs, circles and dimensions.

Autodesk offers numerous software platforms for 3D drawing, including AutoCAD, Fusion 360 and Inventor.

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See how customers are using 3D drawing software


    Breaking the battery barrier

    Electric motorcycle builders out-raced the petrol-powered competition with a superbike developed with generative design and 3D printed prototypes

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    Designing from the (under)ground up

    Manufacturer of heavy-duty electric vehicles for mining streamlines design and manufacturing with Autodesk Inventor and Vault

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    Driving mobility innovation with generative design

    Hyundai Motor Group’s New Horizons Studio is pushing the boundaries of vehicle design with a walking car concept

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3D drawing tutorials for beginners

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    Learn everything you need to make 3D drawings for your projects and get the latest news and information about our software.


    Have questions on how to create projects? Learn the basics to begin working with our tools and learn more about this software created specifically for BIM (US site).


    Whether you are getting to know Inventor or are an experienced 3D CAD user, take a look at tutorials to see how you can make our software work for you.

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FAQs on 3D drawing

Below you’ll find answers to the questions we get asked the most about 3D drawing and Autodesk’s software.

DWG is the proprietary native file format for AutoCAD and is a compact binary format that shops and describes the content of 2D and 3D design data and metadata.

Autodesk makes 3D drawing software available for several industries, including architecture, interior design and landscape design, as well as mockup software for product ideas.

Autodesk’s flagship application for 3D drawing is AutoCAD, but the company also offers Inventor, Revit, 3Ds Max, Fusion 360 and Sketchbook.

Autodesk’s Fusion 360 for iPad and iPhone allows you to collaborate on 3D designs with anyone inside or outside your company. With the Fusion 360 app, you have the flexibility to view and collaborate on your CAD models any time, anywhere.

Building Information Modelling (US site) (BIM) is an intelligent 3D model-based process that gives architecture, engineering and construction professionals the insight and tools to efficiently plan, design, construct and manage buildings and infrastructure.

AutoCAD has replaced the traditional method of drafting and designing (which was made by pencil, drafting boards, triangles and compass) with computer software. The benefits are myriad and include saving time, increasing productivity, streamlining your design and documentation workflow, and much more.

Autodesk's Fusion 360 is available as a web app on Chromebooks for students with an Autodesk account and an educational subscription.  With the Chromebook software for 3D drawing, you can unify design, engineering, electronics and manufacturing into a single, cloud-based software platform.