CAD Software

CAD, or computer-aided design and drafting (CADD), is a technology for design and technical documentation, which replaces manual drafting with an automated process.

If you’re a designer, drafter, architect, or engineer, you’ve probably used 2D or 3D CAD programs such as AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT software.

These widely used software programs can help you draft construction documentation, explore design ideas, visualize concepts through photorealistic renderings, and simulate how a design performs in the real world.

What is CAD?

Architects, engineers, and designers rely on Autodesk AutoCAD to work smarter. Subscribe to AutoCAD to access seamless workflows, specialized industry toolsets, and new automation to help you achieve the ultimate productivity in 2D and 3D design.

Get powerhouse performance, visualize Xref changes, enhanced Blocks capabilities, and version control to take your designs to the next level. When you’re not in the office, stay connected to your work with the included AutoCAD web and mobile apps to design anytime, anywhere, on any device.





How to Install AutoCAD

Check out this tutorials for installing AutoCAD on both Windows and Mac


Which AutoCAD is right for you?

Choose the right AutoCAD that fits your business. Compare and contrast the different AutoCAD products, or check out this comparison chart.


AutoCAD vs. Revit – Know the Differences

Each case is different, but hopefully with this article you will be able to determine which tool is right for you!



Explore the various CAD tools to improve processes—from concept to handover. There are 2D or 3D CAD programs such as AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT software, and a bundled package in Architecture, Engineering & Construction Collection which includes AutoCAD for 2D and 3D CAD and Revit Software for building information modeling (BIM).

  • AutoCAD is computer-aided design (CAD) software that architects, engineers, and construction professionals rely on to create precise 2D and 3D drawings.
  • Design and annotate 2D geometry and 3D models with solids, surfaces, and mesh objects
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The AEC Collection includes:

  • Revit for building information modeling (BIM)
  • AutoCAD for 2D
  • 3D CAD
  • Civil 3D for infrastructure
  • InfraWorks for geospatial
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  • Autodesk Revit software is built for Building Information Modeling (BIM)
  • This software is designed to help professionals design, build, and maintain higher-quality buildings.
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  • BIM Collaborate cloud-based design collaboration and coordination software connects AEC teams, helping you execute on design intent and deliver high-quality constructible models on a single platform.
  • Speed up design and coordination workflows with simple automation, end-to-end communications, and widespread accountability, all from a single source of truth
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  • BIM Collaborate Pro, formerly known as BIM 360 Design, adds cloud collaboration capabilities for model co-authoring.
  • Connect project teams and data with cloud-based BIM Collaborate Pro to create better value for your clients and maintain a competitive advantage.
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  • Autodesk AutoCAD LT is the smart choice for powerful 2D CAD software.
  • Get work done faster anytime, anywhere, with the included AutoCAD web and mobile apps.
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  • Create higher-quality designs and documentation with Revit LT, while using familiar drafting tools of AutoCAD LT software.
  • Transition to Building Information Modeling (BIM) with Autodesk AutoCAD Revit LT Suite.
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  • AutoCAD Web is used to access core AutoCAD commands for light editing, generating fundamental designs, and collaborating with others.
  • Additionally, you can change notes and markups without altering an existing desktop drawing, and access CAD files in the cloud.
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  • Advance Steel is a 3D modeling software built to help structural engineers, detailers, and fabricators.
  • It creates information-rich building models that can help drive the fabrication of steel components.
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  • Fabrication CADmep uses manufacturer-specific content to create more accurate detailed models, generate better estimates, and help drive MEP fabrication.
  • Create fabrication-ready models of piping, plumbing, or ductwork systems in AutoCAD using CADmep.
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  • Fabrication CAMduct uses manufacturer-specific content to create more accurate detailed models.
  • It also generates better estimates, and help drive MEP fabrication.
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  • Produce more accurate estimates for MEP building system projects throughout detailing, fabrication, and installation.
  • Use Fabrication ESTmep™ software to gain insight into project costs and generate competitive bids.
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  • Autodesk Forma (formerly Spacemaker) digitizes project planning with conceptual design, predictive analytics, and automation.
  • It helps planning and design teams deliver projects digitally from day one and predictive analytics, and automation to make solid foundations for your projects
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  • Autodesk Navisworks is a 3D model review software for the architecture, engineering, and construction industries.
  • It is a comprehensive project review solution that supports coordination, analysis, and communication of design intent and constructability.
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  • Autodesk Navisworks Simulate software provides advanced tools for 5D simulation.
  • It also provides powerful features to help users better communicate project information.
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  • Point Layout software helps contractors and subcontractors bring model accuracy to the field.
  • Connect models to layout and quality workflows.
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  • Use ReCap™ Pro 3D scanning software to transform the physical world into a digital asset.
  • With reality capture data you can better understand and verify existing and as-built conditions to gain insights and make better decisions.
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  • Autodesk Takeoff empowers estimators to create competitive bids faster.
  • Win more work performing more accurate 2D takeoffs and generating automatic quantities from 3D models within a single takeoff solution.
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  • Rhino is the most powerful NURBS 3D CAD Industrial Design and modeling tool, now including Rhino.Inside.Revit.
  • This new McNeel Rhinoceros 8 can create, edit, analyze, document, render animate, translate NURBS (Non-Uniform Rational B-Splines), curves, surfaces, solids, point clouds, and polygon meshes.
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Microsol Resources offers training and support as you learn the software. Our CAD training gets you up to speed with premier drafting programs, such as AutoCAD. We are offering a variety of training options from in-person to live online training, and on-demand training to give you the flexibility you need for your ongoing professional development.

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Our CAD services allow you to understand which of the diverse technologies and workflows are best suited to provide you with the knowledge, proficiency, and resources to traverse any technical challenge.

How can we help? From setting standards development to staff training ⁠— we can leverage the industry’s best practices to assist you for a smooth start, optimal performance, and profitable finish to all your projects.

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What is the difference between AutoCAD and the Architecture, Engineering & Construction Collection?

Autodesk introduced industry collections including the Architecture, Engineering & Construction Collection as a way to provide designers, engineers, and contractors a set of BIM and CAD tools that support projects from early-stage design through to construction.

By bundling the most essential Autodesk software and services in one package with the choice of annual or three-year subscriptions, Autodesk now provides its customers with a better value for their subscription, which makes it easier for teams to implement the different workflows – from design to construction.

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