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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.

 

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GETTING STARTED WITH Cad

How to Install AutoCAD

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

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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.

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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!

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CAD SOFTWARE

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).

The Architecture, Engineering & Construction Collection includes Revit Software for building information modeling (BIM), AutoCAD for 2D and 3D CAD, Civil 3D for infrastructure and InfraWorks for geospatial.

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Autodesk Assemble enables construction professionals to condition, query, and connect BIM data to key workflows to reduce risk and improve efficiencies during project planning and execution.

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Construction management software for field execution and project management that empowers builders to seamlessly collaborate and deliver construction projects on time, on budget.

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Autodesk Revit software is built for Building Information Modeling (BIM), helping professionals design, build, and maintain higher-quality buildings.

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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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AutoCAD gives you seamless workflows, specialized industry toolsets, and new automations to help your productivity in 2D and 3D design. Work anywhere with included AutoCAD web and mobile apps.

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As of March 2018, new AutoCAD subscriptions include access to AutoCAD vertical product functionality & libraries. To find out more, check out AutoCAD

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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. The price includes Microsol Resources’ Unlimited Troubleshooting Technical Support.

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As of February 7, 2017, Autodesk will no longer be selling AutoCAD Utility Design (AUD). Consider moving to AutoCAD, now including specialized toolsets.

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Autodesk Advance Steel detailing software gives structural engineers and detailers a large library of intelligent parametric structural elements, steel connections, and plates.

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Autodesk BIM 360 Plan is construction project planning software that helps prevent delays, reduces project waste and enables accountability.

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As of April 9, 2018, Autodesk will no longer offer new subscriptions to BIM 360 Team. BIM 360 Team subscribers will have access to the new BIM 360 platform.

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As of June 7, 2021 Dynamo Studio will no longer be available for purchase will be removed from the Autodesk AEC Collection. Dynamo functionality will continue in current tools such as Revit, Civil 3D, and more.

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Fabrication CADmep uses manufacturer-specific content to create more accurate detailed models, generate better estimates, and help drive MEP fabrication.

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Fabrication CAMduct uses manufacturer-specific content to create more accurate detailed models, generate better estimates, and help drive MEP fabrication.

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With FormIt® architectural modeling software, architects can sketch, collaborate, analyze, and revise early-stage design concepts.

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Navisworks Manage is a comprehensive project review solution that supports coordination, analysis, and communication of design intent and constructability.

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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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From engineering to production, the Product Design & Manufacturing Collection has all the professional-grade tools needed to help your entire team carry out their best work.

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Use Autodesk ReCap Pro 3D scanning software to create 3D models from imported photographs and laser scans.

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Robot™ Structural Analysis Professional software provides engineers with advanced BIM-integrated analysis and design tools to understand the behavior of any structure type and verify code compliance.

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Autodesk Takeoff empowers estimators to create competitive bids faster by performing more accurate 2D takeoffs and generating automatic quantities from 3D models within a single takeoff solution.

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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.

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Autodesk Navisworks Simulate software provides advanced tools for 5D simulation and powerful features to help users better communicate project information.

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Bluebeam Revu CAD is the solution designed specifically for CAD users that includes smart plugins for 2D and 3D PDF creation.

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Bluebeam® Revu® eXtreme® is the robust solution built for power users who want to automate complex processes and push the limits of document collaboration.

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Bluebeam Revu® eXtreme® Open Licensing is a cloud-based floating license system allowing companies to authorize user access to all of the features in Revu eXtreme

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CADLearning helps Autodesk users identify and fill skills and knowledge gaps, improve performance, and save time and resources by providing product support to maximize performance.

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An intuitive and easy to use add-in for Autodesk Revit that enables architects to design energy efficient building façades to comply with building regulations and required performance, without compromising the aesthetic of the façade.

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With Ideate BIMLink, you can pull information from a Revit file into user-friendly Microsoft Excel and push volumes of precise, consequential BIM data from Excel into Revit with speed, ease, and accuracy.

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Automatically search for, filter, quantify, index, and select any and all elements in the current view or entire Revit file.

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M-Color is a presentation plotting software for AutoCAD users who need to develop high-quality plots of their CAD designs.

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This new McNeel Rhinoceros 7 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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Cad TRAINING

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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Cad SERVICES

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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