Learn about the benefits of using CAD software to create your next design.

What is CAD (Computer-Aided Design)?

CAD, or computer-aided design and drafting (CADD), is 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.

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Which professions use CAD software?

Autodesk 2D and 3D CAD software is used by engineering disciplines across all industries. Explore how various professionals use CAD tools to improve processes—from concept to handover.

  • Architects

    Design and draft with CAD tools developed specifically for architects. Take your ideas from conceptual design to construction documentation within a single software environment.

  • Building engineers

    BIM processes help structural engineers (US site), detailers, and fabricators improve structural documentation, minimize errors, and streamline collaboration across teams to accelerate fabrication.

  • Civil engineers

    BIM for enhanced civil engineering design and construction documentation. Use intelligent, connected workflows to help enhance predictability, productivity, and your bottom line.

  • Construction professionals

    Digitize your construction site and connect project information from design to construction and handover.