CAD Software Defined
CAD, also known as computer-aided design and drafting (CADD), is the use of computer technology for the process of design and design-documentation. CAD software is a type of computer program that replaces tedious manual drafting with an automated process. If you work in architecture, mechanical or engineering fields you have probably worked with CAD software. This software can help you explore design ideas, visualize concepts through animations and photorealistic renderings, and simulate how a design will perform in the real world. AutoCAD® software was the first and most widely used CAD software.
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CAD Software Program Features
CAD software has different features depending on which design process is being used. One version provides features for two-dimensional (2D) vector-based graphics, and the other version is for three-dimensional (3D) modeling of solid surfaces. Three-dimensional CAD programs enable designers to apply multiple light sources, to rotate object in three dimensions and enables the designs to be rendered from any angle.
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Autodesk’s CAD Software Applications
There is an extensive range of applications using CAD programs. For instance, CAD software from Autodesk, has been used in the design of automobiles, ships, bicycles and prosthetics as well as in photo simulations, visual effects, and computer animation in leading films. To accommodate the needs of building, civil engineering, manufacturing or plant design industries, Autodesk offers a CAD software built for such industries. These include:
- Autodesk® AutoCAD® Architecture
- Autodesk® AutoCAD® Electrical
- Autodesk® AutoCAD® Mechanical
- Autodesk® AutoCAD® MEP
- Autodesk® AutoCAD® P&ID
Autodesk's CAD software is available for PC and Mac-compatible formats and is available as part of a suites offering for the needs in building design, product design, entertainment creation, and more.