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2D to 3D

Transform your 2D ideas and designs into 3D digital prototypes with Autodesk® software. Autodesk software not only enables you to digitally design, visualize, and simulate your most complex ideas, it also eases the transition from 2D to 3D design and engineering processes. This way, designers can accelerate their concepts and precisely visualize their projects and products virtually, reducing the need for costly physical prototypes and speeding innovative products to market.

With Autodesk software, a single 3D model containing all design data can be shared across multidiscipline teams of designers and engineers as product development proceeds, assisting with:

  • Consistency
  • Communication
  • Error reduction
  • Streamlined design process

Autodesk 3D design and modeling software solutions enhance efficiency and productivity of the design process by enabling professionals across a variety of industries to digitally build their ideas. The ability to visualize and test designs under real-world conditions, all within a single, intelligent, and updatable 3D model, enables exploration of complete projects and products before they incur the costs of building physical prototypes or beginning construction.

From architects, engineers, and designers to visual effects artists, game developers, and 3D animators, Autodesk 3D design and modeling software helps design professionals move their designs from 2D to 3D, transforming ideas from concepts to realistic simulations to precise plans for production.

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NOAA Research Facility—Autodesk BIM solutions help design team surpass goals on stimulus-funded oceanographic research facility.

When design changes were necessary, the architects and engineers could implement them more rapidly. “For example, very late in the game, Revit Structure helped us to completely revamp some framing systems in very short order,” says Reeder. “We could not have done that using a traditional 2D approach. Revit Structure was extremely valuable.”

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Marin Bikes—The designers at Marin Bikes are constantly striving to build bikes that are unique, strong, and able to differentiate themselves both in the riding experience and on the sales floor.

"The reason we chose Inventor is because it's a continuation of the AutoCAD software we had learned in college," explains Faircloth. "As we started to move from a 2D environment to a 3D environment, it seemed to be the path of least resistance because we understood AutoCAD. Picking up Inventor happened quickly as a result." In addition, they were able to leverage all of their legacy 2D data because Autodesk Inventor software reads and writes DWG™ files natively with full visual fidelity—and without the need for translators."

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Featured 2D to 3D Software

Autodesk Inventor 2D to 3D Software  

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Autodesk® Inventor® software takes you beyond 3D to Digital Prototyping by enabling you to design, visualize, and simulate your products.
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AutoCAD 2D to 3D software  

Design and shape the world around you with AutoCAD® software, one of the world's leading 2D and 3D design platforms.
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2D to 3D Software AutoCAD Inventor LT Suite  

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The AutoCAD® Inventor LT™ Suite delivers AutoCAD LT® and Autodesk® Inventor LT™ software providing a cost-effective way to introduce 3D mechanical CAD into your 2D workflows.
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Autodesk 123D Modeling Software  

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Get ready to make something. For people who want to make things themselves, Autodesk® 123D is free 3D modeling design software integrated with content and fabrication services.
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