AutoCAD with specialised toolsets

CAD software to design anything – now with time-saving specialised toolsets, web and mobile apps

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Better workflows. Boosted productivity.

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

Get powerhouse performance, visualise 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.

Built for the way you work. Built for the future.

Work faster with specialised toolsets

AutoCAD now includes industry-specific features and intelligent objects for architecture, mechanical engineering, electrical design, and more.

  • Automate floor plans, sections, and elevations
  • Draw piping, ducting, and circuiting quickly with parts libraries
  • Auto-generate annotations, layers, schedules, lists, and tables
  • Use a rules-driven workflow to accurately enforce industry standards

 

Architecture

  • 8,000+ intelligent architectural objects and styles specifically for architects.
  • Automate floorplans, sections, and elevations.
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Electrical

  • 65,000+ intelligent electrical symbols for electrical controls systems.
  • Boost productivity and quickly design panel layouts and schematic diagrams.
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Mechanical

  • 700,000+ intelligent manufacturing parts, features and symbols.
  • Automate generating machine components and creating bills of material.
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Plant 3D

  • Produce P&IDs & integrate into a 3D plant design model
  • Quickly create schematic diagrams, plant layouts, and other drawings with our 3D plant toolset
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Map 3D

  • Incorporate GIS and CAD data to support planning, design & data management.
  • Access spatial data stored in files, databases & web services.
  • Easily manage GIS data.
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MEP 

  • 10,500+ intelligent mechanical, electrical, and plumbing objects.
  • Design ductwork, electrical conduit, and circuiting for HVAC, plumbing, and electrical.
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Raster Design

  • Edit scanned drawings and convert raster images into DWG objects.
  • Edit, clean up and transform images, manipulate raster entities, and create vector shapes.
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Features

 

Extended workflows

  • AutoCAD web app – Create, edit and view CAD drawings from any device through the browser.
  • AutoCAD mobile app – Create, edit and view CAD drawings on your mobile device.
  • Save to web and mobile – Save drawings from your desktop to view and edit on the AutoCAD web and mobile apps, Xrefs included.
  • Shared views – Publish design views of your drawing in a web browser for viewing and commenting.

2D drafting, drawing, and annotation

  • Text settings – Create single or multiline text (mtext) as a single text object. Format the text, columns, and boundaries.
  • Smart dimensioning – Create dimensions automatically. Pass the cursor over selected objects to get a preview before you create it.
  • Leaders – Create leaders with a variety of content, including text or blocks. Easily format leader lines, and define styles.
  • Smart centerlines and center marks – Create and edit centerlines and center marks that automatically move when you move the associated objects.
  • Tables – Create tables with data & symbols in rows & columns, apply formulas, and link to a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet.
  • Revision clouds – Draw revision clouds around new changes in a drawing to quickly identify your updates.
  • Layouts – Specify the size of your drawing sheet, add a title block, and display multiple views of your model.
  • Layout viewports – Create layout viewports to display different elements of your design at varying scales.
  • Fields – Use fields in text objects to display text that can be updated automatically as the field value changes.
  • Data linking – Enable simultaneous updates by creating a live link between a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet and a table in your drawing.
  • Data extraction – Extract information from objects, blocks, and attributes, including drawing information.
  • Parametric constraints – Apply geometric and dimensional constraints to maintain relationships between drawing geometry.
  • Express tools – Extend the power of AutoCAD with a collection of productivity tools.

3D modeling and visualisation

  • Solid, surface, and mesh modeling – Create realistic 3D models of your design using a combination of solid, surface, and mesh modeling tools.
  • 3D navigation (orbit, ViewCube, wheel) – Use 3D viewing and navigation tools to orbit, swivel, walk, and fly around a 3D model to showcase your design.
  • Visual styles – Apply visual styles to control the display of edges, lighting, and shading of your 3D model.
  • Section planes – Create section planes to display cross-sectional views through solids, surfaces, meshes, or regions.
  • Photorealistic rendering – Apply lighting and materials to give your 3D models a realistic appearance and to help communicate your designs.
  • 3D scanning and point clouds – Attach point cloud files acquired by 3D laser scanners or other technologies to create 3D representations.
  • Base, projected, and section views – Generate 2D drawings including base, projected, section, and detail views from 3D models.
  • Print Studio – Print Studio provides the tools needed to prepare models for supported 3D printers and materials.

Collaboration

  • PDF and DGN import/export/underlay – Share and reuse data from PDF and DGN files by importing, exporting, or attaching them as underlays.
  • DWG and image references – Attach drawings and images to your current drawing as externally referenced files.
  • Sheet set manager – View, access, manage, and plot multiple drawings as sheet sets.
  • Reference Navisworks models – Attach and view Navisworks models as underlays to your AutoCAD drawings.
  • Import 3D models – Import maps, parts, and assemblies from applications including CATIA, SOLIDWORKS, and others.
  • Geographic location and online maps – Insert geographic location information into a drawing, and display a map in the drawing from an online map service.

Installation and customisation

  • TrustedDWG technology – TrustedDWG™ technology lets you know of a possible incompatibility when a file was not last saved by an Autodesk software.
  • Migration tool – Migrate your custom settings and files from previous releases.
  • CUI customisation – Customise the user interface to improve accessibility and reduce the number of steps for frequent tasks.
  • Secure load – Specify security restrictions for running executables in AutoCAD to help protect against malicious executable code.
  • Action recorder – Record commands and input values that can be played back as an action macro.
  • Multi-user (network) license sharing – Pool licenses on a server to reduce costs when not all licenses are in use at the same time.
  • Sysvar monitor – Monitor current system variables against a preferred list of values. Notification balloons alert you of deviations.
  • Tools for managing CAD standards – Define and monitor CAD standards to maintain consistent styles for layers, linetypes, text, and dimensions.
  • Application Programming Interface (API) – Control drawings and databases with ActiveX, VBS, AutoLisp, Visual LISP, ObjectARX, JavaScript, and .NET.
  • Autodesk App Store – Customize your software with Autodesk-approved extensions from the Autodesk App Store.
  • Autodesk desktop app – Get alerts and install software updates without disrupting your workflow. View tutorials about new features.
System requirements for AutoCAD 2021 including Specialized Toolsets (Windows)
Operating System 64-bit OS that follows Autodesk’s Product Support Lifecycle policy.
Processor Basic: 2.5–2.9 GHz processor
Recommended: 3+ GHz processor
Multiple processors: Supported by the application
Memory Basic: 8 GB
Recommended: 16 GB
Display Resolution Conventional Displays:
1920 x 1080 with True ColorHigh Resolution & 4K Displays:
Resolutions up to 3840 x 2160 supported on Windows 10, 64-bit systems (with capable display card)
Display Card Basic: 1 GB GPU with 29 GB/s Bandwidth and DirectX 11 compliant
Recommended: 4 GB GPU with 106 GB/s Bandwidth and DirectX 11 compliant
Disk Space 7.0 GB
Network Deployment via Deployment Wizard.

The license server and all workstations that will run applications dependent on network licensing must run TCP/IP protocol.

Either Microsoft® or Novell TCP/IP protocol stacks are acceptable. Primary login on workstations may be Netware or Windows.

In addition to operating systems supported for the application, the license server will run on Windows® Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2016, and Windows Server 2019 editions.

Pointing Device MS-Mouse compliant
.NET Framework .NET Framework version 4.8 or later

 

System requirements for AutoCAD for Mac 2020
Operating System Apple® macOS® Catalina v10.15

Apple macOS Mojave v10.14

Apple macOS High Sierra v10.13

Model Basic: Apple Mac Pro® 4.1, MacBook Pro® 5.1, iMac® 8.1, Mac mini® 3.1, MacBook Air® MacBook® 5.1

Recommended: Apple Mac® models supporting Metal Graphics Engine

CPU Type 64-bit Intel CPU
Recommended: Intel Core i7 or higher
Memory Basic: 4GB
Recommended: 8GB or higher
Display Resolution Basic: 1280 x 800 display
High Resolution: 2880 x 1800 with Retina Display
Disk Space 3 GB free disk space for download and installation
Pointing Device Apple-compliant Mouse, Apple-compliant Trackpad, Microsoft-compliant mouse
Display Card Recommended: Mac native installed graphics cards
Disk Format APFS, APFS(Encrypted), Mac OS Extended (Journaled), Mac OS Extended (Journaled, Encrypted)

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Autodesk Licensing Options

  • Single User: For individuals or small to medium businesses requiring a specific number of users
  • Multi User: For medium to large organizations requiring many users
  • Students & educators: Prepare the next generation of architects, engineers and digital artists

 

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Specialised Toolsets

Specialised toolsets for architecture, mechanical design, 3D mapping, and more are included with an AutoCAD subscription. The toolsets go beyond the general AutoCAD features, giving your customers industry-specific capabilities to:

  • Access libraries of 750,000+ symbols, parts, and detail components.
  • Automate floor plans, sections, elevations, and more.
  • Easily create details and views from 3D models, and generate schedules, lists, and tables.
  • Create rules-driven workflows.

AutoCAD Web & Mobile Apps

The AutoCAD web and mobile apps, included with an AutoCAD subscription, enable customers to access their drawings anytime, anywhere. Customers can:

  • View, edit, create, and share drawings from virtually any device.
  • Make assessments and changes in the field, reducing unnecessary trips back to the office.
  • Easily add blocks, manipulate layers, and take measurements on-the-go.
  • Always have the most up-to-date working file.

New Features & Enhancements

Drawing History

See changes made to your drawing over time. Get automatic insights by comparing previous versions right within the context of your current drawing. (See video: 2:16 min.)

Blocks Palette Enhancements

Stay connected to your block content — anytime, anywhere. Insert blocks efficiently from the Libraries tab on desktop or in the AutoCAD web app. (See video: 1:49 min.)

Xref Compare

Compare two versions of an external reference file (Xref) and implement changes without leaving your current drawing. (See video: 2:05 min.)

Graphics Performance Improvements

Pan, zoom, and orbit smoother and faster in real time with multi-core processors. Automatically perform regeneration operations.

Cloud Storage Connectivity

Seamlessly access any DWG file from leading cloud storage providers like Microsoft OneDrive, Box, Dropbox and now Google Drive.

Trim and Extend

Trim and Extend has become more streamlined — the default Quick mode now automatically selects all potential boundaries.

AutoLISP Enhancements

Edit and debug AutoLISP files with AutoCAD using the new extension for Microsoft Visual Studio Code. AutoLISP now fully supports Unicode characters.

Revcloud Enhancements

Change the arc size for any revision cloud with the new REVCLOUDPROPERTIES command.

Quick Measure Improvements

The Quick option of the MEASUREGEOM command now shows the calculated values for areas and perimeters in a 2D drawing. (See video: 37 sec.)

Break Objects at a Single Point

Separate a line, arc, or open polyline into two objects at a point you select, using the new BREAKATPOINT command.

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