CAD design software is used in almost every industry, in projects as wide-ranging as landscape design, bridge construction, office building design, and movie animation. With 2D or 3D CAD programs, you can perform a variety of tasks: you can create a 3D model of a design, apply material and light effects, and document the design with dimensions and other annotations.
Autodesk’s BIM software can help design and engineering teams, contractors, and owners create and manage building projects faster, more economically, and with less environmental impact. Learn more about BIM for building design and engineering (US site).
Autodesk uses BIM, an intelligent model-based process that can help owners and service providers achieve better business results by enabling more accurate, accessible, and actionable insight throughout a project’s lifecycle. Learn more about BIM for infrastructure (US site).
Our Digital Prototyping tools such as Inventor and Product Design & Manufacturing Collection help designers and engineers design, visualize, and simulate complete products, before they’re built. Digital Prototyping helps reduce reliance on physical prototypes and get more innovative products to market faster.
CAD design systems in 2D and 3D are used to visually draft plant or factory layout designs. Digital Prototyping tools such as Inventor help you create, document, and share designs, while AutoCAD P&ID (US site) helps you create and manage piping and instrumentation diagrams.
Create compelling visual effects for films, games, or television shows with CAD design programs. Maya 3D animation software and 3ds Max modeling and animation software enable you to create sophisticated effects, design innovative experiences, and improve production efficiency. Learn more about CAD for the games (US site) and film and television (US site) industries.
Autodesk electrical design and electrical control design software addresses the specific workflows for electrical controls systems designers. AutoCAD Electrical (US site) software provides a complete set of electrical CAD features, a comprehensive symbols library, and tools for automating tasks. Inventor helps you integrate electrical designs into a full digital prototype, giving electrical engineers and mechanical engineers the flexibility to smoothly share data and collaborate on full systems design integration.
Free software for students & educators
We offer free Autodesk software for students and educators. Use the same 2D drafting and drawing software as top professionals around the world.