Introduction to AutoCAD

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Introduction to AutoCAD

AutoCAD is a 2D drafting and 3D modeling software.

The name comprises of two words, Auto, and CAD.
Auto‘ represents the developers of the software i.e. Autodesk and CAD stands for Computer Aided Design.

Computer-Aided Design

The software helps in creating 2D and 3D entities or objects using processing power and speed of a computer.
CAD Software is used by those who need precise drawing and technical illustration. For Example, draftsmen, engineers, architects, and others.

Prior to the launch of any CAD software, people use to manually draw the layouts and plans.
Any error in the drawing caused a lot of waste of energy and time.
To simplify the work and save time CAD was introduce.
Modification to drawings before CAD meant re-drawing.

The advantage of CAD over Manual Drafting

  1. Highly accurate.
  2. Saves time.
  3. Effective in storing a large amount of DATA.
  4. Easy to modify and edit files.
  5. Creating shapes and geometries is easy.

Universities around the world realized the importance of CAD to students in Professional fields like Engineering and Architecture, so that made it as a mandatory subject.
Not all colleges are able to teach this software completely. Students are just introduced to basic features of this software. All the advanced functions are not introduced.

Did you know that you can load a file partially in AutoCAD?
This is useful when you have clients from different disciplines of work and you want to show only the information relevant to them.

Did you know that there exists a multiline function to draw multiple lines at once?
Drawing walls while creating plans, drawing road maps or railway tracks can be time-consuming. But with Multiline Function, drawing can be finished quicker.

In the following series of blogs, we will learn each function, their uses, keyboard shortcuts to improve our efficiency at work.

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