AutoCAD is the best tool for engineers on the market
March 30, 2018

AutoCAD is the best tool for engineers on the market

Manuel Aguilar | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with AutoCAD

AutoCAD is one of the best tools that all engineers need to learn. In the engineering and architecture departments of our business it is used to create or modify all type of design plans or drawings. We have used it to create piping and instrumentation diagrams of several of the largest industrial oil processing plants, it is such a complete CAD tool that it can address any type of drawing problem.
  • Working in AutoCAD is more practical that creating drawings by hand, plus the plans are much more precise and it saves a lot of time.
  • AutoCAD allows drawing both in 3D and in 2D, also the possibility of generating a 3D model from the 2D is excellent-
  • The program has excellent PDF compatibility since the engineer can transform the drawings to said format, and since PDF is a more commonly used format than DWG it is easier to share them without any issue.
  • The programs license is really expensive
  • Getting to an expert level can take a long time, since it has so many functions that are accessed mostly via command names, so you really need to memorize a lot of them for practical working.
  • It requires a lot of processing power to work correctly, it tends to overclock your computer or overheat it.
  • Autocad has allowed us create large designs of Oil processing plants of several of the greatest oil companies in the world, which has represented a large profit for us.
I don't see any real scenario where AutoCAD is not appropriate, is such an excellent drawing tool that once you get the hang of it and learn almost all of the primary functions is extremely beneficial for designing both 2D and 3D drawings or models. While doing Piping and instrument diagrams working with AutoCAD is a must, and the fact that Xrefs and dynamic blocks can be shared, you can make a new library just suited for the project you are currently working.