Powerful and widely used modeling program for all of the engineering disciplines
Updated April 27, 2019

Powerful and widely used modeling program for all of the engineering disciplines

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with AutoCAD

AutoCAD has been used for almost all of the engineering departments in my universities. Most of us use it for sketching and designing mechanical components, building and bridge structures, and other industrial components. It has been used for both 2D and 3D modeling.

Pros

  • AutoCAD has a full list of functions in modeling and its interface is user-friendly. All functions can be completed by just clicking, no coding experience is needed.
  • Since most engineers use AutoCAD drawings to do finite element analysis for post-processing the mechanic components or structures, AutoCAD drawings can be imported to mostly-used commercial finite element analysis software.
  • AutoCAD has been widely used in the industry, plenty of tutorials are available online for users to learn.

Cons

  • Since in the University, we have been using the education version of AutoCAD, printed drawings are labeled as educational drawings, which do not look professional especially when we use and report the drawings to project committees.
  • AutoCAD uses lots of RAM on my computer which slows the speed of the computer. If two or more AutoCAD windows open, the computer is easy to freeze.
  • AutoCAD has been used to make engineering drawings for construction and research projects, but each drawing was labeled as an educational version.
  • Functions of 3D modeling in AutoCAD are not as straight forward as those of 2D modeling.
Modeling 2D structures in AutoCAD is more straight forward and easier to start with than other products above, and online tutorials of AutoCAD are everywhere.
For modeling and designing mechanic or structural components, AutoCAD is a good program to start and produce engineering drawings. But when doing 3D modeling, AutoCAD does not seem well suited and other software such as Solidworks is more widely used. Furthermore, Solidworks drawings can also be imported to most commercial FEA software.

Using AutoCAD

Overall, AutoCAD has done fabulous job in modeling mechanic components.
ProsCons
Like to use
Relatively simple
Easy to use
Well integrated
Consistent
Quick to learn
Convenient
Feel confident using
Lots to learn
Yes - Users can view AutoCAD drawings on mobile devices but are still not able to access editing functions.

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