AutoCAD -- the ONLY option for 2D CAD work
April 25, 2019

AutoCAD -- the ONLY option for 2D CAD work

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

We do a lot of laser cutting at NoMo Diagnostics Inc. To do this, I use AutoCAD a lot. I draw out everything that I want to laser cut using AutoCAD before I print it. This is to make sure that what I am looking to laser cut looks correct and that it will cut correctly. The AutoCAD files are also used to send to the laser cutter to make it run.
  • AutoCAD allows you to output many different file types for all kinds of different functions.
  • It allows for the quick design of 2D parts if you do not want to load up SOLIDWORKS for larger, 3D parts.
  • The software helps you use a variety of shop tools, such as laser cutters and the shopbot.
  • AutoCAD could be easier to use; sometimes processes are very complicated.
  • I do not like the giant cursor that you use while drawing things in AutoCAD, it can get difficult to create smaller parts.
  • I also don't like the way that you select everything. Sometimes it is very hard to select all the things that I need to without selecting many other parts of a drawing as well.
  • AutoCAD has helped make my prototyping more efficient in using a laser cutter, since it is a good way to rapidly create parts.
  • It helps me visualize things before physically building a part, so that I can make sure it looks good before I create it.
  • The software is very inexpensive, which helps keep our budget down.
AutoCAD is better than both of these programs because it is cheaper, simpler, and a smaller program. It also makes it easier to print files you draw straight to a laser cutter, shopbot, or other shop machine. Fusion 360 is a great program for 3D drawings, but it does not stack up against AutoCAD for 2D files.
AutoCAD is great if you do a lot of 2D drawings. It is also fantastic if you do a lot of laser cutting or use a shopbot or any other type of shop tool. It is the best program to get files drawn up to send over to one of these machines. You can also print straight from AutoCAD itself, which is extremely helpful.