What is Autocad: Definition and 34 Discussions

AutoCAD is a commercial computer-aided design (CAD) and drafting software application. Developed and marketed by Autodesk, AutoCAD was first released in December 1982 as a desktop app running on microcomputers with internal graphics controllers. Before AutoCAD was introduced, most commercial CAD programs ran on mainframe computers or minicomputers, with each CAD operator (user) working at a separate graphics terminal. AutoCAD is also available as mobile and web apps.
AutoCAD is used in industry, by architects, project managers, engineers, graphic designers, city planners and other professionals. It was supported by 750 training centers worldwide in 1994.

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    AutoCAD inventor as CFD software

    Can Autocad inventor be used as a cfd software such as ansys fluent? Thank you.
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    Troubleshooting Autocad 2012 Installation on Win 7 PC

    I try to install autocad 2012 in a Win 7 PC but it is stuck at this stage of 15 of 16. I remember in the past I completed this installation in another PC and in this same PC I have installed it to Win 10. What is the problem? Thank you.
  3. bpcaddy

    Automotive Crash Test Software for VW Rabbit Car 1981

    For my senior project i plan on litening a vw rabbit car. 1981. Any software that i could uuse to model the care and provide great data on how i could improve the safety after i cut it up to lighten it? Thinking adding roll bars or something.
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    Sketchup pro or Autocad at k-12

    I am a k-12 digital integration teacher/ technology director. Looking for validation to use sketchup pro 2015 as the primary CAD software for 9-12. Is sketchup sufficient to teach/train students who graduate high school and go to university programs or technical schools or do we need to use...
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    Can AutoCAD accurately determine the center of gravity for my vehicle design?

    HELLO Can someone help me locate the center of gravity for my vehicle design? all the parts, dimensions and mass of the parts of the design are known. Is it possible to locate for the COG of it? Thanks!
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    Are my Autocad drawings describing the model well enough?

    Hi there I'm drawing in Autocad some object for a my autocad class. I'm supposed to draw it using the 3-D picture as a model The model This is what I have drawn. I saw just wondering if the object I'm drawing is ** described well enough** with these drawings I have done?
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    AutoCAD Lisp Problem: Transfer Titles from Excel to DWG

    Hey folks. Question. Mostly about input/output in Lisp. At work, we have thousands of old AutoCAD files that were never named properly, and thus can't be searched properly by AutoCAD Vault. The title information (drawing headers, authors, dates, etc) of all these files are currently stored in...
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    Solve AutoCAD Ungrouping Problem

    Hi, I am having a problem to ungroup a layout, I am trying to delet, copy or move some items, I can't! How to solve this problem! While I click on any line or object, the rest of the layout included in that click! Thank you,
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    Do Engineering Students run autocad on their own computer?

    Do they buy it for themselves? Do they use it on the school computer?
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    Surface Area Calculations in AutoCAD

    My problem: I calculate, using Differential Geometry, the surface area of a specific part to be 50% more than the surface area AutoCAD calculates it to be using the AREA command on an extruded solid. I am certain that my calculations are correct. I use theorems of Differential Geometry that...
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    Make Design Spreadsheet with AutoCAD Block

    I am developing an application in AutoCAD. Here is how the AutoCAD Block - Design Spreadsheet works: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPqcwg0lzJo" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPqcwg0lzJo Here is the How-to-create tutorial video...
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    Fix Non-Coplanar Line in AutoCAD

    I'm trying to either fillet or extend/trim a line and it keeps telling me that the items are non coplanar. What do I need to do for this not to happen?
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    Understanding the Meaning of 'Automated' in AutoCAD: A Guide

    AutoCAD stands for Automated Computer Aided Design/Drafting. What does "Automated" mean in the context of the acronym 'AutoCAD'? Anything drawn in AutoCAD is a manual work done by a computer user, then what is so 'automatic'/'automated' about it? Please guide me. Thanks a lot.
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    Looking for AutoCAD Courses Online to Boost My Skills?

    Hey guys, I'm a recent new grad in Electrical Engineering, I have an interview with a company that requires some autocad experience, though mine is very limited (basically none). They are aware of this and still invited me to the interview, but I want to show initiative and demonstrate that...
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    Autocad alternative required

    Hi! (I hope I am posting in the right forum.) I want to learn mechanical drawing using AUTOCAD. But I can't purchase the software. Can someone , please, please suggest an open source / free alternative ? I know I will use AUTOCAD in college , I want some practice in drawing and an idea...
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    Civil Engineering Student: Choose Autocad or Revit?

    i am a second year civil engineering student, ideally i want to go into structural design, this summer i need to choose between doing an autocad course and a revit course as i cannot manage them both, i know autocad is what architects use, what exactly is revit, what is the difference and...
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    Do Mechanical Engineers Use AutoCAD?

    Hello, I am considering if taking an AutoCAD course would be useful. Do Mechanical engineers use AutoCAD very often? Thank you for your time.
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    What is the difference between 2d Autocad drawings and 3d Autocad drawings

    I want to know this information, I am going to study autocad, my friends are telling to learn how to do 2d and then go for 3d , what is so special in 3d AUTOCAD drawings, anyone here in this forum can explain it.
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    Fix Cropped Bitmap Image in Autocad 2010

    I am trying to save my file as a bitmap image to show for an interview just in case the dwg file won't open. I am using the bmpout command, but every time I try, the top of the picture is cropped out of the image. Any remedies to this? Thanks
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    AutoCAd 2000 table creating

    Hi, Anyone please help me out to create a table by AutoCAD 2000. Thank you very much! Mike
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    Simple AutoCAD question (plates)

    Hey guys, I not similar to autocad at all and you know now its really difficult to me. I can even draw these stuff. If some one can help me out with these sample plates I will be so glad. *Complete the top view on the space provided: http://rapidshare.com/files/29181074/152222.dwg.html*draw...
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    Showing Bores in AutoCAD 2-space Top View

    I have an object that has a bore and a counterbore through it. In a 2-space top view, how do I show the bores?
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    Student version of AutoCAD?

    Where can I find a student version of AutoCAD? I have looked and can not find one. Surely they offer one. I bought the student version of MATLAB and have been extremely happy with it.
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    Font size with Word and AutoCAD

    I'm writing a document in MS Word with font size 10 and Times New Roman. I'm also using AutoCAD to produce graphics to put in it. How can I make sure that text written in AutoCAD will be of equal size to that written in Word? Just choosing a text height of 10 in AutoCAD doesn't make it equal...
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    Graphs & Exponentials in AutoCAD - Questions Answered!

    I'm wondering if someone knows how to plot graphs (functions of x) in AutoCAD? And also, is it possible to write exponentials in any way?
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    Is There an AutoCAD Alternative?

    Title says it all. I am wondering if there is any kind of freeware/shareware software that does the same thing AutoCAD does? I am taking an class and it is a level one course. The scope of the course only focuses on two dimensional drawings so the alternative doesn't have to be all that...
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    Re-Learning AutoCAD 2004: What Are the Best Books?

    I have had a couple of CAD classes, but that was 3 yr. ago using AutoCAD 14. I have recently borrowed a copy of AutoCAD 2004 and i have noticed that, from what i can remember, a lot of the menues and where they lead have changed. My question is what are the better books for re-learning AutoCAD...
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    Any AutoCad users? If so I have a ?

    Any AutoCad users? If so I have a ? I used UG NX 1.8 and 2.0 mostly but I have to do some work in AutoCad 2005. Basically, I have an 8 bar parallel mechanism and I need to model it at a few points to verify clearances and the like. I'd prefer UG but we can't always do things the easy way now...
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    LISP for AutoCAD: Modifying a Program for Dad

    I was wondering if anyone was familiar with this language... Anyhow I'm trying to modify this program for my dad Currently what this program does: It draws a thicker line over a selected straight line and adds dimenetions to the member w/o all the arrows the dimension is added right...
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    Drawing a Jack in the Box w/ AutoCAD & MSCAD Questions

    I have a bunch of points and I need to turn them into a drawing of a Jack in the Box. The guy who shot it in couldn't get quite a few points, but he did measure them with a tape and gave me the dimensions. I've been using the offset command to put in lengths he supplied, but that involves a lot...
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    Ever done any AutoCad work?

    I went out and surveyed a bunch of gas stations. I "shot in" all the points I needed in order to come home and draw a blueprint of each one. sounds really easy, but now I'm sitting here looking at a bunch of dots on the screen and trying to play connect the dots and it is one of the most...
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    Comparing AutoCAD 2004 and 2005

    I was browsing the Autodesk website today and happened to notice that AutoCad 2005 has been released. Not sure how long it has been out, but I just noticed it. Anyways, I was as to how much of a difference their is between the 2004 edition and the newest edition (2005)? Are the differences and...
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    Learn AutoCAD: Step-by-Step Instructions and 3D Design Help

    Dear ... Physics Forums ... I need a website to learn the principles of how to use AutoCAD Program ((( Step By Step ))) As a website or as a peroids Newsletters ... I have also a problem in how to learn ((( 3D ))) AutoCAD ... Yours ... Eng. Luqman
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    Importing Solid Files to AutoCad in IGES Format

    Does anyone know of a way to import solid files in an IGES format into AutoCad? It appears that they did away with the IGESIN command.