AutoCAD-Computing Services - Carnegie Mellon University


AutoCAD is a suite of CAD software products for 2- and 3- dimensional design and drafting, developed and sold by Autodesk. The original concept of AutoCAD in the 1980s was to promote customization and feature extensibility, and was what made it especially appealing to customers. Most contemporary CAD products at that time offered little if any customization capability and most were far more expensive.

Modern AutoCAD includes a full set of basic solid modeling and 3D tools, but lacks some of the more advanced capabilities of solid modeling applications. AutoCAD can be used as a platform for other products such as Bentley AutoPLANT and COADE CADWORX. AutoCAD is a vector graphics drawing program. It uses primitive entities - such as lines, polylines, circles, arcs, and text - as the foundation for more complex objects.

Note: As of Spring 2015 Autodesk has made AutoCAD and many other titles free for students and faculty of qualifying educational institutions. The free educational licenses can only be used in conjunction with teaching and research. These licenses cannot be used for commercial purposes. 

  • Campuses covered by this license: Campuses located in North America
  • License holder: Computing Services
  • Quantity licensed: Unlimited
  • Available for: Windows and Mac
  • Who can install it: Departments for teaching or research, students and faculty
  • Eligible equipment: University owned/leased
  • Type of license: 3-year agreement beginning Spring of 2015
  • Cost to users: Free
  • Where to get it: Contact
  • License code required: Yes. Departmental license codes are provided upon request. Faculty and students can obtain a license direct from Autodesk at; an Autodesk account is required. Students can also use AutoCad through Virtual Andrew
  • Getting help using it: Computing Services does not support this software.
  • Restrictions: Use for academic, non-commercial purposes only.
  • Individual use rights upon termination of affiliation: None. All copies must be deleted upon termination of affiliation with Carnegie Mellon University.
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IMPORTANT: AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT are currently not compatible with Mac OS X 10.11. A service pack will be available soon to allow the software to run on El Capitan. See the AutoCAD knowledge article for more information.