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, Inc.. 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.

Autodesk:  AutoCAD and modules, and 3D Studio Max

Carnegie Mellon participates in the Autodesk Design Institute program (ADI), an annual license program that includes AutoCAD and supplement modules. 3D Studio Max can be licensed under an addendum to the ADI program. 

  • Campuses covered by this license: Campuses located in North America
  • License holder: Computing Services
  • Quantity licensed: Unlimited
  • Available for: Windows
  • Who can install it: Departments. faculty and staff
    Note: Students who need to run AutoCad from their desktop should use the Virtual Andrew application.
  • Eligible equipment: University owned/leased
  • Type of license: Annual, December 1st renewal
  • Cost to users: Approximately $150/copy/license year
  • Where to get it: contact
  • License code required: Yes. The license codes are provided upon receipt of payment
  • Getting help using it: Computing Services does not support this software. 
  • Restrictions: Use for academic, non-commercial purposes only.  Software must be removed from computers if annual payment is not made.
  • 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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