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.
In spring of 2015 Autodesk made AutoCAD and many other titles free for students and faculty of qualifying educational institutions. The free educational licenses are to 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
- Cost: Free
- Where to get it: Create an account to download the license and software from the AutoDesk website
- License code required: Yes. Departmental license codes are provided upon request. Faculty and students can obtain a license direct from Autodesk.
- 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.