AutoCAD is a software application for CAD and drafting built on Autodesk’s proprietary kernel named Shapemanager. Developed by Autodesk, AutoCAD was first to run on microcomputers with internal graphics controllers. As it is available on thirteen different languages, AutoCAD is widely used by architects, project managers engineers, graphic designers, city planners and other professionals all over the globe.
AutoCAD enables professionals to draft and edit 2D geometry and 3D models with solids, surfaces and meshes, annotate drawings with text, leaders, dimensions and tables, customize wit add-on apps and API.
There are different versions of AutoCAD. AutoCAD LT is the lower cost version, with limited capabilities. AutoCAD 360 is an account-based mobile and web application. Its users can view, edit and share files via mobile device and web. To add to it, students can use free student versions of AutoCAD, which are almost identical to the full commercial one.
Fusion 360 is a 3D CAD, CAM, CAE cloud-based platform by Autodesk, which connects the development processes of a product. Solid, Surface, T-Spline and Mesh geometry are supported as well as drawing, rendering and 3D-printed output for design validation and documentation. Fusion 360 runs on Windows, Mac OS and in browsers. It is mostly used by students of manufacturing and design spheres.
It is a collaborative platform where users can access each other’s files which shortens design lifecycle. As the app can run either on PC or on the cloud, it can work both with and without internet connection. Data management is built into Fusion.
Autodesk Fusion has a single model environment in which all unique parts and assemblies can be created. It incorporates both direct and parametric control. In Fusion users can make drafts, prepare designs for 3D printing as prototypes or as final parts. Fusion 360 includes integrated Assembly modelling, Motion studies, Rendering and FEA tools to help users analyse design before making it. As document management is built into the platform, files are automatically backed up to the cloud.
A CAD file is an output of a CAD software, containing key information about the designed object: its geometry and topology representation, 3D model hierarchy, metadata, and visual attributes depending on the format of the file.Read more
In the 4th part of the series, we will take a look at the features of working with wireframe models in 3D CAD software.Read more