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.
SLDASM is a SOLIDWORKS Assembly File. It refers to a SOLIDWORKS 3D assembly, which consists of several SOLIDWORKS part files (SLDPRT). An assembly file itself may contain some children SLDASM files, as well as some SLDPRT part files.
SLDASM are proprietary files with closed specifications. Nevertheless, some APIs (like CAD Exchanger SDK) provide the facility to read and convert them to other formats.
Software applications like Autodesk Fusion 360, Okino PolyTrans, and AMADA SheetWorks can import and render SLDASM files created with SOLIDWORKS.
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