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Autodesk AutoCAD is a Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software. It’s a very powerful 2D and 3D program for engineers, architects and construction professionals. If you decide to start 3D modeling in AutoCAD, you will be able to produce highly precise and accurate models.
As mentioned above, AutoCAD is not only modeling software. You will also be able to create 2D sketches and documentation of your project. This program operates with meshes, surfaces, and solids, allowing you to choose the best method accordingly to your project. You will also have options to comment on your drawings with dimensions, leaders, tables, and text, which is essential to work in teams and with clients.
Additionally, AutoCAD works with both iOS and Windows. There is also a mobile and web version available to give you the ultimate design freedom and mobility.
Price: from $1 610/ year, free for students
AutoCAD prides itself on having highly customized toolsets for various industries. Determined by your project, you will have a wide range of necessary options available. The tools are professional-grade and moreover, time-saving. Let’s take a closer look at them:
Autodesk Inventor is a CAD software dedicated to mechanical design, documentation and product simulations. The 3D modeling method is an engineering-grade blend of direct, freeform, parametric and rules-based tools. Inventor is also all about collaboration and you will be able to work with any other CAD software.
This CAD software will allow you to design rapid assembly reconfigurations, and use standard elements such as gears, cams, or bolted connections from Autodesk’s library. Inventor claims to shorten the lead time in engineering and design even by 20% thanks to its mechanical tools. It also allows for seamless teamwork thanks to cloud integration and live updates.
Autodesk Inventor is available for Windows only.
Price: from $1 985/ year, free for students
AutoCAD and Inventor are both professional-grade and powerful modeling software from Autodesk. They will provide you with highly customized tools, however, for different projects. AutoCAD is great for architectural projects, mapping, and even whole construction design. It also allows you to work on mobile devices and in your browser. You will find toolsets dedicated to specific industries, as well as 2D design tools.
Inventor, on the other hand, will allow you to produce highly complex assemblies, but also prepare documentation for the projects. You will be able to build and analyze whole mechanical systems and run simulations and stress tests on them to assure the ultimate design solution.
The choice of software depends purely on your project and needs. Both AutoCAD and Inventor are powerful software, but with different modeling tools. Make sure you have a clear vision of your project and you know what your design needs are.
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