A Beginner’s Guide to AutoCAD


Are you interested in digital design and wondering what AutoCAD is? Read on to find out more about this widely used software and the benefits that AutoCAD can bring to your professional career.

What is AutoCAD?

Short for Automatic Computer Aided Design, AutoCAD is a leading Computer Aided Design (CAD) software that is used worldwide by professionals like architects, interior designers and engineers to draft two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) models. This software replaces the traditional pen-and-paper method of drafting and designing, where illustrations produced range from concept blueprints to cinematic-quality animations. AutoCAD offers a robust set of automated features and tools that help users to design, analyze and modify 2D and 3D projects with ease.


What is AutoCAD used for?

Released in 1982, AutoCAD rapidly became the most established CAD program worldwide.  There are various practical uses of AutoCAD. The Graphical Interface of AutoCAD allows users to:

  1. Visually design and explore various conceptual ideas
  2. Modify designs using 3D free-form design tools
  3. Generate intelligent model documentation
  4. Transform designs into 3D renderings and turn them into cinematic-quality animated presentations

As the software offers an easy method of creating and modifying images, AutoCAD has become a standard tool for many jobs.


Benefits of using AutoCAD

Individuals who are pursuing careers in the architecture, mechanical or engineering fields will discover the various benefits of using AutoCAD:

  1. Efficiency

AutoCAD’s inbuilt design tools not only maximize work productivity but also help to streamline design and documentation workflows. Tedious drafting tasks that are normally done by hand are automated through AutoCAD, shortening completion time of projects. Editing drawings on AutoCAD is also easily done with various simple user-friendly commands like copy, mirror, stretching, rotate, scale etc.

  1. Storage and Accessibility

AutoCAD files are saved on a computer and can be archived in any storage media or stored on any cloud storage. These software files occupy lesser storage space as compared to physical space required for keeping paper drawings. Also, the files are easily accessible anytime, anywhere online.

  1. 3D Rendering

Manually sketched 3D drawings are not as effective and realistic as computer aided drawings. AutoCAD helps create 3D objects with colours and/or textures applied to various surfaces making them vivid and easier for users to visualize the end product.

  1. Accuracy

AutoCAD enables users to draw with fractional dimensions and also define precision to any number of decimal places, which is very difficult to achieve via hand-drafted drawings.


Interested in Learning AutoCAD?

Here at St. Hua Private Academy, we offer a comprehensive AutoCAD Course for both 2D and 3D design.

  • AutoCAD Level 1 (2D)
    • This course is designed as a starting point for new users. Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
      • Create 2D drawings using drawing and editing tools
      • Organize drawing objects on layers
      • Add text and basic dimensions
      • Plotting
  • AutoCAD Level 2 (3D)
    • This advanced course will cover:
      • Advanced object control and selection
      • Advanced object creation and modelling using wire frame, surface, and solids.

Our AutoCAD Level 1 & Level 2 is a SkillFuture Credit Approved Course! Find out more about claiming using your SkillFuture credits here.

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