AutoCAD is a computer-aided design (CAD) software application developed and marketed by Autodesk. It is used for creating 2D and 3D designs in a range of industries, including architecture, engineering, construction, and manufacturing.
With AutoCAD, users can create precise 2D and 3D drawings, as well as models and simulations, using a variety of built-in tools and features.
The software is available for Windows and Mac operating systems, and it can be used on a standalone basis or as part of a suite of design and engineering software products.
There are mainly 2 ways to get Autocad sort-of for free:
Free Trial Version
The first way to get to use Autocad for free is actually by using the free-trial version offered from Autodesk.
You can download the AutoCAD free trial by following these steps:
- Go to the AutoCAD website (https://www.autodesk.com/products/autocad/free-trial).
- Click on the “Free Trial” button.
- Sign in or create an Autodesk account.
- Follow the prompts to complete the installation process.
Please note that the AutoCAD free trial is only available for a limited time, typically 30 days. After the trial period, you will need to purchase a license in order to continue using the software.
The free trial is a great way to determine if this is the right software for you and for your design needs.
Student Version (Education version)
If you qualify, you can actually get the student version and use it for free for 3 years during your education years.
Note that Autodesk specifically mentions that you need to limit your software use to educational purposes – meaning you can’t use the student version to produce paid work.
Third Option – The Light Version
In case you didn’t know, but Autodesk actually made a light version of Autocad – they actually had it for almost 10 years at this point.
Now the light version is not actually free, but the price tag feels like they’re almost giving it for free compared to getting the full Autocad version which, honestly, very few people actually use to its fully potential.
We used the light version at Autocad for several years and was very reliable the whole time.
We missed maybe one or two features that were reserved for the main full version, but still, we got everything we needed from it.
Last One – Web version
So there’s Autocad For Web now? I actually saw this a year or two ago when it was free – i think – and I thought its okay.
Now, they’re actually charging for it 20-something-dollars a month.
The only downside to the web version is that you’ll probably need high-speed-internet to get a smooth working experience on the software – think +200 Mbps (mega bytes per second)
No, you won’t get that speed in a Starbucks, not in Los Angeles at least.
I personally have not tried this version much, not even for fun, so I don’t have much feedback on it except mentioning that it actually exists.
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