March 18

How to Download AutoCAD for Free

How to Download AutoCAD for Free

Matthew Scyoc

How to Download AutoCAD for Free

Table of Contents

Introduction

Educational Version

AutoCAD 360

Trial Versions

Introduction

AutoCAD is probably one of the most important tools in fields like urban planning, engineering, architecture, graphic design and even project management. The demand for this CAD software is so high that it is no surprise that its cost is also high. However, it is possible to enjoy free versions of the Autocad program. Some of these are for educational purposes, others are tests or reduced versions. If you can’t afford to buy the standard versions of AutoCAD, you can see some of the following options.

Educational Version 

The first version we want to discuss in this article is the so-called educational version. Acquiring an educational license is quite simple. This version was originally intended for students and teachers. It can be downloaded for free and by doing so you have a period of 3 years to use it.

You can download it through the following link: https://www.autodesk.mx/education/free-software/autocad

The first requirement to access the download is to register with Autodesk. The only information requested is your name, as well as the name of the university or institution where you’re studying. Once this is done, you can start the download. 

You can choose the version of AutoCAD you want. Look closely at the hardware and software requirements so that it can work properly on your computer. 

Take into account that every time you plot a map, a note that says: “Produced by an educational product from Autodesk” will show up.

As if that wasn’t enough, Autodesk offers a lot of excellent educational resources that can help you capitalize on AutoCAD. Just visit: https://academy.autodesk.com/

AutoCAD 360

This is a great alternative that works very well on mobile phones. AutoCAD 360 is a free version of AutoCAD that works great – even when it’s focused on mobile phones. 

This is a free app that lets you view CAD files. You can also open files in DWG format, as well as make punctual measurements, enlarge drawings, visualize coordinates and navigate through the drawings. 

This app stores the work in a cloud. It also allows you to share your designs with other people.

There is also a Pro version that’s only $ 5 or € 6 per month. The difference between this and the free version is that it has more functions, including drawing, editing, object scale and other modifications.

It should be noted that in any case, both the free version and the AutoCAD 360 Pro do not have the standard desktop versions. 

Trial Versions

You have to remember that before you can use the free trial version or any version of the software, you must open an account in Autodesk. In addition, the features of the trial versions of Windows and Mac are different. Check the Autodesk page for more accurate details about these discrepancies.

The highlight of the most recent trial versions is that they allow you to import files in low quality PDF format. And if that wasn’t enough, it has a mobile app that is free and very useful. This allows you to present plans without having to plot them whenever you need them. Finally, the trial version is connected to the Print Studio, which allows you to print in 3D. 

Despite the above, the trial versions contain all the main functions that allows parametric modeling. This means that, unlike the trial versions of other software, you’re able to carry out big tasks while you’re designing.

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About the Author

Matthew is owner of Sunglass.io. He employs a close-knit group of engineers to develop the technical content on the site, but is passionate about everything engineering. Matthew loves the future of 3D modeling and wants to push for more helpful, useful tools for the engineering community. Feel free to reach out to him directly on the Contact page or on LinkedIn!

Matthew Scyoc

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