AutoCAD: technical drawing like a professional
Most people who work in technology will at least have heard of it: AutoCAD, the program for professional technical designers. CAD stands for Computer Aided Design, or: technical design and drawing with computer support. The software was once developed for military purposes in America, but has now been available for almost 40 years as a commercial product for both individuals and business customers. A look at AutoCAD, with explanation from AutoCAD trainer Harold Weistra from CADdesign.
AutoCAD is not the only CAD program available, but it is probably the most well-known and also the most reputable. This is not only because it has been around for a long time, but of course also because of the excellent quality, many updates and extensive options. Over the decades, it has grown into the software package for designs and technical drawings in the field of architecture, spatial planning, mechanical engineering and much more. AutoCAD is therefore demonstrably widely applicable in many different industries.
“AutoCAD is an extra tool to do your work differently or to supplement it,” says Harold Weistra, AutoCAD course leader and author of the Dutch-language AutoCAD lesson book Basic Course AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT, of which 25,000 copies have been sold. “To get started with AutoCAD, you only need two things: being able to read your own professional knowledge and a technical drawing.”
Up to date
One of the main strengths of AutoCAD is the fixed annual update. As a user of the program, you have known for years that a new edition of the program appears every March, with new features and faster operation. So you are never tied to a product for years that you see slowly aging, eagerly looking forward to a long-awaited update. With AutoCAD you always have a new, fresh piece of software.
CADdesign has been providing CAD training for 20 years. “In addition to a basic course, we also offer an advanced course,” explains Weistra. “We will delve further into the practical situation. Keeping up is important, because the software and the work can change. This way you learn to use AutoCAD more efficiently and avoid duplication of work.”
Possibilities versus simplicity
The insane amount of possibilities and options that AutoCAD offers is a major plus, but at the same time it also deters potential users. AutoCAD has been known for years for incorporating new options with every new edition. It should be noted that this mainly applies to the Windows edition. The iOS version of the program is significantly more limited in its capabilities. Many iOS users who necessarily want to use AutoCAD, therefore, first install Windows on their Apple device.
Such an abundance of options often means an enormous increase in complexity for software. This is where AutoCAD stands out. “Using AutoCAD is easy to learn in a few days with a simple basic AutoCAD course. As with many advanced software, you do need instructions and explanations before you can get started, but after a few hours of training you will notice that the program is surprisingly accessible,” Weistra enthuses. “Unique in the world of technical design software.”
Why try AutoCAD?
A license for AutoCAD, like most professional software, is not cheap. So why should you as an entrepreneur invest in this? If you are active in an industry that has to do with technology, design or spatial planning, at least trying AutoCAD is a no-brainer. Whether you're designing furniture, landscaping or building electrical machines, AutoCAD has also produced different versions of the product for different purposes. Many of those versions allow you to build your designs in 3D, allowing you to create a perfect image of your designs. From rough sketch to detailed technical drawing; AutoCAD helps you from start to finish and brings your product to life.
“With an introduction AutoCAD Course In four days you learn all the basic skills step by step”, says Weistra. “I explain things like the screen structure, drawing commands, hatching and templates with great pleasure and personal attention. In small groups with practical examples. After that, you are guaranteed to be able to work independently with AutoCAD in your company.” You will also receive a certificate of participation at the end of the training: “That is an official and internationally recognized Certification of Completion, but that doesn't make you Certified User or Professional. For that you have to take an English exam, which are the same worldwide. CADdesign is one of the few training centers in the Netherlands authorized to conduct these exams.”