AutoCAD Training

Ac-2012-logoAutoCAD is the pre-eminent computer aided design (CAD) package on the market today. It is a suite of software products which provide 2D and 3D CAD tools. It is used by engineers, land developers, architects, mechanical engineers and other design professionals to design, visualize, document and communicate their ideas clearly and efficiently.

Our AutoCAD training courses are led by ex-industry professionals with years of hands-on experience. This means that our courses use real-life examples and scenarios, and have a real impact on your day-to-day workflow.

Our scheduled training courses are delivered in our comfortable, modern training centre in the Surrey Technology Centre in Guildford. We will also be introducing AutoCAD courses in London in 2016.

We frequently provide our clients with AutoCAD training on their site. This allows the training to be delivered on a date to suit them and often allows us to use their AutoCAD files to make the training as relevant as possible.

Please note that our courses currently use AutoCAD 2016 and from 01/01/2017 we will be using AutoCAD 2017. Recent versions of AutoCAD are very similar and so anyone using AutoCAD 2013 or later will find very little difference with AutoCAD 2016. See here for full details. In the rare occasions where there is a difference, we will make this clear to you during the training.

Training Course Approach


These courses are focused on ensuring that we make you a faster and more relaxed AutoCAD user. Given how widely AutoCAD is used as a CAD and design tool, being a fast, comfortable user is critical for any engineer, architect, designer or graphic designer.

Our training courses are very practical and hands on. We believe that practical skills are developed though practicing the learning points that your have been taught. In this way we ensure that our delegates leave with a thorough knowledge and understanding of how to use AutoCAD and also the practical experience in using the software which allows them to confidently put that knowledge into practice.

AutoCAD is very flexible and configurable. To the uninitiated it can be confusing with large numbers of menus. However, in working through multiple exercises we ensure that our delegates get comfortable navigating the various menus and options that are available.

Locations


Our main training centre is in Guildford .

We also provide AutoCAD training at classrooms in London, Reading and Basingstoke on request.

We are also very happy to provide on site training at your premises.

Uses Of AutoDesk AutoCAD


AutoCAD is the most widely used drafting and computer-aided design (CAD) tool in the world. In comes in a number of versions but across all of it’s versions it can be used from designing a small piece of jewellery or designing a garden through to designing large buildings and developments.

It’s ability to visualise and render 2D and 3D models and designs is unrivalled. When used in conjunction with a 3D printer it’s designs can be printed out directly, making it an incredibly powerful tool.

An example of how it can be used in more detail would be for civil engineers. They can use AutoCAd to design bridges, roads, tunnels and other common buildings. The software allows the geography and topology of a site to be considered and included, as well as utilities and infrastructure. The hydrology of a site can also be incorporated into plans as well. A civil engineer would typically use a specific version of AutoCAD called, Civil 3D.

 

Different Versions Of AutoCAD


AutoCAD is available in a number of different versions, and is also now available for iPads and tablets. Most simply it is available in 2D and 3D versions as well as a LT version and also AutoCAD 360. The 2D AutoCAD and 3D AutoCAD versions are, as you would expect, simply 2D and 3D versions of the software.

The LT version is a much lower cost version of AutoCAD although it is a stripped back version as a consequence. It is designed for an entry level used rather than a professional corporate user. It lacks some of the standard management and automation tools that are found in other versions of the software as well as some of the customisation options. However, for the hobbyist or occasional user it is a very cost effective way to access AutoCAD.

AutoCAD 360 is a cloud solution which allows subscribers to store, view, edit and share their AutoCAD designs over the web. It offers access to a version of AutoCAD that is further stripped down from the LT version but is available on a very cost effective subscription basis of $99.99 per year.

AutoCAD is also available in a number of different “themed” versions. As it has evolved over the years different versions have been launched in order to better cater to the requirements of different engineering disciplines in the main. Examples of these types of versions include, Revit for Building Information Modelling and AutoCAD architecture which is specifically aimed at architects. There is also civil 3D as mentioned above.

A 3o-day trial version of AutoCAD is available for free from the AutoDesk website.

Similar Courses


Delegates interested in AutoCAD training are also often interested in:

Adobe InDesign Courses

Adobe Photoshop Courses

Further References 


Further information on AutoCAD can be found at the following websites:

Wikipedia:    AutoCAD Article

Autodesk:     AutoCAD Homepage