AutoCAD for Students: The Ultimate Guide to Choose The Best AutoCAD Software

This ultimate guide to choosing the best AutoCAD software for students is designed to help students in their journey to mastering AutoCAD software. It covers topics from selecting the right version for their degree course to finding the best deals for student discounts, providing them with all the information and resources needed to make the right decisions. With visual step-by-step instructions, this guide will help students get up to speed with the fundamentals of AutoCAD and get the most out of their software.

Here are our top picks:

Autodesk AutoCAD

Autodesk AutoCAD is a powerful computer-aided design (CAD) and drafting software used by professionals in architecture, engineering, and design. It offers sophisticated tools for working with 3D modeling, sectioning, rendering, and other complex CAD tasks. With its accurate drawing capabilities.

AutoCAD gives users the ability to create precise designs quickly, enabling them to bring their creative visions to life. It supports a broad range of file formats, helping users to easily share their work with others.

Autodesk AutoCAD Features:

1. Vector-based Drafting and Design,

2. 2D and 3D Modeling,

3. Precision Drawing and Dimensioning,

4. Annotation and Text Editing,

5. Layering and Object Snapping,

6. Customizable Interface,

7. Advanced Rendering and Visualization,

8. File Formats Compatibility,

9. Automated Drafting and Documentation,

10. Parametric Drawing and Dynamic Blocks.


SolidWorks is a powerful 3D software package developed by Dassault Systèmes. It offers a wide range of features for advanced 3D modeling, rendering, and engineering simulation tasks, making it ideal for professional users.

With its intuitive user interface, SolidWorks allows users to create complex designs quickly and easily. It is suitable for a variety of industries, including aerospace, automotive, medical, and architecture.

SolidWorks Features:

1. Parametric Modeling,

2. Assembly Modeling,

3. Design Automation,

4. 3D Printing,

5. Simulation,

6. Motion Analysis,

7. Sheet Metal Design,

8. Visualization,

9. Rendering,

10. eDrawings,

11. SolidWorks Electrical,

12. Mold Design,

13. Weldments,

14. PhotoView 360.

Fusion 360

Fusion 360 is an integrated 3D CAD/CAM software for product design and development. With a focus on industrial-grade design, Fusion 360 makes it easier to create accurate models, precise drawings, and detailed simulations of your designs.

The intuitive 3D drawing tools, push-and-pull modeling tools, sculpting tools, and parametric interoperability make the development process much faster and more efficient, helping you bring your ideas to reality faster.

Fusion 360 Features:

1. 3D Modeling and Design,

2. CAD/CAM Software,

3. Simulation, 

4. Collaboration, 

5. Data Management, 

6. Generative Design, 

7. CNC Machining, 

8. Rendering, 

9. Animation, 

10. Real-time Simulation and Visualization, 

11. 3D Printing, 

12. Cloud-based Platform, 

13. Design Documentation, 

14. Multiplatform Support, 

15. Feature-based Modeling, 

16. Sheet Metal Design, 

17. Mold and Die Design, 

18. Freeform Modeling, 

19. CAM Programming, 

20. Parametric Modeling.


OpenSCAD is a powerful and versatile 3D modeling program that is part of the open-source software family. It is most commonly used for 3D printing, rapid prototyping, and mathematical 3D dimensional modeling. OpenSCAD has roots as a programming language, making it beloved by software developers.

It features support for solid geometry, constructive solid geometry, and extrusion of 2D paths into 3D objects. With an easy-to-learn interface and extensive documentation, OpenSCAD is an invaluable tool for anyone who wants to quickly and accurately produce 3D models.

OpenSCAD Features:

1. Parametric Design,

2. Customizable 3D Objects,

3. Constructive Solid Geometry,

4. Complex 3D Shapes,

5. Mesh Boolean Operations,

6. Animation and Visualization,

7. Extensible User Interface,

8. Direct 3D Modeling,

9. Interactive Grouping and Transforming,

10. Dynamic Text and Fonts Support.

What is AutoCAD?

AutoCAD is a computer-aided design (CAD) software application for creating 2D and 3D designs and technical drawings.

What are the different versions of AutoCAD available for students?

AutoCAD offers a student version called AutoCAD for Students, as well as other versions such as AutoCAD LT and AutoCAD 360.

Can students purchase AutoCAD software at a discounted rate?

Yes, students and educators can purchase AutoCAD at a discounted rate through the Autodesk Education Community.

Can the student version of AutoCAD be used for commercial projects?

No, the student version of AutoCAD can only be used for non-commercial, educational purposes.

Is there a trial version of AutoCAD available for students to try before purchasing?

Yes, a free trial version of AutoCAD is available for students to download and test before purchasing.

Are there any training resources available for students using AutoCAD?

es, there are various training resources available for students, including online tutorials, video lessons, and user forums.

What are the minimum system requirements for running AutoCAD on a computer?

The minimum system requirements for running AutoCAD on a computer include a 64-bit operating system, at least 8 GB of RAM, and a 3.0 GHz or higher processor.

Are there any compatibility issues with running AutoCAD on a Mac?

AutoCAD can be run on a Mac using virtualization software such as Parallels or Bootcamp. However, certain features and tools may not be available or may not work as well as they would on a Windows operating system.

Are there any additional costs associated with using AutoCAD, such as subscription fees or ongoing maintenance costs?

AutoCAD requires a subscription to use. The cost of the subscription depends on the version and the length of the subscription. Additionally, there may be additional costs associated with certain features or plugins that are added to the software.

In conclusion, AutoCAD is a powerful and widely-used computer-aided design software that can be a valuable tool for students studying architecture, engineering, and other related fields. The student version of AutoCAD, called AutoCAD for Students, is available at a discounted rate and can only be used for non-commercial, educational purposes. There are also other versions of AutoCAD available, such as AutoCAD LT and AutoCAD 360, that have different feature sets and pricing options. Students can try out the software before purchasing by downloading a free trial version. Training resources, such as online tutorials and video lessons, are available to help students learn how to use the software effectively. Keep in mind that AutoCAD requires a subscription to use, and there may be additional costs associated with certain features or plugins.






One response to “AutoCAD for Students: The Ultimate Guide to Choose The Best AutoCAD Software”

  1. Steph B Avatar

    Regardless if you believe in God or not, this is a “must-read” message!!

    All throughout time, we can see how we have been slowly conditioned to come to this point where we are on the verge of a cashless society. Did you know that the Bible foretold of this event almost 2,000 years ago?

    In Revelation 13:16-18, we read,

    “He (the false prophet who deceives many by his miracles) causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

    Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.”

    Referring to the last generation, this could only be speaking of a cashless society. Why? Revelation 13:17 tells us that we cannot buy or sell unless we receive the mark of the beast. If physical money was still in use, we could buy or sell with one another without receiving the mark. This would contradict scripture that states we need the mark to buy or sell!

    These verses could not be referring to something purely spiritual as scripture references two physical locations (our right hand or forehead) stating the mark will be on one “OR” the other. If this mark was purely spiritual, it would indicate both places, not one OR the other.

    This is where it really starts to come together. It is shocking how accurate the Bible is concerning the implantable RFID microchip. These are notes from a man named Carl Sanders who worked with a team of engineers to help develop this RFID chip

    “Carl Sanders sat in seventeen New World Order meetings with heads-of-state officials such as Henry Kissinger and Bob Gates of the C.I.A. to discuss plans on how to bring about this one-world system. The government commissioned Carl Sanders to design a microchip for identifying and controlling the peoples of the world—a microchip that could be inserted under the skin with a hypodermic needle (a quick, convenient method that would be gradually accepted by society).

    Carl Sanders, with a team of engineers behind him, with U.S. grant monies supplied by tax dollars, took on this project and designed a microchip that is powered by a lithium battery, rechargeable through the temperature changes in our skin. Without the knowledge of the Bible (Brother Sanders was not a Christian at the time), these engineers spent one-and-a-half-million dollars doing research on the best and most convenient place to have the microchip inserted.

    Guess what? These researchers found that the forehead and the back of the hand (the two places the Bible says the mark will go) are not just the most convenient places, but are also the only viable places for rapid, consistent temperature changes in the skin to recharge the lithium battery. The microchip is approximately seven millimeters in length, .75 millimeters in diameter, about the size of a grain of rice. It is capable of storing pages upon pages of information about you. All your general history, work history, criminal record, health history, and financial data can be stored on this chip.

    Brother Sanders believes that this microchip, which he regretfully helped design, is the “mark” spoken about in Revelation 13:16–18. The original Greek word for “mark” is “charagma,” which means a “scratch or etching.” It is also interesting to note that the number 666 is actually a word in the original Greek. The word is “chi xi stigma,” with the last part, “stigma,” also meaning “to stick or prick.” Carl believes this is referring to a hypodermic needle when they poke into the skin to inject the microchip.”

    Mr. Sanders asked a doctor what would happen if the lithium contained within the RFID microchip leaked into the body. The doctor replied by saying a terrible sore would appear in that location. This is what the book of Revelation says:

    “And the first (angel) went, and poured out his vial on the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore on the men which had the mark of the beast, and on them which worshipped his image” (Revelation 16:2).

    You can read more about it here–and to also understand the mystery behind the number 666:

    The third angel’s warning in Revelation 14:9-11 states,

    “Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, ‘If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.’”

    Who is Barack Obama, and why is he still involved in politics?

    So what’s in the name? The meaning of someone’s name can say a lot about a person. God throughout history has given names to people that have a specific meaning tied to their lives. How about the name Barack Obama? Let us take a look at what may be hiding beneath the surface.

    Jesus says in Luke 10:18, “…I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.”

    The Hebrew Strongs word (H1299) for “lightning”: “bârâq” (baw-rawk)

    In Isaiah chapter 14, verse 14, we read about Lucifer (Satan) saying in his heart:

    “I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.”

    In the verses in Isaiah that refer directly to Lucifer, several times it mentions him falling from the heights or the heavens. The Hebrew word for the heights or heavens used here is Hebrew Strongs 1116: “bamah”–Pronounced (bam-maw’)

    In Hebrew, the letter “Waw” or “Vav” is often transliterated as a “U” or “O,” and it is primarily used as a conjunction to join concepts together. So to join in Hebrew poetry the concept of lightning (Baraq) and a high place like heaven or the heights of heaven (Bam-Maw), the letter “U” or “O” would be used. So, Baraq “O” Bam-Maw or Baraq “U” Bam-Maw in Hebrew poetry similar to the style written in Isaiah, would translate literally to “Lightning from the heights.” The word “Satan” in Hebrew is a direct translation, therefore “Satan.”

    So when Jesus told His disciples in Luke 10:18 that He beheld Satan fall like lightning from heaven, if this were to be spoken by a Jewish Rabbi today influenced by the poetry in the book of Isaiah, he would say these words in Hebrew–the words of Jesus in Luke 10:18 as, and I saw Satan as Baraq O Bam-Maw.

    The names of both of Obama’s daughters are Malia and Natasha. If we were to write those names backward (the devil does things in reverse) we would get “ailam ahsatan”. Now if we remove the letters that spell “Alah” (Allah being the false god of Islam), we get “I am Satan”. Coincidence? I don’t think so.

    Obama’s campaign logo when he ran in 2008 was a sun over the horizon in the west, with the landscape as the flag of the United States. In Islam, they have their own messiah that they are waiting for called the 12th Imam, or the Mahdi (the Antichrist of the Bible), and one prophecy concerning this man’s appearance is the sun rising in the west.

    “Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth—to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people— saying with a loud voice, ‘Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.’” (Revelation 14:6-7)

    Why have the words of Jesus in His Gospel accounts regarding His death, burial, and resurrection, been translated into over 3,000 languages, and nothing comes close (the Quran about 110 languages)? Because the same Spirit of God (YHVH) who created all people likewise transcends all people; therefore the power of His Word is not limited by people; while all other religions are man-made, therefore they tend to primarily stay within their own culture. The same God who speaks to all people through His creation of the heavens and earth that draws all people around the world likewise has sent His Word to the ends of the earth so that we may come to personally know Him to be saved in spirit and in truth through His Son Jesus Christ.

    Jesus stands alone among the other religions that say to rightly weigh the scales of good and evil and to make sure you have done more good than bad in this life. Is this how we conduct ourselves justly in a court of law? Bearing the image of God, is this how we project this image into reality?

    Our good works cannot save us. If we step before a judge, being guilty of a crime, the judge will not judge us by the good we have done, but rather by the crimes we have committed. If we as fallen humanity, created in God’s image, pose this type of justice, how much more a perfect, righteous, and Holy God?

    God has brought down His moral laws through the 10 commandments given to Moses at Mt. Siani. These laws were not given so we may be justified, but rather that we may see the need for a savior. They are the mirror of God’s character of what He has written in our hearts, with our conscious bearing witness that we know that it is wrong to steal, lie, dishonor our parents, murder, and so forth.

    We can try and follow the moral laws of the 10 commandments, but we will never catch up to them to be justified before a Holy God. That same word of the law given to Moses became flesh about 2,000 years ago in the body of Jesus Christ. He came to be our justification by fulfilling the law, living a sinless perfect life that only God could fulfill.

    The gap between us and the law can never be reconciled by our own merit, but the arm of Jesus is stretched out by the grace and mercy of God. And if we are to grab on, through faith in Him, He will pull us up being the one to justify us. As in the court of law, if someone steps in and pays our fine, even though we are guilty, the judge can do what is legal and just and let us go free. That is what Jesus did almost 2,000 years ago on the cross. It was a legal transaction being fulfilled in the spiritual realm by the shedding of His blood with His last word’s on the cross crying out, “It is finished!” (John 19:30).

    For God takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked (Ezekiel 18:23). This is why in Isaiah chapter 53, where it speaks of the coming Messiah and His soul being a sacrifice for our sins, why it says it pleased God to crush His only begotten Son.

    This is because the wrath that we deserve was justified by being poured out upon His Son. If that wrath was poured out on us, we would all perish to hell forever. God created a way of escape by pouring it out on His Son whose soul could not be left in Hades but was raised and seated at the right hand of God in power.

    So now when we put on the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 13:14), where God no longer sees the person who deserves His wrath, but rather the glorious image of His perfect Son dwelling in us, justifying us as if we received the wrath we deserve, making a way of escape from the curse of death; now being conformed into the image of the heavenly man walking in a new nature, and no longer in the image of the fallen man Adam.

    Now what we must do is repent and put our trust and faith in the savior, confessing and forsaking our sins, and to receive His Holy Spirit that we may be born again (for Jesus says we must be born again to see and enter the Kingdom of God in John chapter 3). This is not just head knowledge of believing in Jesus, but rather receiving His words, taking them to heart, so that we may truly be transformed into the image of God. Where we no longer live to practice sin, but rather turn from our sins and practice righteousness through faith in Him in obedience to His Word by reading the Bible.

    Our works cannot save us, but they can condemn us; it is not that we earn our way into everlasting life, but that we obey our Lord Jesus Christ:

    Jesus says,

    “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ (Matthew 7:21-23)

    “And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him.” (Hebrews 5:9)

    “Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, ‘Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.’

    Then He who sat on the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new.’ And He said to me, ‘Write, for these words are true and faithful.’

    And He said to me, ‘It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son. But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.’” (Revelation 21:1-8)

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