Will drafting and AutoCAD be obsolete soon, replaced by 3D software?

I’ve read an article recently claiming that AutoCAD and drafting will become obsolete soon and everything will be done with 3D software.

Do you think this it true?

Are AutoCAD’s days numbered?

Here’s an interesting article on the future of CAD: http://www.industryweek.com/cloud-computing/shaping-future-cad


Cad Answers Editor: Edited for clarity.

Asked on April 28, 2017 in AutoCAD.
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I can’t really get what you are trying to say but, yes I think it seems so that the industry is moving towards the more specialized programs (Inventor-Solid Works for Mechanical Design / Revit for Structural and Civil Work , etc….)

AutoCAD is a drafting tool used by almost all engineers (All Engineers need a 2D Draft to work with), yet it’s apparent that current 3D CAD Software can easily generate those drafts easy, you no longer have to think (as funny as this sound- some colleagues here know so little about design and drafting), yet produce premium quality designs with perfect drafting and working drawings.


not just this but current software gives you the ability to use your drawings in presentations as well, showing where each part goes(Exploding view) and how to assemble the product


Yes, it seems that the industry is moving towards 3D programs but whether or not the current 2D generations will fade away, we only have time to tell but I guess so, yes.

Answered on April 29, 2017.
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In my opinion, REVIT can replace AutoCAD since this software is easier to use in the sense that you can produce sections and elevations from a single model. It is a time-saver, and cost-efficient.

Answered on November 25, 2017.
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Not replace as much as integrate and evolve. I think drafting architectural details in 2D is certainly necessary for project documentation and detailed drawing plans production, so it’s only a matter of integrating the drafting workflow with the 3D modeling workflow. You can see this already happening with most BIM software available out there.

Answered on August 5, 2020.
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