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Get a good grasp of AutoCAD

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Developed in the early 1980s, AutoCAD is considered the most popular design software used in fields such as drafting and engineering where 2D and 3D presentations are extensively used.

With AutoCAD, blueprints can be created without the need for time-consuming drafting tools and techniques. Interior designers also use it to specify the placement of design elements and fixtures, and, in 3D, provide clients a fair idea of how the space will look like once all work is completed.

If you are a civil engineer, draftsman or designer, and you want to update and upgrade your design skills, then getting some training in AutoCAD software would certainly aid you in the visualization, alteration and execution of design-related work.

AutoCAD training establishments in the UAE offer programs that cover the bases such as the uses of AutoCAD, drawing essentials, manipulation of objects, commands, techniques, shortcuts, toolbars, modelling, etc. Some establishments in the UAE giving training courses in AutoCAD offer basic and advanced levels of training as well as private and group classes.

Keen designers and hobbyists who want to try their hand at different design software can browse on the Internet and get the latest in design software for free. Aside from AutoCAD Student Version, you can also try Google SketchUp, DraftIT, Rhino 5 (full trial version) and DraftSight. Other design software options you might want to explore include Sweet Home 3D, Blender and Sculptris.

Handy Hints:

• AutoCAD is the most popular design software

• It is extensively used in engineering, architecture, etc.

• Other design software are SketchUp, Rhino, etc

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The writer is a freelancer