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AutoCAD 2D and 3D. What’s the difference?


At Metro College of Technology we offer AutoCAD 2D & 3D course that can be taken as a certificate course or as a part of Mechanical, CNC, Structural and Civil Engineering diploma programs. Many positions in engineering field, such as drafters, designers, technicians and technologists, use AutoCAD for drafting and design purpose. You might have a question about what are the differences between AutoCAD 2D and 3D. Here is our answer.

  • A 2D CAD system lets the user work only in the x and y axis, basically up and down, left and right. You can make objects look like 3D, similar to how you would draw on paper using various drafting tools (triangles, French curves, etc.). This type of CAD system can be relatively less expensive than its 3D counterpart, and is useful for drawings showing floor plans, elevations, and certain views of objects such as top, front, right side.
  • A 3D CAD system lets the user work in the XYZ axis. Think of it as creating and working with actual material. If you create a cube in 3D and rotate it, it will still look like a cube. Objects can be created as solid models, line by line wireframes, etc. High end 3D CAD systems can be very expensive. A license can cost you easily from $3,000 to $20,000 or more, depending on how you are going to use it.

 If you are interested to take AutoCAD 2D and 3D at Metro College of Technology, please call us at 416-585-9880 to schedule your consultation and a possible trial class. Please visit AutoCAD for more information.