What is it? AutoCAD is a Computer-Aided Design software application for 2D and 3D design and drafting. It is developed and sold by Autodesk Inc., along with related products like Inventor, Revit, Maya, 3ds Max Design, Fusion360, and ThinkerCAD. All available Autodesk products can be found here.
What can I use it for? Autodesk has announced that universities can use its software for educational purposes at no additional charge. Students, faculty, and staff can use AutoCAD and other Autodesk products for educational and academic research purposes. A commercial license is required for all other uses. For additional details, see the following link.
Where can I run it? The AutoCAD and other Autodesk products are available to faculty, staff, and students at UTK, UTM, UTHSC, and UTC for installation on university-owned and personal-owned Windows, Mac, and Linux computers. The installation instructions are on the OIT software download site. For UTK, Autodesk products are also available on OIT’s Apps@UT server and the computers in the OIT public computer labs.
How can I learn it? The Autodesk Forums can be used to learn AutoCAD and ask questions from other AutoCAD users. Many additional educational resources for AutoCAD can be found using LinkedIn Learning.
Where can I get support? OIT offers Minimal Support for AutoCAD and other products from Autodesk. For installation assistance, contact the OIT HelpDesk at 865-974-9900. You can also create a ticket or chat with an agent through the Autodesk Education site.