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Inspired by AutoCAD

Inspired by our past, engineered for the future

With millions of users over more than 30 years, AutoCAD is proud to be the software of choice for many of the world’s cutting-edge architects, designers, and engineers. From a tower in Shanghai to the table in your living room, innovators use AutoCAD to create the world around us, and we want to help you join them. Be inspired, find the right AutoCAD for your needs, explore exciting new features, and learn about the benefits of subscription – all right here. Design your own future with AutoCAD.

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    Fuso Co.: Thinking Smart About Water

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