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AutoCAD OEM Developer Center

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The AutoCAD® OEM CAD development platform provides tools to build custom AutoCAD® software-based products for specific markets and to extend design information to users outside the traditional CAD community. Easily create industry-specific products that offer only the features, commands, menus, and design data your customers require. AutoCAD OEM is licensed to independent software developers, corporate developers, and system integrators who need to:

  • Deliver a product that requires CAD software functionality but is not targeted at traditional CAD users.
  • Build products that can read and create DWG™ files that are fully compatible with AutoCAD DWG.
  • Create host programs that run an application in a child window or through a web page.
  • Deliver products with scaled feature sets at scaled price points and provide an AutoCAD-based platform that cannot be customized or extended by end users.
  • Replace an aging CAD software system and take advantage of new custom AutoCAD software technologies.

AutoCAD OEM software development platform licensing is handled globally by our partner Tech Soft 3D. To learn more about licensing AutoCAD OEM please go to the Tech Soft 3D AutoCAD OEM page or click here to start an evaluation.

  • Blogs

    Get news, expert tips and insider resources directly from Autodesk software engineers

  • Take part in active API discussion forums moderated by Autodesk software engineers. AutoCAD OEM is based entirely on the AutoCAD platform and so the AutoCAD discussion groups can be very helpful. Find them here.

  • Get easy access to Forge APIs and documentation, tutorials, GitHub samples, support and more for Autodesk cloud-based software and components in your own web and mobile applications..

Showcase

AutoCAD® OEM–based design software enables sales associates at Knoll, a contract furniture manufacturer, to shorten sales cycles by creating 3D drawings of customers' designs quickly and easily. Customers also receive speedier confirmation of availability and estimated prices, which helps simplify their purchasing decisions..

CIM-TECH, a leading supplier of CAM software for controlling CNC woodworking machines, used AutoCAD® OEM as the engine for its latest version of Router-CIM.

Learning

Features
The AutoCAD OEM software development platform includes features and improvements that can save time and add security, while you build custom AutoCAD-based software products. Learn more about AutoCAD OEM key features here.

Development Interfaces
The AutoCAD OEM platform supports the ObjectARX programming environment, Visual LISP, ActiveX, and standard AutoCAD tools for customizing menus, toolbars, and quick keys. See additional details here.

Frequently Asked Questions
Find answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about AutoCAD OEM CAD development software here.

System Requirements

For 64-Bit AutoCAD OEM 2022

  • Operating system: 64-bit Microsoft Windows 10. See Autodesk’s Product Support Lifecycle for support information.
  • Processor: 3+ GHz CPU or faster
    Single- or Multi-Core Intel®, Xeon®, or i-Series 64-bit processor or AMD® equivalent to SSE2 technology. Highest affordable CPU speed rating is recommended.
    Note: AutoCAD® software-based products utilize multiple cores for many tasks.
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM or more
  • Disk space: 10 GB free disk space for installation and development
  • Graphics display: 1920x1080 with True Color (1080p)
  • Display card: 4 GB GPU with 106 GB/S Bandwidth and DirectX12 compliant
  • Internet browser: Google™ Chrome™ or Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 11 and later
  • Development environment: Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2019 version 16.7 (with C++ option installed) and .NET 4.8
  • Installation: Download only

For 64-Bit AutoCAD OEM 2021

  • Operating system: See Autodesk’s Product Support Lifecycle for support information
  • Processor: 3+ GHz CPU or faster
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM or more
  • Disk space: 8 GB free disk space for installation
  • Disk space (development): 10 GB free disk space for development for large datasets and 3D modeling
  • Graphics display: 1920x1080 with True Color (1080p)
  • Internet browser: Google™ Chrome™ or Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 11 and later
  • Development environment: Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2019 (with C++ option installed) and .NET 4.8
  • Installation: Download only

For 64-Bit AutoCAD OEM 2020

  • Operating system: See Autodesk’s Product Support Lifecycle for support information
  • Processor: 3+ GHz CPU or faster
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM or more
  • Disk space: 6 GB free disk space for installation
  • Disk space (development): 10 GB free disk space for development for large datasets and 3D modeling
  • Graphics display: 1920x1080 with True Color. 125% Desktop Scaling (120 DPI) or less recommended
  • Internet browser: Google™ Chrome™ or Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 11 and later
  • Development environment: Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2017 Update 2 (with C++ option installed) and .NET 4.7
  • Installation: Download only

For 32-Bit and 64-Bit AutoCAD OEM 2019

  • Operating system: Microsoft® Windows® 7 SP1 (32-bit & 64-bit), Microsoft Windows 8.1 with Update KB2919355 (32-bit & 64-bit), Microsoft Windows 10 Anniversary Update (64-bit only) (version 1607 or higher)
    See Autodesk’s Product Support Lifecycle for support information
  • Processor: 3+ GHz CPU or faster
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM or more
  • Disk space: 6 GB free disk space for installation
  • Disk space (development): 10 GB free disk space for development for large datasets and 3D modeling
  • Graphics display: 1920x1080 with True Color. 125% Desktop Scaling (120 DPI) or less recommended
  • Internet browser: Google™ Chrome™ or Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 11 and later
  • Development environment: Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2017 Update 2 (with C++ option installed) and .NET 4.7
  • Installation: Download only

For 32-Bit and 64-Bit AutoCAD OEM 2018

  • Operating system: Microsoft® Windows® 7 SP1 (32-bit & 64-bit), Microsoft Windows 8.1 with Update KB2919355 (32-bit & 64-bit), Microsoft Windows 10 Anniversary Update (64-bit only) (version 1607 or higher)
    See Autodesk’s Product Support Lifecycle for support information
  • Processor: 1+ GHz CPU or faster
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM or more
  • Disk space: 8 GB free disk space for installation
  • Disk space (development): 10 GB free disk space for development for large datasets and 3D modeling
  • Graphics display: 1920x1080 with True Color. 125% Desktop Scaling (120 DPI) or less recommended
  • Internet browser: Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 11 and later
  • Development environment: Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2015 Update 3 (with C++ option installed) and .NET 4.6
  • Installation: Download only

Notes: AutoCAD® OEM 32-bit software cannot be installed on a 64-bit Windows® operating system. AutoCAD® OEM 64-bit software cannot be installed on a 32-bit Windows® operating system.

Licensing

AutoCAD OEM licensing is handled globally by our partner, Tech Soft 3D.

Please visit the Tech Soft 3D AutoCAD OEM page to learn more about licensing AutoCAD OEM. To contact Tech Soft 3D about licensing the AutoCAD OEM development platform please contact Tech Soft 3D or start an AutoCAD OEM evaluation.

Autodesk Developer Network

ADN OPEN

For more information on Autodesk desktop product customization and APIs please visit Autodesk Developer Network Open. 

ADN MEMBERSHIP

If you need more professional customization support, consider joining the Autodesk Developer Network. that includes direct support, and development product licenses.

Resources

ACCESS AUTODESK SOFTWARE FOR FREE

Trial versions are available for most Autodesk products. Download your free 30-days trial version today. You can obtain Autodesk desktop software for development use on an on-going basis by joining ADN.

AUTODESK CLOUD TECHNOLOGIES

All the information and resources needed to use Autodesk cloud-based software and components in your own web and mobile applications can be found on the Autodesk Forge Developer Portal. Get easy access to Forge APIs and documentation, tutorials, GitHub samples, support and more.

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