2D CAD drafting and drawing

Autodesk offers robust 2D drawing and drafting software to increase efficiencies, enhance collaboration on projects and make the design process more fun.

Architects working with AutoCAD to laser cut architectural models.

What is 2D CAD software?

2D CAD software offers increased design productivity and can lead to faster project approvals, giving various teams real-time access to the most current versions of a design and any adjustments. From technical drawings to landscaping layouts, replicate designs easily, modify them quickly and share them instantly with colleagues anywhere in the world.

Close-up view of an architect working on blueprints.

2D drawing

Create technical drawings with an array of features, including adjustable line styles, closed shapes and crosshatching. 2D CAD offers the ability to save settings, annotate drawings and easily replicate fonts, styles and colour pallets. Its collaborative interface increases efficiency with multiple-component projects, such as product design or illustrations.

People using AutoCAD in a mobile environment.

2D drafting

2D CAD software makes it easier to seamlessly take concepts from the drawing/design phase to the drafting phase that fleshes out precise dimensions and scale. Architects, engineers and construction professionals will appreciate the built-in efficiency in AutoCAD, offering features that streamline the drawing process alongside integrated workflows. Develop landscaping layouts, floor plans and more. View and collaborate on plans across a multitude of devices, including desktop, web and mobile.

What can you design with 2D CAD software?

Rendering of the BIM City Westside Hospital data set illustrating a structural view.

Architectural floor plans

The special arrangement of windows, doors, interior and exterior spaces is essential to any architectural design project.


Rendering of a front loader with an engineering drawing underlay.

Technical drawings

From product assembly to engineering layouts, technical drawings are better with the accuracy of 2D CAD software.


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Kitchen design by Alika Design.

Interior design

The interplay of colour, texture, light and space can be expertly depicted in 2D CAD software.


Image courtesy of Alika Design

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Landscape design

Designing a landscape layout requires notating every detail of plant species and hardscape material.


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Sports center rendering created using AutoCAD

2D to 3D CAD software

Bring complex ideas to life by turning 2D drawings into 3D models with integrated software from Autodesk. Streamline digital workflows for design, visualisation and 3D simulation to transform the 2D-to-3D creative process.

2D and 3D CAD tools, with enhanced insights, AI-automations, and collaboration features. Subscription includes AutoCAD on desktop, web, mobile, and seven specialized toolsets.

Best-in-class tool for 2D CAD drafting, drawing and documentation. Subscription includes AutoCAD LT on desktop, web and mobile.

Draught, annotate and add field data to your drawings online via your web browser or mobile device. Access and edit DWG files and quickly collaborate with AutoCAD users on designs.

See how customers are using 2D CAD software

Dining area of Burnside Cottage kitchen renovation.


AutoCAD LT opens doors for interior designer

Interior designer highlights her skills with AutoCAD LT to land a new job and creates a competitive advantage for the firm.

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Building exterior of Marriott International’s Moxy hotel


Moxy hotel blends fun and design with AutoCAD LT

Discover how Tokyo-based Wise Labo blends fun, inspiration and AutoCAD LT for the design of the Moxy Hotel in Osaka.


Image courtesy of Marriott International, Inc./Moxy Hotels

Nature’s Designs garden design.


Helping a landscape design business blossom

A landscape designer shares the inspiration to start her own business and how AutoCAD LT helps her succeed with the design process.


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FAQs on 2D CAD software

What are the advantages of 2D over 3D CAD drafting?

There are several advantages of 2D CAD drafting compared to 3D CAD drafting. 2D CAD drafting tools from Autodesk are easy to use. You can digitally create design components along with precise dimensions, even incorporating details from previously built designs. Then, when changes need to be made, the 2D CAD tool automatically calculates the changes in different factors, driving efficiency into project management.

Is 2D CAD easier than 3D CAD?

If you are concerned about 2D CAD ease of use, start with AutoCAD LT. It features an intuitive user interface, collaboration tools and more. When you’re ready, you can more easily learn how to use the tools built into AutoCAD 2D drawing via video tutorials. Learn how to create and organisation 2D objects, modify 2D objects, plot a drawing layout and more. Then, the skills you learn with AutoCAD 2D make a great foundation for 3D drawing.

What is 2D CAD design?

2D drafting and drawing is the process of creating and editing technical drawings, as well as annotating designs. Drafters use computer-aided design (CAD) software to develop floor plans, building permit drawings, building inspection plans and landscaping layouts.

CAD software for 2D drafting can be used to draft designs faster and with greater precision without using stencils and technical drawing instruments. 2D CAD software also allows users to document and annotate drawings with text, dimensions, leaders and tables.

Can 2D CAD be used for civil engineering?

AutoCAD 2D and 3D software is ideal for civil engineering and infrastructure design. 2D drawings are especially useful in drawing plans, sections and elevations, drafting working drawings of buildings and creating inspection plans and permit drawings. AutoCAD 2D and 3D software includes civil engineering toolsets and improved workflow across desktop, web and mobile devices.

Can you make a 2D drawing from a 3D model in AutoCAD?

Make a 2D drawing from a 3D model simple by using AutoCAD from Autodesk by using the FlatShot command. This command allows you to create a flattened, 2D representation of the 3D model projected onto the XY plane. The resulting objects can be inserted as a block or saved as a separate drawing.

Is 2D CAD software only for blueprints?

2D CAD drafting, designing and drawing tools from Autodesk are versatile and deliver efficiency for creating different types of technical drawings. Designers, drafters, architects and engineers appreciate the built-in industry-specific tool sets that make it easier to visualise concepts and simulate designs. See how 2D computer aided design software works for interior design (.uk), landscape design and architectural design.

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