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Autodesk: Getting Started

Autodesk Software Available

Autodesk makes a many of their subscription-based products available for free to qualified students and staff at Mohawk. Below is a curated list of software that is a mix of completely free-to-use, and software that is available free-to-use with an Educational License. To see a full list of software available, visit the Autodesk Education Hub.


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AutoCAD is Autodesk's flagship product. Its purpose is to allow architects, designers, and other engineering professionals to create, edit, or communicate their 2D or 3D designs.

Civil 3D

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Civil 3D is used for civil infrastructure design, as well as documentation for transportation, land development, and water and wastewater projects.


Revit Logo
Revit is a Building Information Modeling (BIM) software. It allows architects, designers, builders, and other construction professionals to work together on different aspects of a shared project simultaneously.


Maya Logo
Maya is a robust 3D design software used primarily to create animated scenes and assets for film, television, video games, and architecture.

3ds Max

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3ds Max is a 3D modeling and rendering software that is primarily used to create 3D models, game assets, and for projects that don't involve motion.

Character Generator

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Character Designer is an online tool that can be used to quickly customize and download rigged 3D characters from a catalog of over 100 body types, outfits, hairstyles, etc. for use in either Maya or 3ds Max.


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Tinkercad is a Constructive Solid Geometry (CSG)-based modeling tool that is completely free. It has an easy-to-use online app for 3D design, electronics, and coding.

Fusion 360

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Fusion 360 is a CAD program, typically used for consumer product design. It has a free trial that can be extended indefinitely, even without an Education License.


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Inventor is a program used for 3D mechanical design, simulation, visualization, and documentation. Inventor includes powerful modeling tools as well as CAD translation capabilities, nesting functions, and more.