AutoCAD is better suited for general-purpose 2D and 3D drafting, while Solidworks excels in developing sophisticated 3D models and simulations. There is no way to say one of these is superior to the other because it depends upon your requirements. Comparing AutoCAD to Solidworks is an apples-to-oranges comparison.
In AutoCAD, it’s to draw projected views of an object. In SolidWorks, it’s to create a sketch that can be made into a 3D model. AutoCAD and SolidWorks both have features for 3D modeling too, but in SolidWorks, these features are more dominant, while in AutoCAD they’re more of a hidden toolset.
Is SolidWorks easier than AutoCAD?
If a complete novice were to consider both programs, AutoCAD is the easier program to use, and then with a basic understanding of 2D drafting the user could progress to 3D modeling and more complex designs that would include multiple parts, assemblies and animations.
Can you use SolidWorks like AutoCAD?
2 Answers. SolidWorks allows it’s users the great designing experience and higher user interface. If you are more familiar with AutoCAD then you can do your work as same as you do in autocad. you just have to activate the “SolidWorks 2D Emulator” add-in.
Is it necessary to learn AutoCAD before SolidWorks?
AutoCAD is not a per-requisite of SolidWorks so no! you don’t need to learn AutoCAD before starting with SolidWorks. About your original question, AutoCAD is a very powerful 2D software and most of the architectural plans and some of the mechanical designs are done in it.