Differences Between AutoCAD & TurboCAD

By Ann Struble

CAD software is one of the tools that architects use in their design process.
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CAD (computer-aided design) programs are geared towards assisting in the design of various projects, including architecture, bridges, roads, electrical wiring layouts and furniture. TurboCAD and AutoCAD are two types of CAD software available. Since it can work off of most AutoCAD-designed projects, switching to TurboCAD makes for an easy transition that doesn't require redesigning projects.

Who Uses AutoCAD

AutoCAD is generally used by drafters. According to education-portal.com, AutoCAD is most commonly used in the following specialized areas: mechanical drafting, architectural drafting, civil drafting, electrical drafting, electronics drafting and aeronautical drafting. This means that AutoCAD is used to design residential and commercial architecture, machinery and mechanical devices, bridges, sewer systems, roadways and electrical system wiring layouts.

Who Uses TurboCAD

Theatrical designers use TurboCAD to help design lighting, ground plans and see section views. There is a Furniture Maker TurboCAD that aids interior designers and woodworkers. The majority of TurboCAD software is geared toward architectural design, and is therefore used by architectural drafters as well as interior designers.

2D and 3D Imaging

This is where TurboCAD and AutoCAD are similar: They both offer 2D (2 dimensional) and 3D (3 dimensional) images.

Photorealistic Rendering

TurboCAD Pro 17 and Deluxe 17 both offer photorealistic rendering, which assists in creating an image that looks as if a picture has been taken of the project. This is quite helpful in getting an idea of how the end product will look before beginning physical work on the project.