CAD Resources

Inventor and AutoCAD Access

Free Version of AutoCAD and Inventor (UCSD Students)

We recommend downloading the 2018 versions - this is the version installed on the school computers.
It is not possible to open 2019 version files in the 2018 version, or to open the 2018 version files in the 2017 version.

Note about Inventor for Mac:

Inventor can only be installed on a Mac using a Windows partition as detailed by Autodesk Support here. The TAs and instructors DO NOT RECOMMEND DOING THIS. Please use other options such as Virtual Machines (link below) or using the computer labs during evenings and weekends. If you are enrolled in class, you can find the door code here.

SolidProfessor Account (Required purchase for MAE3)

Virtual Machines Allow UCSD Software to run from any computer

* Instructions on how to sign up for and use these Virtual Machines can be found HERE!

Computer Lab

CAD Templates of Useful Parts and Standards for Hole Sizes

KEY CAD Tutorials Used in MAE 3:

Spatial Visualization iPad App

Mentioned by Prof. Lucas in lecture -

iPads can be used in the Envision Maker Studio after the online safety training is completed.

The Spatial Visualization App can be used with login:
    username: UCSD Username
    Password: PID with UPPER CASE "A"
    Class Code: MAE3SP17



Basic Tutorials:

Inventor Tutorials:

  • SAMCAD Tutorials, some extra tutorials by the student CAD club on learning to model in Inventor


    CAD Input Devices

    • A mouse with a scroll wheel is essential for 3D CAD.
    • SpaceNavigator and SpaceExlporer is widely used to increase CAD efficiency even more.

    Autodesk Student Expert Program

    • Program Description
    • To apply, email SAMCAD (Student Association of Modeling and Computer Aided Design) is the official recognized organization associated with the UCSD branch of the ASE program.
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