Revit or AutoCAD

Revit and AutoCAD are some of the most requested design solutions. They are used both in working with two-dimensional (2D) drawings and for 3D modeling. Therefore, many novice designers or organizations who think about the introduction of new software are faced with a choice: which one to prefer?

Key difference:

  • AutoCAD - basic geometry, digital drafting
  • Revit - Big Dataset Information Model (BIM Design)

Now let's talk about the purpose of the programs and their differences more detailed.


AutoCAD is used both for designing in 2D and for drawing models, creating drawings, and developing documentation. AutoCAD is used both as a tool for 3D modeling and for visualization of objects.

Experts find AutoCAD to be well suited for designing precise line subassemblies.

In addition, this solution allows you to easily create freeform shapes, which affects the freedom of creativity.

Note that, since AutoCAD dates back to the distant 80s of the 20th century, initially there were no tools for 3D design, but then this functionality was added..


Revit allows you to develop not just 3D models for a project, but also specify physical properties for them, interactions between elements, and even prices for building materials. All of this, as it is added, is reflected in the digital model of your object (building or structure), all related drawings and documentation are updated and this allows you to both get maximum information about the project, and avoid mistakes, establish collaboration more effectively.

But Revit gives you less creative freedom. Drawing arbitrary shapes is less convenient here.. 

AutoCAD or Revit: what to choose

Below we have prepared a short list of additional differences between the programs:


  • flexible interface customization, but the interface itself is more difficult to master
  • It takes a long time to make changes to the project, changes are not synchronized
  • easy to create animation


  • simple interface but less customizable
  • simple and intuitive way to make changes, changes are visible at once in all drawings
  • Possible to create animation, but it is a more complicated process


Both solutions offer rich and powerful functionality for a wide variety of tasks. When you need to create a digital model, you should prefer Revit, and when you need creative freedom and you are creating a simple building model, you should prefer AutoCAD.

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