AutoCAD or AutoCAD Electrical? A Productivity Study

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AutoCAD® Electrical software, part of the AutoCAD® family of products, is built specifically to create and modify electrical controls designs. Built-in reporting tools help eliminate errors and provide accurate information to manufacturing, allowing more time for design and engineering.

Productivity Study

A study was recently carried out on the productivity gains that users can expect to see when moving from basic AutoCAD to AutoCAD Electrical.

Key Findings

• Creation of new designs was 84% faster.
• Editing existing designs are 77% faster.
• Risk of errors was greatly reduced because of a 30% reduction in number of commands used.

To complete the same tasks, it required 36 minutes 52 seconds using basic AutoCAD software and only 7 minutes 37 seconds using AutoCAD Electrical software an 80% productivity gain.

AutoCAD Electrical contains many other features and benefits that enable users to profoundly increase their design efficiency and eliminate many of the errors caused by repetitive manual tasks. Maintaining consistency throughout the design process allows manufacturers to create products in shortened design cycles with less overall expense.


The ten typical workflow examples in this study have shown how the fundamental features in AutoCAD Electrical can help increase your overall productivity level. As these tasks are very basic, you may find an even greater increase in time savings when creating your own controls designs.

Read more about the details of this survey.

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