Autodesk AutoCAD OEM

Autodesk AutoCAD OEM

The AutoCAD® OEM CAD development platform provides tools to build custom AutoCAD® software-based products for specific markets and to extend design information to users outside the traditional CAD community. Easily create industry-specific products that offer only the features, commands, menus, and design data your customers require. AutoCAD OEM is licensed to independent software developers, corporate developers, and system integrators who need to build products that can read and create DWG™ files that are fully compatible with AutoCAD DWG.


Customize AutoCAD® with the OEM CAD development platform. This platform supports the following programming environments.

C++ in AutoCAD OEM
The ObjectARX® programming environment provides an object-oriented, C++ API for developers to use, customize, and extend the AutoCAD OEM development platform. ObjectARX provides the greatest level of performance, functionality, and integration through direct access to AutoCAD OEM software's internal objects, database structures, graphics system, command registration, and processing.
Visual LISP in AutoCAD OEM
For development and debugging, the Visual LISP® environment incorporates a LISP integrated development environment (IDE) into AutoCAD OEM.
Microsoft .NET Framework Programming Support
Customize AutoCAD with OEM technology, which now provides managed wrapper classes that enable you to use the Microsoft® .NET Framework and to write programs in other languages, such as Visual Basic® .NET and C#.
The ObjectARX managed wrapper classes now include sophisticated selection, jig, and prompt support, complete events coverage previously only available to C++ reactors, and an application object model to give you convenient and readily discoverable access to the properties of the application, document, editor, and window objects of AutoCAD. .NET applications can easily create dockable palettes and tool palettes and can extend tabbed dialogs. The geometry library now includes 2D curves, and support for external references has been added.
Microsoft Visual Basic in AutoCAD OEM
AutoCAD OEM now supports VBA 7.1 for both 32 and 64 bit versions. However, the Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) engine is no longer provided with your AutoCAD OEM installation media. Please contact your Autodesk ISV partner representative for more information.

For 32-Bit and 64-Bit AutoCAD OEM 2018

  • Microsoft® Windows® 7 SP1, Microsoft Windows 8.1 with Update KB2919355, Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit only)
  • 4 GB (8 GB Recommended) RAM
  • 8 GB free disk space for installation
  • 10 GB free disk space for development for large datasets and 3D modeling
  • 1920x1080 (or higher recommended) with True Color. 125% Desktop Scaling (120 DPI) or less recommended
  • Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 11 or later
  • Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2015 update 3 (with C++ option installed)
  • Available as download only
Notes: AutoCAD® OEM 32-bit software cannot be installed on a 64-bit Windows® operating system. AutoCAD® OEM 64-bit software cannot be installed on a 32-bit Windows® operating system.

The ObjectARX® programming environment provides object-oriented C++, C#, and VB .NET application programming interfaces for developers to use, customize, and extend AutoCAD® software and AutoCAD-based products, such as AutoCAD® Architecture, AutoCAD® Mechanical, and AutoCAD® Civil 3D® software.

A separate version of ObjectARX for AutoCAD® OEM is included with the toolkit. Customizations that are made for an OEM based application must be built against the OEM specific SDK.