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What is a blueprint?

Blueprints are designs used to create buildings, products, and more. Blueprints got their name from the historic process of creating technical drawings on paper coated with a chemical mixture that would turn the background blue while the drawing lines remained white when exposed to light.

The difference between blueprints and floor plans

Blueprints are detailed drawings referenced to build something. They can include many types of drawings and diagrams such as floor plans, elevations, and details. A floor plan shows a bird’s-eye view of a building or structure and typically displays the location of walls, fixtures, and furniture.

How to read blueprints

Learn the fundamentals to get started in creating and navigating blueprints.


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    Take the mystery out of reading blueprints by learning how to read blueprint symbols.


    Get to know how construction documents are organized so you can find your way around blueprints.

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Blueprint design resources

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Frequently asked questions on blueprint design

Technical drawings known as blueprints include details and measurements that illustrate how to build or design a structure or object. Blueprints were originally negative reproductions of hand-drawn plans that show up as white lines on blue paper. Today, computer-aided drawing programs like AutoCAD make blueprint drawing easier and more accurate.

Hardcopy architectural blueprints are bulky, difficult to share with multiple stakeholders, expensive to reproduce, and are often a struggle to keep updated. Digital blueprints, created with architectural software like Autodesk’s 2022 Architecture toolset, make it easier to create, update, and share technical blueprint drawings.

Fusion 360 is a 3D CAE, CAM, and CAD platform that allows architects to import sketches and reference material to create representational architectural designs and blueprints. See this video to learn how to create a blueprint in Fusion 360.

There are a number of blueprint software programs that can make creating blueprints easier and more accurate than hand drawing. The Autodesk Architecture, Engineering & Construction Collection of software delivers integrated tools that support fast, efficient, and accurate technical drawing, including blueprints.

Blueprints include all the technical details about a project. They will include floorplans showing the layout of each floor or structure section; elevation drawings of each side of the structure and notes about exterior finishes; foundation drawings including footings and bearing walls; cutaway or cross-section details that show how various parts of the structure fit together; an electrical layout for each level noting where lighting, outlets, switches, or circuits should be placed; framing and roof plans; plumbing and mechanical systems layout; and a plot plan that shows all the structures or features on a piece of property.

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