Technology Requirements

If you require a new or updated computer, we recommend purchasing your laptop online from the KCAD Apple Store. We have set up bundles for your convenience.

If bundles are not available look at the following minimum system requirements for more detail. Be aware that you are not limited to these requirements and a larger or more powerful laptop will work as well.

The minimum system requirements for this program:

  • 15” MacBook Pro 2.3Ghz (or PC equivalent with 800 MHz 64-bit [x64] processor or faster with Windows 7(64bit), 8(64bit) or 8.1(64bit) operating system)
  • Additional Applecare Coverage

Windows based laptops will need at least the following requirements and are subject to department approval.

  • At least 4 gigabytes of RAM
  • At least 250 gigabytes of Hard Drive Space (550 MB for AutoDesk software)
  • Intel Core i3 Processor or Higher
  • 1024 x 768 True Color display (minimum)
  • 128 MB video adaptor card (minimum)
  • 256 MB or greater, direct 3D compatible 3D video adaptor card (recommended – not required)
  • 3-button mouse with scrolling capabilities


External Accessories

  • At least a 1TB External Hard Drive or larger for backup and storage of files

Recommended for Protection and Security

  • Laptop Bag or Cover for your MacBook Pro
  • Portable Laptop Lock

Software Ordering

  • Some software can be ordered directly from KCAD at a reduced cost for students
  • Go to the Technical Support Page for more information or Click Here to buy software that will be billed to your student account.
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