Rely on a comprehensive set of standards-based components to produce accurate mechanical drawings and get more consistent results on the shop floor.
Insert content and let AutoCAD Mechanical clean up the surrounding geometry so you don’t have to edit it manually.
The software supports international mechanical drafting standards and includes libraries of more than 700,000 standard parts, including:
Enhancements to the ISO 1302-2002 surface texture symbols support surface indication leaders.
You can attach these symbols to edges and they will remain associative to objects, but they originate from a surface or face and include the following:
Save time—use a specific tool for almost every aspect of the mechanical CAD drafting process.
Intelligent mechanical drafting tools help you re-edit features without having to remove and re-create the original feature. For example, you can easily resize a chamfer or fillet through the original dialog box parameters by double-clicking the chamfer or fillet.
The layer management system automatically places items on the correct layer─with correct color and linetype─as you create your mechanical drawing.
Update geometry automatically when changes occur and virtually eliminate time-consuming manual redrawing.
Improve productivity by defining simple foreground and background selections that automatically redraw geometry to show hidden or dashed lines of parts obstructed by other parts in your design.
Identical parts can have different geometrical appearances when hidden. AutoCAD Mechanical recognizes that they are still identical parts if you need to change the design or get an accurate count for the parts list. This helps you to save time and effort updating your 2D designs.
Get comprehensive tools to more efficiently build mechanisms from paper catalogs and manual calculations.
Built into the application environment, these machinery generator and calculator tools—including shaft, spring, belt, chain, and cam generators—help you make small, iterative changes to improve your mechanical drawing. They not only create parts according to your specifications, but they also create all the reports and calculations you need to analyze the design.
All part publishing features that apply to standard parts are available for custom parts.
AutoCAD Mechanical provides additional mechanical drawing and drafting options beyond what’s available in AutoCAD.
Geometrically and dimensionally constrain rectangles, symmetrical lines, and centerlines in mechanical drawings.
Create dimensions using abbreviated dialog boxes that conveniently control and expand only the relevant variables for manufacturing.
Increase productivity with tools that help you and your team deliver consistent, standards-based design documentation.
Create automated and associative part lists and BOMs specifically developed for manufacturing and that automatically update as the design changes.
AutoCAD Mechanical engineering software includes support for multiple parts lists for each drawing, collapsible assemblies, automatic recognition of standard parts, and customizable options so that features can be revised to match current company practices.
Change a design once, and updates ripple through the entire mechanical drawing to keep everyone on schedule, reducing costly stops in production from incorrect part counting, identification, and ordering.
Export or link BOM data to manufacturing resource planning (MRP), enterprise resource planning (ERP), or data management systems, such as Vault data management software.
Select multiple dimensions at once; see a real-time preview when modifications are made.
AutoCAD Mechanical software supports multiple templates. BOM setup is easier with automatic mapping of BOM properties and automatic creation of migration templates.
Quickly find your design content based on file objects or text attributes.
Content Explorer creates an index of your data based on where you instruct it to look, helping you to quickly access files, blocks, layers, linetypes, and styles, and enabling you to access and insert data into DWG™ files.
Check for disassociated annotations in the model space, as well as in each paper space layout.
Each disassociated annotation (such as dimension, leader note, or surface texture symbol) is flagged by an in-canvas badge, which also provides access to Delete and Reassociate commands, giving you complete feedback on the accuracy of your documentation.