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New features in AutoCAD MEP 2017

AutoCAD® MEP mechanical, electrical, and plumbing drafting and documentation software includes new features that can help improve your productivity and workflow.

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    Construction & content

  • Section and elevation (enhanced) New

    You can now select objects in top-level Xrefs for editing when using the Edit Live Section command. A new setting in the properties for the 2D Section/Elevation result will force it to refresh when opening the drawing. In addition, grip states have been added to the section line to enable it to be modified without having to re-create it.

    Create and update 2D sections through dialog box reduction. To create a section, draw a section line. AutoCAD MEP generates a 2D section, based on the objects that are automatically included within the boundary of the section line. For even greater control, add and exclude additional objects.

  • Parallel routing improvements New

    You can now use parallel routing to have multiple objects follow the same routing preference and make connections automatically. Previously, to route and connect required respecifying the routing preference for each conduit or pipe. Simply making a straight connection required you to repeat the process for each connection afterward. Now, after the routing preference or connection for the first object is selected, all of the parallel objects will be completed.

    Productivity & usability

  • Style Browser (enhanced) New

    Explore Style Browser enhancements for AutoCAD MEP components, including more object types. You can now view, search, and add all system definitions from the Style Browser.

    Styles for devices, panels, plumbing fittings, and schematic symbol also now appear in the Style Browser. Click the binocular button next to the Routing Preferences in the Properties palette to display the routing preferences in the Style Browser.

    The Manage Content Library dialog now enables you to add a directory to the Content Library. MEP objects are grouped together, and when you expand an object node at the bottom of the drop-down list, the contents now scroll upward so all the objects under that node are visible.  

    The behavior of selecting system definitions has been standardized so the Style Browser will always be used. System definitions now include cable tray, conduit, and other electrical objects; and duct, pipe, plumbing, and schematic objects in the Object Type list.

    Routing preferences for conduit, duct, and pipe have been added to the Style Browser, helping reduce the size of MEP templates. In addition, the Style Browser now includes panels, devices, schematic symbols, and plumbing fittings.

    The Select Drawings dialog for the Content Library now includes A360. This enables you to share styles among geographically dispersed teams.

  • Assigning circuits New

    With the new CIRCUITASSIGN command, assign circuits to one or more selected devices directly using the command line.

    You can also find:

    • Information about the last used panel
    • A list of all the panels in the current drawing
    • A list of panels with all the circuits attached to them

    The PANELASSIGN command enables you to change the panel for multiple selected devices. If you select an object that is not a device, it is automatically filtered out of the list.

    You cannot assign devices that are not appropriate for the circuit. For example, you cannot assign a data connection to a power and lighting circuit.

    These new tools help improve your productivity when assigning circuits and changing panels.