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AutoCAD Mechanical Developer Center

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AutoCAD Mechanical Platform Technologies | Autodesk Developer Network

Built for manufacturing, AutoCAD® Mechanical engineering design software includes all the functionality of AutoCAD, plus libraries of standards-based parts and tools to help accelerate mechanical CAD.

  • Blogs

    The Mod the Machine from ADN Team is a useful resource for software developers working with Autodesk Infrastructure Modeling technologies.

  • Public discussion groups provide an open forum for sharing knowledge and receiving support. Join the AutoCAD Map 3D Developer Discussion Group. You may also find useful software development information in AutoCAD customization discussion groups.

  • Easily extend the power of AutoCAD using apps created for the end user community.

  • Get easy access to Forge APIs and documentation, tutorials, GitHub samples, support and more for Autodesk cloud-based software and components in your own web and mobile applications.

  • Learning

    Several source code samples showing how to use AutoCAD Mechanical are included with the SDK (download links below). These samples are located in the “sample” subfolder.

Documentation and Samples

Several source code samples showing how to use AutoCAD Mechanical are included with the SDK (download links below). These samples are located in the “sample” subfolder.

The “doc” subfolder in AutoCAD Mechanical SDK contains C++ API reference guide (“acadmcpp.chm”).

AutoCAD Mechanical Developer’s Guide

Any task you can perform within AutoCAD Mechanical can be automated with macros, scripts, or custom external programs. This guide shows you how to use Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) macros to control the program, saving time in repetitive or specialized tasks, helping to enforce company standards, and easing collaboration with other AutoCAD Mechanical users.

AutoCAD Mechanical ActiveX and VBA Reference Guide

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Tools

When developing on AutoCAD Mechanical, you can also use the Object ARX SDK.

Software Development Kit (SDK)

The SDK contains libraries, header files, documentation, and samples for AutoCAD Mechanical APIs, which provide object-oriented C++ programming interfaces for developers to use, customize, and extend AutoCAD Mechanical software. Please refer to the readme for changes to this release of SDK.

AutoCAD Mechanical SDK

ActiveX (COM Automation)

AutoCAD Mechanical ActiveX Automation contains three parts of type libraries, including SymBBAuto (Symbols, Balloons, and Bills Of Materials), AcadmAuto (AutoCAD Mechanical), and GeAuto (Geometry). These type libraries provide ActiveX® interfaces in AutoCAD Mechanical software to automate AutoCAD Mechanical from other applications via COM automation.

Note: Microsoft is no longer offering VBA distribution licenses to new customers as of July 1, 2007 and has indicated that there are no plans to provide VBA product enhancements in the future. As a result of this, though Autodesk will continue to “unofficially” support VBA in its 2011 products, software developers are strongly encouraged to base all future Microsoft Windows based development for AutoCAD based products on the Microsoft .NET Framework (VB .NET, C#, managed C++ etc). Download the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications Module (VBA) here.

Autodesk Developer Network

ADN OPEN

For more information on Autodesk desktop product customization and APIs please visit Autodesk Developer Network Open. 

ADN MEMBERSHIP

If you need more professional customization support, consider joining the Autodesk Developer Network. that includes direct support, and development product licenses.

Resources

ACCESS AUTODESK SOFTWARE FOR FREE

Trial versions are available for most Autodesk products. Download your free 30-days trial version today. You can obtain Autodesk desktop software for development use on an on-going basis by joining ADN.

AUTODESK CLOUD TECHNOLOGIES

All the information and resources needed to use Autodesk cloud-based software and components in your own web and mobile applications can be found on the Autodesk Forge Developer Portal. Get easy access to Forge APIs and documentation, tutorials, GitHub samples, support and more.

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