AutoCAD Mechanical

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AutoCAD® Mechanical design software is AutoCAD software built for manufacturing. Part of the Digital Prototyping solution, it includes all the functionality of AutoCAD, plus libraries of standards-based parts and tools to help automate common mechanical CAD tasks and accelerate the mechanical design process.

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AutoCAD Mech review by <span>Chris D.</span>
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AutoCAD Mechanical 2018 has made some simple yet very effective improvements.

What do you like best?

The overall look of AutoCAD Mechanical 2018 is very similar to past versions of the last few years but has some added visualization improvements that make working in it a little more comfortable for beginners and legacy users alike. The previews of commands while applying them gives you a great visual on what you are about to do to help you avoid re-work or re-inputs of commands.

What do you dislike?

For an old school designer like myself, I have not liked the push to eliminate the classic menus. Whenever I deploy new installations within my company, I spend time customizing certain some workstations to utilize the classic menu's including my own. I can work a lot faster using classic menus and icons to do the work than I can with the Ribbon style of commands. In 2018 versions, I have noticed that some of the classic menus are no longer available. This is a bad move by Autodesk in my opinion. Since about 2015 or so, they have hidden the classic menus and they have to be turned on using the MENUBAR (from 0 to 1) and the -TOOLBAR command lines to get your toolbars turned back on. Be sure to save your customized WORKSPACE when you are finished.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are a old school classic user/administrator like me, turn on the classic menubar using the command MENUBAR and set the parameter from 0 to 1. Then use the -TOOLBAR (must include the dash) and enter STANDARD which will turn on the standard toolbar. You can then drag that toolbar to the side and then right-click in the gray area close to the toolbar and see the selection of other classic toolbars to turn on. For most now, you will use the RIBBON style (similar to MS Office programs) for commands. Either way, this is a great and easy to use design program that can assist any level of user for many applications.

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We use AutoCAD Mechanical for some 2D layouts and a lot of electrical schematics. As an engineering firm, AutoCAD Mechanical is very useful for our designs and internal projects. While INVENTOR is used for most designs of parts and assemblies these days, there are some things you just can't do with INVENTOR or at least do simply with INVENTOR that AutoCAD Mechanical can do.

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AutoCAD Mech review by User in Machinery
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2d layouts

What do you like best?

Great program for doing floor plans & plant layouts, this also works great for doing gaskets and some sheet metal flat patterns. another benefit of this program is it works in several engineering areas like civil, arch and Mech.

What do you dislike?

I wish there was more dynamic input change line length by adjusting the dimension. finding commands and buttons as well as creating drawings and printing can be a challenge.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are purely doing 2D type work this is good software if you are doing anything 3D this software will not work. it can be difficult to learn if you are not familiar with drafting or drafting software.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I used it for machine stack ups and floor layouts. Its an almost universal software/file type almost anyone in industry can open & read and/or modify the drawings make it great for collaboration and working with customers to get exactly what they need/want

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AutoCAD Mech review by <span>Josef O.</span>
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AutoCAD has been the standard for years, and still works well for CAD.

What do you like best?

It's simple, intuitive, and can still be used by those of us who originally learned AutoCAD. It's a familiar package and continues to support legacy CAD packages. It's easy to manipulate in 2d, and works fantastically for drawings, especially when you might want to highlight certain features or geometry without recreating the part or creating section views (in simple terms).

What do you dislike?

Newer CAD platforms seem to offer so much more, in terms of user-friendliness and intuitive GUI. There are still a few basic things that AutoCAD should be able to do that it does not, in terms of advanced tools, surfacing, and complex features and assemblies. But typically, if you're using AutoCAD, you aren't in need of those things.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you have some repetitive drawing work that you need for production, this would be my go-to, especially for relatively simple assemblies that might just need a few small geometric or length changes. Anything more complex, like complex 3d assembly, advanced mates, features, or surfaces, I'd probably recommend something else.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

CAD for conveying family-type cable assemblies and repetitive drawing features and tables that other CAD programs are too cumbersome to use (due to being too feature rich).

AutoCAD Mech review by <span>Demitri G.</span>
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Excellent 2D CAD software

What do you like best?

I like that most of my keyboard commands have stayed the same over the years. This is by far the best 2D CAD software on the market.

What do you dislike?

I don't like that a few of my often used commands have been removed.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you need to do 2D drawings, this is the only software you need to look at. This is the best.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am designing pump layouts and BO)M's with this software to give to customers. The customers like to see what the actual pump will look like when they get it.

AutoCAD Mech review by <span>Adolfo V.</span>
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Es una de las herramientas CAD mas importantes y de mas extenso uso para el diseño mecánico

What do you like best?

Uno de los aspectos resaltantes de la aplicación es su ambiente grafico, que es de facil uso. Como el resto de las aplicaciones de autocad, su ambiente grafico es similar y la manera de modelar y de editar los objetos es similar al resto de las aplicaciones, la cual se encuentra, ademas, muy bien integrada con el resto del software de Autodesk

What do you dislike?

Como el resto de los programas de Autodesk, a medida que van evolucionando las aplicaciones, estas demandan mejor hardware, por lo que es necesario disponer de una buena maquina para poder realizar el modelado de manera eficiente.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Les recomiendo el uso de este software si utilizan otras herramientas de Autodesk, ya que se encuentra totalmente integrado con el software de esta compañia. Por otro lado, es de facil uso y la curva de aprendizaje para el manejo de este software es realmente rapida. Aunque no he tenido la oportunidad de utiizarlo de un modo mas frecuente como el de otras aplicaciones, las veces que lo he usado ha sido facil de utilizar y de aprender a usarlo.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

En mi trabajo, particularmente, he podido diseñar piezas mecanicas y simular su uso, de manera tal de poder mejorar algunos mecanismos y perfeccionar algunos componentes mecánicos

AutoCAD Mech review by User in Mechanical or Industrial Engineering
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Easy to use, user friendly CAD package

What do you like best?

I like that it is an easy to use CAD package. The user interface is very intuitive.

What do you dislike?

It can be a bit clunky sometimes when looking at 2D drawings and trying to print the window you want to.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This CAD package will handle all of your 2D drawing needs. It is an intuitive software package and is easy to use. It can handle all your basic needs, as well as, handle more advanced aspects of CAD.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Using AutoCAD to view, print, and modify 2D .dwg files. AutoCAD handles the .dwg files better than Inventor does.

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