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The 2023 Mechanical toolset is included with AutoCAD
Increase productivity by up to 55%* with industry-specific tools for mechanical engineering, including 700,000+ intelligent parts and features. With the Mechanical toolset, you can:
Access our library of standards-based parts, tools, and custom content
Customize properties of object types and create them on custom layers
Automate tasks such as creating bills of materials (BOMs)
The Content Manager enables you to add a part or feature to a content library.
You can use one of the following ways:
- By adding the current drawing to a custom content library.
- By adding selected geometry to a custom content library.
- By adding a block to the content library
- By creating an item from scratch.
- By copying an item from a standard part library
The first 4 methods enable you to create items that do not exist in the standard part content library. The last method lets you create an item that is a variation of an existing standard part or feature. For example, a steel shape with chamfered edges.
If the selection set you are adding as a new item contains parts or features inserted from a content library, they are ignored. However, if you explode them before hand, they are not ignored.
For example, consider a drawing of a plate with a hole, where the hole was inserted from the standard part library. If you add the plate to a custom content library, the hole is ignored. However if you explode the hole before you add the plate to the library, the hole is not ignored.
There are some significant differences between how you manage layers in Autodesk AutoCAD and AutoCAD Mechanical 2023.
AutoCAD commands always create objects on the current layer. As such you must set the layer corresponding to the object type as the current layer before you create the object. It also means that you must create the layers and specify settings such as color, lineweight and linetype beforehand.
AutoCAD Mechanical commands, using a feature that is known as Automatic Property Management, are pre-configured to create objects on specific layers. Regardless of what layer is set current, these commands create geometry/objects only on the predefined layer. If the layer doesn’t exist, the command automatically creates the layer. Settings such as layer color, lineweight and linetype are taken from a set of pre-configured settings that are referred to as layer definitions.
The layers that AutoCAD Mechanical creates on the fly are called mechanical layers. The AMLAYER command enables you to see a list of mechanical layers as well as layer definitions. Similar to how the LAYER command enables you to change the properties of a layer, the AMLAYER command enables you to change the properties of mechanical layers and layer definitions. Additionally, the AMLAYER command shows you what objects are created on each layer.
AutoCAD Mechanical ships with 31 layer definitions, which have been assigned to different objects by default. The names of these layers begin with “AM_”, followed by a number or a phrase as described below.
- Working layers: Layers AM_0 through AM_12 . Almost all geometry is created on working layers.
- Standard part layers: Layers AM_0N through AM_12N. AutoCAD Mechanical commands create standard parts and features on these layers.
- Special layers: AM_BOR (used for drawing borders), AM_PAREF (used for part references), AM_CL (used for construction lines), AM_VIEW (used for viewports), and AM_INV (used for invisible lines).
AutoCAD Mechanical allows you to customize the properties of each object type so that AutoCAD Mechanical 2023 commands can create them on a layer of your choice instead of the ones they are created on by default. For information on how to customize AutoCAD Mechanical object properties, please refer to the topic Configure Automatic Property Management in the Configuration and Setup Guide.
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