AutoCAD Mechanical

In by Todd Weyandt

AutoCAD Mechanical


Autodesk AutoCAD Mechanical software, part of the Autodesk solution for Digital Prototyping, is Autodesk® AutoCAD® software for manufacturing, purpose-built to accelerate the mechanical design process. It includes all the functionality of AutoCAD, a world leader in CAD software, plus a comprehensive set of tools for automating mechanical engineering tasks, such as generating machine components, dimensioning, and creating bills of material. AutoCAD Mechanical provides a library of more than 700,000 standard parts, supports multiple international design standards, and enables users to detail and document digital prototypes created in Autodesk® Inventor® software. AutoCAD Mechanical offers engineers a competitive edge by helping them save hours of effort, so they can spend time innovating rather than drafting.



Mechanical design productivity


Content manager Standard Parts live update

Get integrated live updates to your Standard Parts library as revisions and new standards become available through content manager.

Document 3D CAD models

Easily detail and document native Inventor part and assembly models.

Custom content library

Create and save standard or custom parts and features for easy access and reuse.

700,000 standard parts and features

Rely on a comprehensive set of standards-based components to produce accurate mechanical drawings and get more consistent results on the shop floor.

Mechanical drafting standards update (enhanced)

Enhancements to the ISO 1302-2002 surface texture symbols support surface indication leaders.

Reusable mechanical drawing detailing tools

Save time—use a specific tool for almost every aspect of the mechanical CAD drafting process.

Layer management

The layer management system automatically places items on the correct layer-with correct color and linetype-as you create your mechanical drawing.

Hidden lines

Update geometry automatically when changes occur and virtually eliminate time-consuming manual redrawing.

Machinery generators and calculators

Get comprehensive tools to more efficiently build mechanisms from paper catalogs and manual calculations.

Custom part publishing support

All part publishing features that apply to standard parts are available for custom parts.

Extended draw toolbar for manufacturing

AutoCAD Mechanical provides additional mechanical drawing and drafting options beyond what’s available in AutoCAD.

Infer constraint integration

Geometrically and dimensionally constrain rectangles, symmetrical lines, and centerlines in mechanical drawings.

Mechanical engineering documentation


Autodesk Synergy for mechanical engineering

Create associative section and detail views of 3D models created in AutoCAD, Inventor software, and other competitive products.

Smart mechanical engineering dimensions

Create dimensions using abbreviated dialog boxes that conveniently control and expand only the relevant variables for manufacturing.

Support for international drafting standards

Increase productivity with tools that help you and your team deliver consistent, standards-based design documentation.

Associative balloons and bills of materials (enhanced)

Create automated and associative part lists and BOMs specifically developed for manufacturing and that automatically update as the design changes.

Dimension in-place editor

Select multiple dimensions at once; see a real-time preview when modifications are made.

BOM migration

AutoCAD Mechanical software supports multiple templates. BOM setup is easier with automatic mapping of BOM properties and automatic creation of migration templates.

JIS and DIN content libraries

Get extensive content libraries for Japan (JIS) and Germany (DIN).

Autodesk Content Explorer

Quickly find your design content based on file objects or text attributes.

Mechanical drafting annotation monitor

Check for disassociated annotations in the model space, as well as in each paper space layout.