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Autodesk AutoCAD Mechanical 2010: Basic Concepts Tutorial

AutoCAD Mechanical 2010, written by software vendor Autodesk, is the world’s most widely used 2D mechanical Computer Aided Design (CAD) package. It lets you design, visualize and communicate your ideas with ease and efficiency. Creating mechanical designs in AutoCAD Mechanical 2010 is easy! AutoCAD Mechanical 2010 has many new software features that make plotting, publishing and scaling so much easier and quicker. Its new user interface makes commands easy to find and allows users to be trained easily and quickly. This basic concepts course provides you with the skills needed to develop your AutoCAD knowledge to a competent user level, giving you the ability to plot, publish and scale with ease, impressing your customers and colleagues!

* This course uses AutoCAD Mechanical 2010 for the videos and workfiles provided. Some of the ribbon, toolbar and menu settings may differ slightly on previous versions of AutoCAD Mechanical.


AutoCAD Mechanical 2010

Getting Started

The Mechanical User Interface
The Application Menu

Getting Around

Common Drawing Setup
The Model Tab
Using Units-Imperial
Using Units-Metric
Limits & Zoom

Standards Based Design

Using Standards
Setting Up a Standard

Mechanical Layers & Layer Control

Layer Control


Structuring Data in Drawings
Reusing & Editing Data
Workflows & Tools

Creating Key Geometry

Core Design Tools-Rectangle
Core Design Tools-Chamfers
Core Design Tools-Fillets
Core Design Tools-Hatch
Core Design Tools-Polylines & Contours
Power Snaps
Construction Lines
Designing with Lines
Hatching Breakouts
Feature Data For Holes & Slots

Manipulating Geometry

Editing Tools - Offsetting Objects
Editing Tools - Joining Entities
Editing Tools - Breaking Objects
Editing Tools - Scaling Objects
Power Commands - Power Edit
Power Commands - Power Copy
Power Commands - Power Recall
Power Commands - Power View
Associative Hide - Creating
Associative Hide - Editing
Associative Hide - Using Structure pt. 1
Associative Hide - Using Structure pt. 2

Mechanical Part Generators

Standard Parts Library
Standard Parts Library Favorites
Ribbons & Menus
Screw Components
Screw Templates
Part Representations
Leader Notes
Chains & Belts
Shaft Generator

Drawing Sheets

Modelspace Views in Layouts
Detail Views in Layouts
Scale Areas in Modelspace
Creating Viewports from Scale Areas
Zooming Viewports to Defined Scales
Plotting from Modelspace
Scale Overrides
Detail Views in Modelspace
Creating Annotation Views
Editing Annotation Views
Title Blocks & Borders
Creating New Layout
Layouts from Templates

Page Setup Manager

Creating a Page Setup
Model Tab-Page Setups
Layouts-Page Setups
Modifying Page Setups
Importing Page Setups


Default Viewports-Options
Scale Areas
Named Views
Polygonal Viewports
Making Viewports from Objects

Dimensioning & Annotating

Annotation & Symbols
Creating Dimensions
Editing Dimensions
Hole Charts & Fit Lists
Editing Hole Charts & Fit Lists
Revision Lists

BOMs / Parts & Balloons

Part References
Bills Of Materials (BOMs)
Inserting Parts Lists
Inserting Parts Lists Using Structure
Ballooning Parts

Leveraging Existing Data

Removing Mechanical Content

Options For the CAD Manager

Standards Based Design
Layer / Text & Symbol Properties pt. 1
Layer / Text & Symbol Properties pt. 2
Annotation Tools
Component Properties & BOM
Parts Lists
Content Libraries pt. 1
Content Libraries pt. 2


Wrap Up


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