The User Interface: AutoCAD Mechanical 2013

Uploaded by Autodesk on 27.03.2012

Hi my name is Matthias and I'm on the AutoCAD Mechanical team at Autodesk. Welcome to a
series of getting started videos that will walk you through the features in AutoCAD Mechanical.
Let us start with having a look at the user interface.
When you start AutoCAD Mechanical you will see the application window and a single drawing
window. These make up the User Interface. Maybe you’ve been working with AutoCAD before.
Then you will notice that the user interface in AutoCAD Mechanical looks very familiar.
But also if you’re new to AutoCAD, you will find the commands you need quickly and easily.
Now Let us have a closer look. The User Interface consists of the following Components.
The drawing window, where you create and modify your drawings.
Above the drawing window is the ribbon. Here you find all the commands and tools. They
are arranged in tabs and panels. But the ribbon is not the only way to select
commands. You can also work with the command line.
Just type in the command you want to use, or provide input for the current command.
that is a very quick and direct way to navigate through AutoCAD Mechanical.
To save, open or publish a drawing, click on the "Application Button".
And if you look for a specific command you can search for it here.
Now Let us see how the commands are organized on the ribbon.
On the home tab you have quick access to the most frequently used commands.
For example you can draw geometry and instantly add dimensions.
Notice that I don’t have to jump from one tab to another to do all that.
that is pretty convenient and saves time as well.
Alright, let me erase the circle again. If you look for more specific commands you
will find them on the other tabs. AutoCAD Mechanical also offers some additional
commands that you won’t find in AutoCAD. They’ll help you to create precise mechanical
drawings faster. For example on the "content" tab you can insert
standard parts, screw connections, holes and a lot of other content.
AutoCAD Mechanical is build on top of AutoCAD. that is why you will probably see a lot of
commands you already know. But some of these commands are enhanced, to
meet the requirements of mechanical drawings. Let us go back to the "Home" tab to have a
look at an example. The rectangle command looks pretty much the
same as in AutoCAD. But this one offers some more options.
Take a look at the drop down menu. You can chose by which points you want to
define the rectangle. Or automatically add centerlines, as you can
see in the tooltip. In AutoCAD Mechanical you can also change
the workspace environment. To do that just click the "workspace" button
down here and make a selection. Let us say you prefer to work with menus and
toolbars, instead of the ribbon. Then select "Mechanical Classic" and your
workspace will look like this. By now you’ve probably noticed already that
AutoCAD Mechanical is AutoCAD and more. To learn more about the additional features
just watch the other getting started videos.