Engineering AutoCAD Design for Simple Plan

Lines, arcs and circles are the building blocks used to bring your ideas to life. In previous versions of AutoCAD, what you saw on the screen was not always as crisp as what you plotted to paper. In this release, you’ll find many design elements that provide a stunning visual experience for users.

Clearer Details

The details in your designs are now viewed more clearly with visual enhancements such as Line Fading and enhanced readability with true curves instead of line segments. With reality computing enhanced, there is now the ability to orient your work more precisely with the point cloud. Maneuver between horizontal and vertical planes more quickly with Dynamic UCS. In addition, snap to edges, intersections, corners, and centerlines can now be used to quickly create geometry using point cloud object snaps.

Better Integration with Navisworks and BIM 360 Glue

Another new design feature allows for the ability to paste Navisworks and BIM 360 Glue models directly inside AutoCAD. This allows users to take advantage of Navisworks’ vast file format support to bring models into AutoCAD from other applications. Additionally, online maps (formerly live maps) can now be accessed directly inside the canvas. This means that you can capture online maps as static images and print them with your design overlaid, or create PDFs that include the geolocation map.

Shaping Up Shapes in 2D and 3D

Isoline curves can now be extracted through a specified point on a surface or face of a solid to determine the contour lines of any shape. The tool displays a preview of the resulting spline before you pick the point. You can specify the direction of the isolines, either in the U or V direction.

Previously you were limited to clicking inside a bounded area to select multiple objects, but no longer. Now you can select 2D and 3D curves for a quick and easy PressPull operation. These 3D free-form design tools help generate design ideas in almost any form imaginable. PressPull faces, edges, and vertices to model complex shapes and add smooth surfaces. Solid, mesh, and surface modeling give you flexibility and control when designing in 3D. The navigation bar includes frequently used tools such as steering wheels, view cube, and show motion, as well as pan, zoom, and orbit.

If you need to analyze the continuity, curvature, and draft of 3D solids and surfaces, then the surface tool was made for you. The Zebra analysis projects stripes onto a 3D model to analyze surface continuity. Use the new viewport controls to change viewport settings, views, and visual styles directly on the viewport canvas.

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