AutoCAD 2017 Basics

Autodesk introduced AutoCAD 2017 in March 2016 with the goal of helping its users stay ahead of the game. In this article, I have discussed few cool features and AutoCAD 2017 basics. This latest version enables you to work faster and smarter on connected desktop and mobile solutions, create personalized design experiences, easily team up with colleagues, and stay up-to-date with the latest features and updates. AutoCAD 2017 also includes AutoCAD 360 Pro, a mobile application that allows users to use AutoCAD on the go.

AutoCAD 2017 Basics

The latest version addresses various user functionality requests and offers features that improve everything from workflows to graphics processing. According to Autodesk, a number of AutoCAD users globally will benefit from several enhancements that have been added in the latest version, such as improved 3D printing, new features such as ‘smart centerlines’, sharing design views in the cloud, and enhancements to PDF handling functions.

In the updated features of version 2017, PDF files have been added to the supported ‘import file’ formats. As a result, users can import geometry, True Type text, and raster images from a PDF file or underlay them into the current drawing as AutoCAD objects. Also, centerlines and center mark update accordingly when users move associated objects.

Learning content and product updates are delivered seamlessly to help users take full advantage of new features with the Autodesk Desktop application, an application that replaces Autodesk Application Manager. Here, users also tend to get the latest security patches and updates for all 2015, 2016, and 2017 versions of Microsoft Windows-based Autodesk products. Now, let’s take a look at the top 4 new features that Autodesk has included in its AutoCAD 2017 release.

AutoCAD 2017 Top Features

Enhanced 3D printing

With the new Autodesk Print Studio, you can create a 3D print-ready file and print it directly on almost all types of 3D printers. This 3D printing tool is offered by spark technologies and is only available for 64-bit machines.

To make full use of this tool, you need to go to AutoCAD’s 3D modeling workspace and select the print studio tool in the 3D print panel of the output tab. If you are using this tool for the first time, a message will appear where you can download this tool. Once you’ve downloaded and installed it, click on Print Studio again and click on the watertight or closed mesh object in your drawing that you want to use for 3D printing.

Smart centrelines and center marks

This new version of AutoCAD allows you to easily add centerlines and center marks to geometry. Similarly, you need to type the command ‘Center mark’ and click the circular object to create the center mark, you can use this command to make a center mark in circle, arc, and fillet.

Share design views in the cloud

Now you can share files directly with users who don’t even have AutoCAD using the A360 cloud account and all they need is a web browser to access shared drawings. To share a drawing, make sure you are signed in to your Autodesk 360 cloud and that your drawing is saved.

Coordination model

In AutoCAD 2017, the functionality of the coordination model has been improved with support for object snaps. Attach a Navisworks or BIM 360 Glue model to your AutoCAD drawing so you can view it as a base. Then use standard AutoCAD endpoint and center object snaps to adjust exact locations as you create and edit your design based on the attached models.

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Overall Autodesk keeps updating its software frequently. In AutoCAD 2017 they have added few more enhancements which were discussed above. You can also check out the AutoCAD 2019 Guide here:

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