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In AutoCAD 2010 New Features, instructor Jeff Bartels highlights the cutting-edge tools that can make any designer more productive and creative in AutoCAD. Jeff walks through the new interface and the updates to this version, focusing on the features used for editing, measuring, and converting design geometry. He explores the parametric constraint tools and how they can be used to produce truly "smart" designs that speed the development process. Finally, Jeff demonstrates how to use the freeform mesh modeling tools in the creation of a 3D conceptual design. Exercise files accompany the course.
(Music playing.) Welcome to AutoCAD 2010 new features. My name is Jeff Bartels, and I've been using AutoCAD professionally since the days when it was a DOS-based application. Whether you work in 2D or 3D, AutoCAD 2010 provides cutting-edge tools that allow you to take your designs to a whole new level, while making you more productive and more creative than ever. We're going to start out by looking at the improvements made to the interface, improvements that make AutoCAD easier to navigate, easier to use, and easier to learn.
Next, we'll look at the new parametric constraints. Constraints allow us to create truly smart designs by establishing dynamic relationships between our geometry and our dimensions. AutoCAD 2010 has also added a wealth of specialized tools for editing, converting and measuring our geometry. Probably the most anticipated feature is AutoCAD's new ability to export and reference PDF files. The PDF support alone opens up a world of new possibilities for collaborating with others. If you use AutoCAD for 3D modeling or conceptual design, you're going to love the new free-form mesh objects.
With the free-form mesh, our designs are no longer restricted to rigid geometric dimensions. We can now create truly organic shapes that can be easily modeled and reshaped on screen. Well, we've got a lot of things to talk about and a world of new features to explore. So if you are ready, follow me, and we'll get started.
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