Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Automatic Property Management, part of AutoCAD Mechanical Essential Training.
- [Voiceover] So we're staying now in our propertyMGT.dwg file. In the previous video we talked about property management and how to locate it, and all of the controls that control that property management in AutoCAD Mechanical. What we're gonna look at now in this video is the automatic property management for objects that you draw and work with and annotate in AutoCAD Mechanical. Now in order to do that, what I'd like you to do is stay in the drawing, but just pan the rectangle over to the left hand side of the screen there, like that.
Make sure you're in the Home tab on the ribbon, and you'll notice my ribbon panels are a bit squished up on the right hand side. That's purely due to the resolution of the screen when I'm recording the videos. I'm gonna click on the fly-out for layers, and as you can see, there's lots of different layer commands available to you in AutoCAD Mechanical. Now, because of all the settings and the standards that we're using, we've got this lovely little tool here. So if I click on this fly-out here, I can specify what type of AutoCAD Mechanical object I want to draw.
So i can specify contours, which are normally objects and edges and so on, but if I just come down a little bit, I've got the option to place a center line. So if I click that now, can you see it automatically changes settings there that come up in the command line. So if I now draw a line, it will draw a line on that appropriate layer. So let's go and have a look at my layers now, and can you see, I've got AM7 going there. If I just click on the fly-out there, I've got these different layers.
So these AM layers are my AutoCAD Mechanical specified, sort of what I call standard layers, and you pick them by managing that property management, by picking whether it's contour or center line, and so on. AutoCAD Mechanical knows, because of the standard settings, what to put in there, so I'm gonna make AM7 my current layer, like that, and what I'm gonna do now, I'm just gonna draw a line, a regular AutoCAD line from the Draw panel. So if I snap there to that mid-point, and then snap there to that mid-point and then hit Escape a couple of times, I've drawn a center line.
Now the benefit I have there is it's using the center line type, it's on a different color, and it's done it automatically. Purely because I've gone to the Layers panel and said, I want to draw a center line. So instead of having to pick the layer center line and then draw the center line, make the center line layer current, that's my automatic property management, that's how quick and easy it is. So I can draw another center line real quick, like so. Now, bear in mind, these are just lines using that center line, they're not actual center lines. So you'll notice there's none of that little overshoot going on that I mentioned in the previous video.
So let's have a look now and see what else I can do with these layers. If I go to the Layer fly-out again like so, what you can see there is I can go here now to my mechanical layer manager. I'm just gonna bring this into the screen. It does look like the regular AutoCAD layer manager, but it's subtly different. You'll notice now, look, there's my AM7, it's the current layer, and as you can see, it's got associated objects with it. So the whole idea of this, I'll just expand all of this out, is that you've got these default objects that go on these layers, and there's the associated objects there.
Can you see, so I drag that, look, there's loads of different settings there for that center line. And also I've got hidden line, narrow hidden line, contour two. So contour one, for example, might be a thread contour or a thread end at a usable length on a mechanical object. So you can set all of this in your mechanical layer manager. Now, I'm not going to go into too much depth because we've got the layer videos to look at next. And what we're gonna look at in the next video is how we control these layers and how we work with these layers in AutoCAD Mechanical.
- Navigating the AutoCAD Mechanical interface
- Managing layers and object properties
- Structuring, reusing, and editing your mechanical data
- Creating key geometry
- Adding centerlines and holes
- Manipulating geometry
- Using part generators
- Creating drawing sheets
- Annotating parts and subassemblies
- Placing dimensions
- Creating a bill of materials and parts list
- Calculating design factors
- Using existing drawing data
- Creating templates and standard data