Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Property management, part of AutoCAD Mechanical Essential Training.
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- [Voiceover] We're starting a new section now in our AutoCAD Mechanical 2017 Essential Training course. And we're going to have a look now object property and layout management. And the first thing we're going to look at is our property management and how that works. Now we're in a new drawing which is PROPERTYMGT.dwg and you can see the name of the drawing at the top of the screen. You can download this drawing from your lynda.com exercise files, store it locally and work along with the videos in this section.
Now you will notice it is a very, very simple drawing. Now the reason it's a simple drawing is because I don't want to embellish too much on this, I want to show you the workflow rather than get involved with the drawing content. Now this particular rectangle that we have on the screen, if I select it now and I just come up here toward the top of the drawing area and right click, if I come down here and just see Properties on the shortcut menu, which I'm going to click and that opens up the Properties pallette which I'll just bring up into the screen here. Now, the important bit about this is it's on the layer AM0.
It's not on the Default Layer 0, it's on the Layer AM0. So your property management can be managed by AutoCAD Mechanical. So how does that work? Let me just close the Properties pallette a moment. And what we'll do now is we'll hit escape to deselect that rectangle. I'm just going to right click in the drawing area and go to the Options dialog box. So I click on Options in the shortcut menu, and you'll see that Im actually in the AM Standards tab. So you can see this is how it's all controlled in AutoCAD Mechanical.
I'm using a standard which is ISO, you'll notice there's lots of other ones I can use as well, all different standards so ISO is the metric standard and AMSE for example is the American standard. I'm going to stick with ISO for this particular drawing and there's all of my standard items that I can work with. I can double click to edit any of these. So if I wanted to edit the center line, I'd double click it and there's the information there. So that's the revision ISO6410:1993 and it gives me the information there for that particular center line setting.
So you can see that I have fixed overshoot length at three. So if I place a center line in AutoCAD Mechanical, it'll automatically overshoot any objects by three millimeters in this case. So I'll click on Cancel there. You'll notice if I go along the tabs at the top, I've also got AM Structure so you'll notice there's all these different settings in here. AM Drawing, so I've got things like Viewport Borders and so on, Visible Ledges, what Hatching am I using, so there's a default hatch pattern, AM Content, as you can see I can hide the background objects, I can draw center lines, and so on.
So when I'm bring content in the Content tab in the ribbon, it automatically applies center lines for me. And as I go along, you'll see there's a lot of tabs here. There's Shafts as well, Calculations and also Preferences. So all of these are property managing any AutoCAD Mechanical drawing that I work in. So I'm just going cancel that, I'm not going to make any changes there. And that's how your Properties work. Now what we'll look at in the next video is we'll look at Automatic Property Management, which works with our layers in our Layer Control Panel 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