Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Structuring your mechanical data in drawings, part of AutoCAD Mechanical Essential Training.
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- [Voiceover] We're staying in our robot003.dwg file and what we're going to look at now is how you structure your mechanical data in your drawings. Now, you'll notice we're still in the structure workspace, as well. That's down here on the status bar and make sure you've got structure selected so that you can see the structure catalog there and also the mechanical browser on the left hand side of the screen. Don't be in the mechanical workspace where none of this is available. So the whole idea of the structure workspace is it allows you to structure your mechanical data in your AutoCAD Mechanical drawings.
Now the structure catalog we don't need right now so I'm going to click and drag and just move that out of the drawing area so that it doesn't get in the way. We're going to be using the mechanical browser here. Now the benefit of the mechanical browser is as you structure your AutoCAD Mechanical drawing, you can specify views and as you can see, there's the master view and there's the top and the front view. So if I go to the robot view here, you'll notice that highlights all of the robot. If I go to the basement view, that highlights all of the basement setup.
And then if I go to this, the comp view, you'll notice there's nothing there right now because we haven't specified anything on that view. So what I'm actually going to do there is I can right click and I can actually delete that view from the browser. And it says the last instance of that definition has been deleted and is no longer used in the drawing. Would I like to remove to the definition? So I go yes please, job done. That's gone. So if I go to axis now, the axis is there, as well. So any views that aren't being used can be deleted very quickly and very easily.
Now the whole idea of all of this structure is it allows you to work with particular components in your AutoCAD Mechanical drawing and also allow you to highlight what is in your AutoCAD Mechanical drawing. So if I go to robot here and I look at the top view, there's the top view there. There's the front view there. Now if I right click on that front view, I can activate it, I can select in Modelspace. I can zoom to it. I can delete it and so on. I'm going to select it in Modelspace. When I come into the drawing now, it's now selected.
What I can do now is I can perhaps right click and select move from the shortcut menu there so I'll select move and I just want the regular move, pick a point and that now all moves like that. The whole thing is moved. Now notice this hasn't updated. They're not actually linked together. They're all just different parts and different views of your mechanical drawing that you've set up to sit in that structure in the mechanical browser. So if I just undo that now, that'll go back to where it was before.
Now, the benefit of this is it allows you to draw everything up in your AutoCAD Mechanical drawing and each particular part of your mechanical structure can be set up as a view in the mechanical browser. So your mechanical browser and this creation workflow sort of act as like a packaging tool. They allow you to package all of the different components together in the drawing, but also allow you to work on them individually in a nice, logical structure. So that's how you structure these mechanical drawings and structure your mechanical data 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