Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Coordination model object snap, part of AutoCAD 2017 New Features.
- [Voiceover] One of the really neat tools available to you in AutoCAD 2017 is the coordination model object snap. Now we're in the next section of this particular course, the AutoCAD 2017 New Features course and this section's about design. And what it allows you to do is load up a 3D coordination model that may have come from something like Revit or Navisworks and you can then bring this straight into one of your AutoCAD drawings as a 3D model.
Now what's really neat about it is you can actually utilize object snaps on the coordination model and add information to the model if you need to. This is great on collaborative projects, where you might have a multi-platform envirornment including AutoCAD, Navisworks, and Revit. What I've done for this particular one is I've actually got a Navisworks file saved from the sample Revit architectural model that comes from Revit 2016. And I've just literally output that Revit model into Navisworks and it's got a Navisworks file that we can attach to it.
It's very quick and easy and I'll show you how it works. We've got a blank drawing in front of us, which is 02_Design. Now it's blank for a reason because I'm gonna go up to the Insert tab, come here to the Reference panel, and click on Attach. And when I do that, you'll see it goes to my Drawings folder and there's my Navisworks coordination model there. And all I've gotta do is select that. I've saved it out of Navisworks, and it's in your lynda.com exercise files if you want to link to it. So we've got the 02_Design blank drawing and we've got the SampleCoordModel.
And it's a Navisworks file, an nwc or an nwd. When I click on Open now, what'll happen is I get a dialog box very similar to as if I'm using an xref in AutoCAD. And you'll notice it's a very small dialog box just for the path type, the insertion point, the scale, and the rotation. I'm not gonna worry about changing any of that at all, but what it will do is it will zoom in to the coordination model because I've got that ticked. So insertion point I'll specify on screen or I could just leave it at zero zero zero. Doesn't matter in this case but obviously you'd be more accurate in a real working environment.
So if I click on OK now, there's my model and it zooms in. Now if I just go to an isometric view here on the view cube, you will see now when I zoom in close, I actually have a 3D model I can work with. Now it's quite dark, because it's assuming the colors from Revit and Navisworks. But what I can do here, if I go to the Home tab now on the ribbon and just select the Line command, I can physically snap to these. Can you see? Look, there's an endpoint, and I can go to things like a midpoint and another endpoint if I want to. All I gotta do is switch on my object snaps here.
So endpoint, midpoint, center, intersection, extension are already on. So what I can do is I can snap to things like centers and endpoints and actually draw 3D elements on the coordination model. And it's a really neat tool. It's really really useful, and you'll find that if you need to link to a 3D coordination model, you can do that in the new AutoCAD 2017.
- Tool tip and dialog box enhancements
- TEXTEDIT command changes
- Coordination model object snap
- 2D and 3D publishing options
- Graphics performance enhancements
- Center marks and centerlines
- PDF import