AutoCAD MEP 2017Autodesk
AutoCAD MEP software helps you draft, design, and document building systems. Create more accurate designs within a familiar AutoCAD-based environment. Increase productivity with automated drafting tasks, manufacturers’ parts, and interference detection.
Demos show how AutoCAD MEP software automates drafting tasks to help mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) designers and drafters create more accurate construction documentation. Share, collaborate, and coordinate more easily with architects, engineers, and contractors using reliable DWG™ technology.
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New features in AutoCAD MEP 2017
Section and elevation (enhanced)
Now edit Xrefs when editing live sections and refresh upon opening.
Parallel routing improvements
Select routing preferences for objects, then automatically connect parallel objects.
Style Browser (enhanced)
Get more MEP components, and add folders to the Content Library.
Change the circuit for a given set of devices.
AutoCAD and AutoCAD Architecture support
Work on flat 2D AutoCAD floor plans or AutoCAD Architecture geometric model architectural floor plans with AutoCAD MEP software. Use referenced architectural floor plans to design, tag, annotate, and create construction documentation of MEP system design.
Automatic space and zone calculation
Assign engineering spaces from existing 2D architectural floor plans or AutoCAD Architecture geometric designs. Calculate room measurements automatically, including square footage, meters, and volumes per area. Use space and zone information when exporting to gbXML for import into Green Building Studio web-based energy analysis service or third-party analysis programs.
IFC data support
Create, manage, and share MEP CAD data with others in the design process with Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) data. IFC export recognizes MEP objects from within AutoCAD MEP and exports them, along with MEP systems and their connectivity, to corresponding IFC Building Services entities and types.
Web-based help and learning tools
Use the Autodesk Knowledge Network to access a community filled with pertinent learning information. Get access to integrated web-based help content, tips and tricks, and aggregated content to help support your continued learning.
Construction and content
Specify the default type of revision cloud: Freehand, Polygonal, Rectangular, or Object. The Annotation Scale automatically scales the length of the revision cloud arc. This results in a consistent appearance in views with different scales.
New enhancements help improve the way you work. You can now:
Refresh all sections in your drawing with a single click, and automatically update a selection set when objects are added.
Select the rise and fall of symbols in sections for duct and pipes when any portion of the object is within the section volume.
Create new section lines and generate section results with a single command.
Create 3D models in AutoCAD MEP software and convert them to 2D for documentation needs. Improvements in the command line include the ability to auto-complete and differentiate commands and system variables. A wide palette of fonts and colors helps you create better-looking documentation. Improve drafting and modeling productivity with enhanced associative arrays.
Integrated content search
Use AutoCAD Content Explorer to quickly search for design files, objects, and content within AutoCAD MEP software. Easily search local and network drives for files containing content and objects to use within the design environment. Content search allows for more consistent company and industry standards, as well as use of real-world content.
AutoCAD block and symbol conversion
Individually convert or batch-convert single or multiple AutoCAD blocks, MvBlocks, or MvParts to a device or schematic symbol. Extrude standard 2D blocks to create a 3D solid, and then add connectors to create AutoCAD MEP content for your MEP designs. In addition, you can convert AutoCAD blocks to orthographic symbols, as well as isometric symbols to facilitate your schematic design documentation.
Manage project drawings more easily by creating coordinated views based on MEP design parameters. MEP design team members can access a centralized project directory of the most current documents, from project templates to sections and elevations.
Pipe content and routing preferences
Create more realistic pipe designs. Use routing preferences inside the application with sloped piping and male x female routing. Take advantage of specific piping content created for AutoCAD MEP.
Productivity and usability
Navigate, search, and add object styles more efficiently. Dynamic search and a variety of sources and libraries help speed your work. Import preferred styles and add objects of a selected style to the current drawing. Customize the appearance of previews in the Style Browser.
Property visibility override
Now you can override visibility and order settings under Property Set Definitions in the Style Manager. After you've adjusted these settings to your needs, you can disable the properties to prevent them from being changed.
Elbow duct fitting
Choose the type of elbow that best fits your design when the sizes on both sides of the duct are equal. You can select Use Reducing Elbow, Use Straight Elbow and Reducer, or the new Use Reducing Elbow If Needed setting.
The Application status bar now includes the Display Configuration and Cut Plane tools. The status bar wraps onto 2 lines so that you can see all the selected controls. The Drawing status bar has been removed.
Automated property set definitions
You can automatically attach property set definitions to architectural objects to complete quantity takeoff calculations. Attach new, modified, or existing property set definitions to newly created objects and their styles, as well as to existing objects.
Annotation and unit scaling
When you change drawing units, object tags, text, and other annotation-scaled objects are properly modified. You have the option to rescale model and paper space objects, to rescale only model space objects, or not to rescale any existing objects.
Display order by layer
Control the way architectural and MEP systems are displayed on construction documents. Set an order for layers in a list, and apply the display order for objects on each layer. Preview changes to the display order before they are applied to ensure that changes are predictable.
Easily edit your components as your design changes. Assign a different definition to block instances without re-creating the block.
Save time and increase accuracy by using point cloud data to generate existing building conditions in MEP projects within AutoCAD MEP software. Bring 3D scans to life for renovation, retrofit, and restoration projects. Visualize the points more quickly and snap to the surface of your scanned objects directly within your modeling workspace.
Use the Finder to easily locate frequently used commands directly from within Help content. An animated arrow points to the tool location in the user interface and in the status bar and Application menu.