AutoCAD & AutoCAD Mechanical toolset Workflow Comparison

By Tom Schwarzweller | CAD
Please see below to inspect the typical AutoCAD workflow for common tasks and compare it with the recommended workflow to perform the same tasks in AutoCAD Mechanical toolset.

Autodesk combined seven industry-specialized toolsets into one version of AutoCAD, and one of those is the Electrical toolset. You can read more about this change here.

Drawing Configuration – Standards-Based Drafting

Organizing Drawing Components

Layer Management

Geometry Creation

Geometry Creation – Standard Features and Parts

Geometry Creation – View Projection and Construction Lines

Geometry Reuse


Hidden Line Creation

Centerline and Hole Pattern Creation

Geometry Modification

Drawing Sheet Creation

Detail View Creation

Annotation – Dimensions

Annotation – Hole Charts

Annotation – Mechanical Symbols

Annotation – BOM, Parts Lists and Balloons

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Published on July 13, 2022 in .

About the Author

Tom Schwarzweller is an Account Executive for Microsol Resources for upper New York State and Michigan. Tom has a long background in selling and supporting CAD and BIM software to the architectural, engineering, and construction industry. He has worked with many of the early adopters of building information modeling (BIM) and has learned the benefits that BIM can create and an understanding of what makes a BIM implementation successful. His many interests include sailing, photography, and biking.