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      Included toolsets

      Work faster and more precisely with specialized toolsets

      AutoCAD® includes industry-specific features and libraries for architecture, mechanical design, electrical design, and more.

      Complete design tasks in a fraction of the time. Automate common actions such as inserting doors, generating bills of materials, and creating PLC I/O drawings. Access over 750,000 intelligent objects and parts with industry libraries.

      Save time with specialized toolsets

      These seven studies show an average productivity gain of up to 63% for AutoCAD tasks completed with the help of a specialized toolset.*

      • View of the cover of “The Benefits of Using the Architecture toolset in AutoCAD” study

        Up to 61% overall productivity gain

        The Architecture toolset saves you time on floor plans, elevations, and other common architecture design tasks.

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      • View of the cover of “The Benefits of Using the Mechanical toolset in AutoCAD” study

        Up to 55% overall productivity gain

        The Mechanical toolset speeds up a variety of mechanical design tasks such as creating bills of materials.

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      • View of the cover of “The Benefits of Using the Electrical toolset in AutoCAD” study

        Up to 95% overall productivity gain

        The Electrical toolset helps you to quickly perform common electrical design tasks like numbering and tagging.

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      • View of the cover of “The Benefits of Using the MEP toolset in AutoCAD” study

        Up to 85% overall productivity gain

        The MEP toolset brings increased productivity to common MEP design tasks including HVAC, piping, and plumbing

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      • View of the cover of “The Benefits of Using the Map 3D toolset in AutoCAD” study

        Up to 60% overall productivity gain

        The Map 3D toolset helps save time spent on mapping design tasks like creating and editing coordinate geometry.

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      • View of the cover of “The Benefits of Using the Plant 3D toolset in AutoCAD” study

        Up to 74% overall productivity gain

        The Plant 3D toolset improves the efficiency of tasks frequently performed by process plant designers.

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      • View of the cover of “The Benefits of Using the Raster Design toolset in AutoCAD” study

        Up to 48% overall productivity gain

        The Raster Design toolset boosts your productivity when performing tasks such as insert and scale.

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      Adds features for architectural drawing, documentation, and schedules, and for automating drafting tasks.

      • Create floor plans, sections, elevations, and other building design drawings using specialized tools.
      • Additional features include walls, doors, and windows.
      • Use 8,500+ intelligent architectural objects and styles to support AIA 2nd edition, BS1192 DIN 276, ISYBAU Long Format, ISYBAU Short Format, and STLB layer standards.

      Top features:

      • Floorplan in AutoCAD Architecture user interface

        Architectural renovation

        Design and produce renovations more quickly.

      • 2D annotated drawing detail

        Walls, doors, and windows

        Create documents and drawings using elements with real-world behavior and construction.

      • Drawing of office space in AutoCAD Architecture user interface

        Design and documentation

        Create with detail components and keynoting tools.

      Adds a library of standards-based parts and tools to help you create, modify, and document mechanical designs for manufacturing.

      • Automate mechanical engineering tasks, such as generating machine components, dimensioning, and creating bills of material.
      • Create parts, assemblies, and other drawings for product design using specialized tools.
      • Use 700,000+ intelligent manufacturing parts, features, and symbols to support ISO, ANSI, DIN, JIS, BSI, CSN, and GB standards.

      Top features:

      • AutoCAD Mechanical toolset user interface with layer manager panel open

        Layer management

        Isolate and restore layer groups and specify linetypes and lineweights.

      • 2D wireframe in user interface with Hide Situations tool panel open

        Hidden lines

        Update geometry automatically when changes occur. Minimize manual redraws.

      • Cutout of mechanical drawing overlaid with screw connection panel

        700,000+ standard parts and features

        Produce accurate drawings with standard components.

      Incorporate GIS topology with AutoCAD so you can use and maintain CAD and GIS data for planning, design, and data management.

      • Create, maintain, and communicate mapping and GIS information within the AutoCAD drawing environment.
      • Use task-based tools to manage GIS data and aggregate it with design data.
      • Access spatial data stored in files, databases, and web services.
      • Use standard data schema, automated business workflows, and report templates for Electric North America, Electric Europe, Water, Wastewater, and Gas industries.

      Top features:

      • Adding a new connection in the ESRI SHP file

        Access spatial data using FDO technology

        Work with data from a variety of CAD and GIS data formats and coordinate systems.

      • Editing geospatial data

        Edit geospatial data directly

        Edit data against GIS data sources, such as ESRI SHP and others, using standard AutoCAD commands.

      • Managing and surveying water, waste water, gas, and electric infrastructures

        Use enterprise industry models

        Use standard application modules to efficiently manage a wide variety of infrastructure systems.

      Adds electrical design features to help you create, modify, and document electrical controls systems.

      • Create panel layouts, schematic diagrams, and other electrical drawings using specialized tools.
      • Use consistent project standards with drawings organized in a project-based structure.
      • Includes a library of 65,000+ intelligent electrical symbols to support AS, GB, IEC, IEC-60617, JIC, JIS, NFPA, and IEEE standards.

      Top features:

      • Drawing in AutoCAD Electrical toolset user interface

        Automatic report generation

        Generate and update customized reports.

      • DWG schematic in the Electrical toolset user interface

        Wire numbering, component tagging

        Reduce errors with automatic numbers for wires and tags for components.

      • Schematic that shows AutoCAD Electrical toolset’s coil and contact features

        Coil and contact cross-referencing

        Keep track of parent/child contacts in real time.

      Adds features to help you draft, design, and document MEP building systems in an AutoCAD environment.

      • Create accurate construction documentation of MEP systems design.
      • Use task-based tools to create MEP drawings for building systems.
      • Use 10,500+ intelligent MEP objects to support AIA 2nd edition, BS1192 Descriptive, and BS1192 – AUG Version 2 standards, and DIN 276, ISYBAU Long Format, ISYBAU Short Format, and STLB layer standards.

      Top features:

      • 2D design overlaid with Tool and Properties palettes

        MEP workspaces

        Workspace environments include individual palettes and domain-specific ribbons to optimize your workflow tasks.

      • 2D wireframe juxtaposed with 3D drawing of the same system

        Documentation

        Improve your documentation's appearance and boost drafting productivity.

      • Video: Learn how the AutoCAD MEP toolset converts AutoCAD blocks

        AutoCAD block conversion

        Batch-convert single or multiple blocks and symbols. (video: 1:55 min.)

      Adds features to help you produce P&IDs, and then integrate them into a 3D plant design model.

      • Generate and share isometrics, orthographics, and materials reports.
      • Create schematic diagrams, plant layouts, and other drawings for plant design using specialized tools.
      • Includes a library of 400+ intelligent plant objects such as equipment templates, support templates, and structural members to support 40 standards, including ANSI and DIN.

      Top features:

      • Video: P&ID ease of use

        Quick P&ID drafting

        In-context AutoCAD commands help make P&ID drafting easier. (video: 58 sec.)

      • Video: 3D piping modeling ease of use

        Rapid plant modeling in 3D

        Quickly create 3D plant models using parametric equipment modeling, structural steel libraries, and project-specific piping specifications using industry standard piping catalogs. (video: 1:26 min.)

      • AutoCAD Plant 3D user interface open to the Ortho Editor tab

        Create and edit piping orthographic drawings

        Extract piping orthographic drawings directly from the 3D model and update them as the 3D model is being updated.

      Adds raster-to-vector tools to help you convert raster images into DWG™ objects. Edit scanned drawings in a familiar AutoCAD environment.

      • Despeckle, bias, mirror, and touch up your images.
      • Use standard AutoCAD commands on raster regions and primitives. Easily erase raster images, lines, arcs, and circles.
      • Create lines and polylines from raster images, and convert raster files into vector drawings.
      • Show and analyze geo images in Civil 3D civil engineering software and the Map 3D toolset.

      Top features:

      • Drawing in AutoCAD user interface with Raster Tools ribbon selected

        Image editing and cleanup

        Despeckle, bias, mirror, and touch up your images.

      • Showing AutoCAD drawing and the ability to edit raster entities.

        Raster Entity Manipulation (REM)

        Use standard AutoCAD commands on raster regions and primitives. Easily erase raster images, lines, arcs, and circles.

      • Raster-to-vector software tools in the AutoCAD Raster Design toolset

        Vectorization tools

        Create lines and polylines from raster images, and convert raster files into vector drawings.

      Take the power of AutoCAD wherever you go.

      • View, create, edit, and share AutoCAD drawings on mobile devices—anytime, anywhere.
      • Work on the latest drawings right at the jobsite.
      • Access updates in real time.

      Top features:

      • Video: How to view and edit drawings

        Save to web and mobile

        Save drawings from your desktop to view and edit on the AutoCAD web and mobile apps, Xrefs included. (video: 2:13 min.)

      • A person scrolling through DWG files in AutoCAD on a smartphone

        Cloud storage connectivity

        Access any DWG file in AutoCAD with Autodesk's cloud, as well as with leading cloud storage providers.

      • Two men on a construction site sharing a tablet

        Work offline

        Design and draw without an Internet connection and sync later.

      Access AutoCAD from any computer.

      • View, create, and edit AutoCAD drawings.
      • Work on the latest drawings from anywhere.
      • Access updates in real time.

      Top features:

      • Video: Create and edit drawings in the AutoCAD web app

        Edit and create drawings online

        Edit geometry and select, move, rotate, and scale objects within drawings through your choice of the ribbon or command line. (video: 2:05 min.)

      • Command line window in the web app

        Command line

        Easily access the command line, which is docked in the bottom left of the drawing area and displays prompts, options, and messages.

      • View of AutoCAD web app user interface

        Intuitive user interface

        Access easy-to-use drafting tools and manage views, properties, and layers. Reduce eye strain with sharp icons and a modern blue interface.

      * Productivity data based on a series of studies commissioned by Autodesk to an outside consultant. The seven toolset studies compared basic AutoCAD to the specialized toolsets within AutoCAD when performing tasks commonly done by experienced AutoCAD users. Overall productivity gain calculation based on adding the completion times of specific tasks in the toolset and also in basic AutoCAD and then calculating the percent difference between the two totals across seven studies. As with all performance tests, results may vary based on machine, operating system, filters, and even source material. While every effort has been made to make the tests as fair and objective as possible, your results may differ. Product information and specifications are subject to change without notice. Autodesk provides this information “as is,” without warranty of any kind, either express or implied.

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