Autodesk AutoCAD Mechanical 2018: EssentialsNewly Released

Autodesk AutoCAD Mechanical 2018: Essentials Course Description

Duration: 4.00 days (32 hours)

The AutoCAD Mechanical 2018 Essentials course teaches students about the indispensable core topics required to use the AutoCAD Mechanical software. Through a hands-on, practice-intensive curriculum, students acquire the knowledge needed to accelerate the mechanical design process. With specific tools for creating and manipulating geometry, automatically acquiring bills of materials, generating mechanical components, and performing design calculations, the AutoCAD Mechanical software offers significant productivity gains that the student learns to maximize.

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Course Prerequisites for Autodesk AutoCAD Mechanical 2018: Essentials

  • » A basic understanding of mechanical drafting or design
  • » A working knowledge of the AutoCAD software

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Autodesk AutoCAD Mechanical 2018: Essentials Course Objectives

  • » Identify the main interface elements, their setup and what Help information is available, and to create and use drawing template files.
  • » Describe the object property management system in which layers are configured and the tools for manipulating layers.
  • » Describe the workflows for organizing drawing geometry and create a Mechanical structure in a drawing by creating components, component views, and folders.
  • » Describe the core mechanical design tools of rectangle, hatch, fillet, chamfer, holes, slots, and threads and how to use them to create and modify geometry in your drawings.
  • » Modify and edit drawing objects by creating multiple offset copies, scaling them with separate values for the X and Y direction, or using a power command.
  • » Insert industry standard parts into your assembly designs.
  • » Create production-ready drawings in model space and layouts of structured and non-structured geometry and insert title blocks and borders.
  • » Notate a drawing through the creation and editing of dimensions, hole charts, fits lists, and mechanical symbols.
  • » Explain how to create and edit a bill of materials, parts list, and balloons.
  • » Describe the tools that you can use to verify whether or not the standard parts or custom parts within your design meet or exceed the requirements for operational use.
  • » Exchange data between CAD systems in the form of Mechanical DWG™ and IGES files and create Mechanical drawings using Inventor Link.
  • » Create a custom drafting standard and drawing template that includes the configuration settings for layers, object properties, symbols, text, BOMs, parts list, balloons, and other annotation tools.

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Autodesk AutoCAD Mechanical 2018: Essentials Course Outline

      1. Getting Started
        1. Interacting with the User Interface
          1. Interact with the User Interface
        2. Common Drawing Setup
          1. Create and Use Template Drawings
      2. Object Property and Layer Management
        1. Property Management
          1. Automatic Property Management
        2. Layer Control
          1. Control Layer Display and Geometry on Layers
      3. Organizing Drawing Geometry
        1. Drawing Creation Workflows and Organization
        2. Structuring Data in Drawings
          1. Create a Drawing Using Structure
        3. Reusing and Editing Structured Data
          1. Reuse and Edit Structured Data
      4. Tools for Creating Key Geometry
        1. Core Design Tools
          1. Create Geometry Using the Core Design Tools
        2. Power Snaps
          1. Configure and Activate Power Snaps
        3. Centerlines
          1. Add Centerlines and Holes
        4. Construction Lines
          1. Create and Use Construction Lines
        5. Designing with Lines
          1. Draw with Different Line Tools
        6. Adding Standard Feature Data for Holes and Slots
          1. Add Holes and
      5. Tools for Manipulating Geometry
        1. Editing Tools
          1. Basic Editing Tools
        2. Power Commands
          1. Use Power Commands
        3. Associative Hide
          1. Create and Edit Associative Hides
          2. Create and Edit Associative Hides - When Using Structure
      6. Mechanical Part Generators
        1. Standard Parts
          1. Insert and Notate Standard Parts
          2. Insert from the Content Libraries Palette
        2. Chains and Belts
          1. Design Chains and Belts
        3. Shaft Generator
          1. Place a Shaft in an Assembly
        4. Standard Shaft Parts
          1. Insert Standard Shaft Parts
        5. Springs
          1. Insert a Spring
      7. Creating Drawing Sheets
        1. Model Space Views in Layouts
          1. Create Viewports and Details in Layouts
        2. Creating Drawing Sheets in Model Space
          1. Create Drawing Sheets in Model Space
        3. Annotation Views When Using Structure
          1. Create and Edit Annotation Views
        4. Title Blocks and Drawing Borders
          1. Insert Title Blocks and Borders
      8. Dimensioning and Annotating Drawings
        1. Annotation and Annotation Symbols
          1. Annotate Parts and Subassemblies
        2. Creating Dimensions
          1. Use the Power Dimension Command
          2. Add Different Power Dimensions
          3. Place Multiple Dimensions Automatically
        3. Editing Dimensions
          1. Edit Dimensions
        4. Hole Charts and Fits Lists
          1. Add Hole Charts and Fits Lists
        5. Revision Lists
          1. Create a Revision List
      9. Bill of Materials, Parts Lists, and Balloons
        1. Part References
          1. Create Part References
        2. Bill of Materials
          1. Create and Edit a Bill of Materials
          2. Create and Edit a Bill of Materials - When Using Structure
        3. Inserting Parts Lists
          1. Insert and Edit Parts Lists
          2. Insert and Edit Parts Lists When Using Structure
        4. Ballooning Parts
          1. Add Balloons to Assembly Drawings
      10. Design Calculations
        1. Design Calculations
          1. Calculate Moments of Inertia
          2. Calculate the Deflection Line
          3. Calculate Shaft Strength
          4. Calculate FEA Stresses
      11. Leveraging Your Existing Data
        1. DWG Files
          1. Remove Mechanical Content from a Drawing
        2. IGES Files
        3. Model Documentation
          1. Create Views Associated to an Autodesk Inventor 3D Model
      12. Mechanical Options for the CAD Manager
        1. Standards-Based Design
          1. Create and Set a Default Standard Template
        2. Configure Layer, Text, and Object Properties
          1. Configure Layers and Object Properties
        3. Configure the Annotation Tools
          1. Set Annotation Properties
        4. Configure Component Properties, BOMs, Parts Lists, and Balloons
          1. Configure Properties, BOM, Parts List, and Balloons

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  3. We stay committed to providing you real value. Again, your success is paramount; we will register you only if you have the skills to succeed.
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Award winning, world-class Instructors

Joseph D.
- Highly-skilled Autodesk Certified Instructor; working with Autodesk Softwares since 1993.
- Expert in AutoCAD, Autodesk 3DS, Autodesk Revit, Mechanical Desktop, Inventor, and Architectural Desktop.
- Authored course materials for numerous Autodesk courses.


Joseph is an Autodesk Certified Instructor specializing in developing and teaching Autodesk courses, with a working knowledge of such products as AutoCAD, Autodesk 3DS, Autodesk Revit, Mechanical Desktop, Inventor, and Architectural Desktop.

In addition to teaching and developing courses for the past 10 years, Joseph has authored course materials for many AutoDesk courses. He is also well versed in Inventor 8 and 9.

Joseph demonstrates a straightforward, down-to-earth teaching style in order to reach students at widely differing levels of expertise. His extensive product knowledge and exuberant teaching style makes Joseph a consistently highly rated instructor at NetCom Learning.
Roger M.
- Autodesk authority. Subject Matter Expert specializing in AutoCAD, Revit, 3D, and other Autodesk softwares with over 25 years of experience.
- More than 21 years of experience as a trainer.
- Highly rated instructor with all-time average student evaluation score of 8.7 out of 9.


Roger is an Autodesk Certified Instructor with over 25 years of experience working with challenging projects in the management and support in Revit BIM, AutoCAD and 3DS Max Systems Applications for numerous Architectural and Interior Design Firms, Construction, Engineering and Manufacturing Companies. He is proficient in Advanced Visualization Design and is a specialist with analysis, customization, management and optimization of BIM Revit, AutoCAD and 3DS Max for best practices and standards procedures. Roger has been able to support and assist many firms in the field of Architectural Design in the past 20 years.

Roger is also a CTT+ certified, with a Bachelors degree in Computer Programming
and also holds a New York University Certification. In addition, he has also been an
instructor since 1990 with proven on-site and online training expertise.

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