AutoCAD Mechanical

by Autodesk Inc

An AutoCAD-based manufacturing program that centers around mechanical design with some extra libraries

Operating system: Windows

Publisher: Autodesk Inc

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AutoCAD Mechanical could be summed up as just being another CAD, right? Well, not really. In reality, it's more of an extended version of it, sort of. It focuses more on the mechanical parts of it, engineering, machine components, material creation/editing, and so on. Creation of specific mechanical parts, assemblies, drawings, and others, while adding all of their subsequent details, can all be done easily, as well as specifying the material of which the part is composed. 

The app supports over 700000 variations of those, in different formats, mainly ISO, BSI, DIN, and GB ones. It also has support for custom-added libraries and overall any addable content that you may need in your work. There is a command preview menu, with offset commands and chamfer coming with it. You can also seamlessly assign certain documents to your workings as a way of specifying additional information on the subject with some other drafting tools that can add details to the existing project. Overall the software doesn't suffer from any kind of low feature amount or variety, 'cause in those fields programs like AutoCAD Mechanical simply excel.


  • Various ways of adding extra information or assigning data to said model/part/project
  • Automated models and drawing updates which happen according to changes that may occur on the work manual redraws happen fewer times and are surely less painful if they eventually do
  • Easy management of layers and sublayers, with a selection of lineweights/types and configurations for all the things that may come with
  • Highly customizable settings menu that includes parameters for almost every aspect of the software, adjusting and changing the structure and the way it works

So, most of the handy (and some more advanced, yet still encounterable) features have been said and explained it would be now logical to assume something like AutoCAD Mechanical is definitely a must of software in that part of the engineering area. It may come as a more narrow-focused solution but that's really the point, focusing on certain parts (hehe) of the engineering process, and let us just say it does it pretty well.

AutoCAD Mechanical is an AutoCAD focused application that works the same way normal CAD operates with some additional touches done to help you customize your project
64-bit Operating System (Windows 10 recommended)
3+ GHz Processor
4 GB GPU with 106 GB/s Bandwidth and DirectX 11 compliant

Extensive library optimizes the design process.
Interoperable with other AutoCAD applications.
Comprehensive tools specifically for mechanical engineering.

High cost might be prohibitive for smaller businesses.
Steep learning curve for beginners.
Occasional crashes can disrupt work flow.
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