Toolsets

Architecture Toolset

The Architecture toolset gives you all the tools you need to complete your projects faster and scale your project pipeline. Boost architectural design and drafting productivity with time-saving features and task automation:

  • Access a library of 8,500+ architectural components, including multilevel blocks
  • Automatically generate floor plans, elevations, sections, and ceiling grids
  • Quickly place walls, doors, and windows with real-world construction

Other features:

Drawing version management

Check out and check in files to maintain versioning, prevent unauthorized changes and ensure drawing integrity. Revert to an earlier version of a drawing with comments history, and view the drawing name appended with check-in time.

Support for layer standards

The toolset creates multiple layers according to the current standard, using predefined layer standards and matching layer key styles. This lets you automatically generate layers as needed when you add objects to a drawing.

Display System

With the Display System, you only have to draw an architectural object once. The appearance of that object will change automatically to meet the display requirements of different types of drawings, view directions, and levels of detail.

Design with space & zone objects
Enhance your design options. Organize reports with spaces, and use zones to structure spaces into various groups, according to different schemes.
Detail Component Manager
Use the Detail Component Manager dialog box to seamlessly navigate between different detail component databases. A hierarchical tree view and a filter feature make it easy to locate individual components within a database.
Architectural renovation
Display existing, demolished, and new construction in a single drawing. This lets you design and produce renovations more quickly, while avoiding errors typically caused by editing multiple drawings.

Electrical Toolset

Boost productivity with electrical design features that help you create, modify, and document electrical controls systems. With the Electrical toolset, you can:

  • Access a library of 65,000+ intelligent electrical symbols
  • Automate numbering of wires and generation of component tags
  • Generate and update multiple customized reports automatically

Other features:

Support for electrical standards
In addition to supporting the latest electrical standards, the Electrical toolset continues to provide the JIC and older IEC symbol libraries for legacy support.
Easily manage projects
Use the Project Manager’s time-saving features to boost productivity and simplify your project. Re-tag components, easily make changes to your file, and access simple export options.
Coil & contact cross-referencing
Simplify your projects by keeping track of parent/child contacts in real time while Circuit Builder dynamically builds the circuit, assigning each component a component tag.
SQL catalog support
Save time with SQL catalog database support. When you generate a Bill of Materials in Autodesk Vault, the data from your AutoCAD Electrical drawings will be automatically added to the report, including the details in the catalog database.
PLC drawings from spreadsheets
Speed up your workflow by using a single data file to generate multiple drawings. Define a project’s I/O assignments and generate PLC drawings automatically from a spreadsheet, database, or comma-delimited text file.
Circuit design and reuse
Simplify your electrical design with Circuit Builder. Access prepopulated data to build and annotate a sampling of motor control and power feed circuits.

Map 3D Toolset

This model-based GIS mapping software provides access to CAD and GIS data to support planning, design, and management. With the Map 3D toolset, you can:

  • Directly access spatial data using Feature Data Objects (FDO) technology
  • Directly edit geospatial data
  • Manage infrastructure systems with Enterprise Industry Models

Other features:

Connect to ArcGIS

Streamline the flow of data between ArcGIS and Map 3D and keep features information up to date.

Apply coordinate geometry

Use coordinate geometry (COGO) input commands to enter accurate geometry when creating objects.

Apply styling and theming

Easily update styling using the style editor and use themes to display data to indicate different values.

Build topologies
Create topologies to perform useful calculations, such as identifying customers downstream from a faulty pump.
Convert data to intelligent industry models

Create and manage intelligent industry models by converting GIS data.

Convert data between DWG and GIS data

Perform high-fidelity data conversions using MapImport and MapExport.

Run drawing cleanup actions
Use drawing cleanup to automate time-consuming corrections for common drafting and digitizing errors.
Analyze data with tools
Use robust functionalities, including buffers, overlay, and spatial queries, to analyze data.

Mechanical Toolset

Increase productivity with industry-specific tools for mechanical engineering, including 700,000+ intelligent parts and features. With the Mechanical toolset, you can:

  • Access a library of standards-based parts, tools, and custom content
  • Customize properties of object types and create them on custom layers
  • Automate tasks such as creating bills of materials (BOMs)

Other features:

Power and automatic dimensioning

Get more work done in less time. Use abbreviated dialog boxes to set preferences for power dimension commands for the current standard.

GD&T symbols/annotations

Pre-configure symbols and save them to the symbol library for reuse. You can also access symbol libraries for welding, surface texture, and more.

Drawing border and title blocks

Customize drawing borders and title blocks to work with your system. Each exists as a separate .dwg file, which you can copy and modify to optimize your configuration.

Leader notes (AMNOTE)
Get the most out of your notes with formulas that automatically apply to an object. Use a template from a predefined set to display meaningful context-sensitive information immediately, instead of having to do it yourself.
Drawing detailing
Use intelligent drafting tools made specifically for mechanical design. Boost drawing productivity and efficiency with reusable detailing tools such as Centerline, AMSHIDE, Hole Charts, and Scale Area for Viewports.
2D calculations
Combine automatic part creation with drawing automation to get the best value. Efficiently analyze designs and perform 2D calculations such as FEA, Shaft Calc, and Moment of Inertia.

MEP Toolset

HVAC and building systems are made easy with an industry-specific toolset for MEP (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing) that increases productivity . With the MEP toolset, you can:

  • Access a library of 10,500+ intelligent MEP objects
  • Optimize your workflow with individual palettes and domain-specific ribbons
  • Automatically update drawings, sheets, and schedules when changes occur

Other features:

Drawing version management

Check out and check in files to maintain versioning, prevent unauthorized modifications, and ensure drawing integrity. Easily revert to an earlier version of your drawing at any time.

Design with space & zone objects

Enhance your design options by using spaces to organize reports and zones to structure spaces into various groups, according to different schemes.

Support for layer standards

Incorporate common layer standards into your project standards, customize them, or create your own.

Display System
With the Display System, you only have to draw an object once. The appearance of that object will change automatically to meet the display requirements of different types of drawings, view directions, and levels of detail.
Detail Component Manager
Use the Detail Component Manager dialog box to seamlessly navigate between different detail component databases. A hierarchical tree view and a filter feature make it easy to locate individual components within a database.

Plant 3D Toolset

Create and edit P&IDs and 3D models, and extract piping orthographics and isometrics with an industry-specific toolset for plant design. With the Plant 3D toolset, you can:

  • Collaborate securely in a cloud-based common data environment
  • Speed up and automate P&ID drafting and 3D modeling with in-context commands
  • Automatically create piping isometric drawings directly from the 3D model  

Other features:

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.)

Collaboration for Plant 3D

Collaborate on plant design models across project teams and maintain compliance requirements—all in a cloud-based common data environment.

Parametric equipment templates

Create and edit equipment using parametric templates to help you build plant layouts faster.

Industry-standard symbol libraries
The Plant 3D toolset is delivered with standard symbol libraries in the tool palettes. These include PIP, ISA, ISO/DIN, and JIS.
Structural modeling
Lay out structures, stairs, ladders, and railings using industry-standard steel sections including AISC, CISC, and DIN.
Automated project-specific reporting
Define report formats for the project and automatically populate the data directly from the 3D model.

Raster Design Toolset

Use raster design tools in a specialized toolset to edit scanned drawings and convert raster images to DWG™ objects. With the Raster Design toolset, you can:

  • Access tools to enhance image editing and cleanup
  • Edit REM objects using standard AutoCAD commands
  • Simplify your workflows with vectorization tools 

Other features:

Raster Entity Manipulation (REM)

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

Vectorization tools

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

Image transformation functionality

Show and analyze geo images in Civil 3D civil engineering software and the AutoCAD Map 3D toolset.

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