At last! Now I can start showing all the stuff we've been developing for the whole year.
AutoCAD 2011 is out!
Since you're reading What a Mesh!, I assume you have a strong interest in design and modeling.
So let's focus on those features. I will be posting videos, tutorials, white papers and tips & tricks on the following months.
Ever needed to model surfaces in AutoCAD? We did have the ability to extrude, loft and sweep open profiles and get them, but now we have a full feature around Surface Modeling. But not just a NURBS modeler.
We are introducing Explicit Surfaces, which means that the surfaces will have the properties according to the method of creation at all time.
What about moving a curve that was used for surface creation? Well... let me introduce you to the concept of Associative Surfaces! Surfaces keep associativity with the curves and surface edges used to create them, even after a trimming operation. Nice!
So you want more? More control perhaps? We can use parameters on the surfaces, and drive them through the Parameters Manager introduced in 2010!
Not everything is about surfaces. We also enhanced solids and meshes.
If you liked the concept of Direct Manipulation introduced with Mesh modeling, I challenge you to find one task dialog. Not one for creation and editing of surfaces (just one for rebuilding NURBS). This means, you work faster. All can be done in canvas.
What else? Better splines. Much better splines, really. Stay tuned.
But that's not all. We added better interaction for complex models. Selection Cycling and Object Culling will help you select the right entities, and not display undesired grips.
Have you heard about point clouds? Do you imagine 2 billion points (yes, 2,000,000,000) being attached into AutoCAD without performance loss? Not science fiction. You got it.
Now you can also have a much better representation of materials in the viewport and rendering. And all the materials are shared with Revit, Max and Inventor.
Talking about interoperability. You may want to understand how to operate with Inventor, Revit and Max. We'll also cover these aspects.
So stay tuned for the next posts.
Until then, here is an interactive overview of AutoCAD 2011.