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What’s New in AutoCAD 2017? 3D Graphics Enhancements

Heidi Hewett
April 20, 2016

Welcome to the 13th (lucky you!) post in this “What’s New in AutoCAD 2017?” series. Weeks ago, I focused on the AutoCAD 2017 improvements to 2D graphics. But 3D graphics gets a boost, too: Improved stability and performance from a new 3D graphics subsystem. Now you can view and orbit large 3D models, with visual styles, and you won’t experience adaptive degradation. Previously, it would automatically turn off visual features during interactive display operations to maintain an acceptable frame rate.

Check out the AutoCAD 2017 3D Graphics enhancements video!

AutoCAD 2017 - 3D Graphics comparison.

3D graphics comparison between AutoCAD 2016 and AutoCAD 2017

The performance for 3D drawings has been improved overall, but especially for models with a large number of small blocks containing edges and facets. Use any 3D Navigation tools to experience the improved performance.

What’s New in AutoCAD 2017? The Adventure Continues….

Just two more! This is the thirteenth in a series of deeper dives into the top new AutoCAD 2017 features.

Next up in the What’s New in AutoCAD 2017? series: Coordination Model Enhancement

Previous topics covered include….

Want to see the entire series at a glance? Visit the “Blog Series: What’s New in AutoCAD 2017?” page.



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Heidi Hewett

Heidi Hewett has dedicated her career to educating people on the use of AutoCAD software. She began using AutoCAD as a student in 1986 and soon after earning her B.S. in Architectural Engineering, Heidi transitioned from an Autodesk customer to an Autodesk employee. During her career at Autodesk, Heidi has held a variety of positions including Product Support Technician, Training Specialist, and Senior Applications Engineer. In her current role as the AutoCAD Technical Marketing Manager, Heidi assists the marketing team in developing and delivering technical marketing material for AutoCAD. She continues to educate Autodesk customers, partners, and employees through Webcasts, seminars, and her AutoCAD Insider blog. It is her passion for education that inspired Heidi to earn an M.S. in Technical Communication and an M.A. in Information and Learning Technologies.