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What’s New in AutoCAD 2017? Coordination Model Enhancements

Heidi Hewett
April 22, 2016

No. 14 in the list of top new AutoCAD 2017 features. AutoCAD 2017 coordination models now support standard 2D endpoint and center object snaps, enabling you to snap to precise locations on the coordination model as you design.

“What’s a coordination model?” you ask? Great question!

Coordination models are used to virtually coordinate the various trades through a project’s pre-construction and construction phases. AutoCAD 2016 introduced the ability for you to attach coordination models as underlays to your AutoCAD drawings, which enables you to view them within the context of your AutoCAD model.

Coordination model file formats include BIM 360 Glue and Navisworks. You can see this functionality in the AutoCAD 2016 Navisworks video and BIM 360 Glue video.

For a demo of the object snap enhancements, watch this very brief AutoCAD 2017 Coordination Model video.

AutoCAD 2017 - Coordination model object snaps.

Coordination model object snaps

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

One more and it’s all over! This is the penultimate post in a series of deeper dives into the top new AutoCAD 2017 features.

The final post in the What’s New in AutoCAD 2017? series: Print Studio

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.