AutoCAD Mechanical is a specialized version of AutoCAD Release 14 completely optimized for mechanical design. The software incorporates all the functionality of AutoCAD Release 14.01, plus additional features including: a streamlined mechanical interface that simplifies access to mechanical functions; mechanical symbols that fully comply with international drafting standards; several new commands for creating and editing mechanical dimensions; and a multimedia on-line help system. AutoCAD Mechanical is available as a stand-alone product for $3,895, or as an upgrade to AutoCAD Release 12 or 13 for $695, or Release 14 for $195.
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For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.