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Helpful drawing features for architects, engineers and contractorsWhether you are working on a construction project or designing a new type of structural material, you need to make decisions about technical details that could affect your work. You want to get it right, but it can be difficult to anticipate all the questions that will arise. You can simplify the process of decision making with AutoCAD. You can use the Structural Family Manager to make decisions about the geometric details of your design. Using this feature, you can control the look of your geometric shapes and surfaces by changing their material category and thickness.Use the Material Properties dialog box to specify the Surface, Base, and Fill properties of geometric shapes. This allows you to include or exclude certain materials, such as trowel, tile, marble, granite, and others, in specific regions of your drawing. You can specify the appearance of a material in a drawing by assigning that material to a region of a drawing. For example, when you specify a grout area in your drawing, you can create the appearance of concrete with your grout selection in that region. You can also specify how material properties affect the appearance of your drawing by assigning material properties to Regions.You can also share the look of your designs with other users by using the Structural Family Manager. With this feature, you can store the geometric details and materials of your design in a family, and then assign that family to other drawings. When a person is viewing your drawings, they can choose the Structural Family they want to see. This gives other people a consistent appearance to help them understand your designs.In addition to the material properties, you can now assign the Color Theme, Color Scheme, and Pattern to the attributes of your drawing objects. By doing this, you can use color as a way to help people understand your drawings.Pricing and availabilityAutoCAD® 2018 Release Date: January 12, 2018AutoCAD® 2019 Release Date: March 27, 2019AutoCAD® 2020 Release Date: July 30, 2019AutoCAD® 2021 Release Date: March 20, 2020AvailabilityAutoCAD® 2017 is available now. AutoCAD® 2018, AutoCAD® 2019, AutoCAD® 2020, and AutoCAD® 2021 are available for the MSRP of $3,995, $4,595, $4,999, and $5,499, respectively. AutoC 2be273e24d