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Lesson34 – Working Effectively With Attributes – overview

Overview When you define a new Block you can select graphical objects like LINEs, ARCs, CIRCLEs & TEXT to use in the block definition so when you Insert the block you get an instance (copy) of the definition which is like an imprint of the original objects. Attribute definitions (ATTRIBUTEs) are special objects that are like formatted database fields in which you can store (ASCII) text data. you can select ATTRIBUTEs along with other (graphical) objects when you define new Block Read More...

Lesson33 – Creating Non-Rectangular Viewports

You can draw non-rectangular viewports directly with straight edge segments using the Vports Polygonal option. You can also draw a 2D closed shape on the PAPER above a viewport and use this object to clip the viewport. for example, you could draw a CIRCLE on the PAPER above a VIEWPORT and Copy the CIRCLE & VIEWPORT to the side. then you could clip the copied VIEWPORT using the copied CIRCLE to create a new detail view (DETAIL B shown Read More...

Lesson32 – Using DesignCenter To Import Layouts

You have already seen how you can import a layout from a template drawing file with little effort. you can also use DesignCenter to search for layouts in any (closed or open) drawing to drag & drop into the active drawing. in the next exercise you will use DesignCenter to import a layout (that you created) into a different drawing. then you will modify the imported layout to generate a 3D Modellayout for this sundial model. you will see how Read More...

Lesson30b – Managing Layout Tabs

You can quickly generate many layouts in the same drawing so you must learn how to Delete layouts Copy layouts Move layouts Rename layouts Delete Right-click on the desired layout and select Delete to delete the selected layout(s) from the active drawing. you are asked to verify that you really want to permanently delete the selected layout(s). Use your <Shift> and <Ctrl> keys to select more than one layout tab to Delete (or perform other operations) at the same time. you can Read More...

Lesson31 – Freezing Layers In Specific Viewports

You can Freeze layers in some viewports while leaving them Thawed at the same time in other viewports. first make the desired viewport the active viewport (the MODELbutton will be in the status bar) then use the Layer command. select the desired layers to Freeze in the current viewport (ONLY) and check the Freeze in active viewport box. if you check Freeze in new viewports the selected layer(s) will be automatically frozen in any viewports you create after that Read More...

Lesson30 – Setting & Locking Viewport Scale

The standard approach is to Plot layouts at a scale of 1:1. you have already set up your A Size – Portrait layout to use a Plot scale of 1:1 (see step 6 on page 10). you must set viewport display magnification (scale) relative to paper space so viewports Plot at the required drawing scale. Zoom Scale One way to precisely set a viewport display magnification is to use the Scale option of the Zoom command. make the desired viewport the Read More...

Lesson29 – Creating Rectangular Viewports

You can use Vports to create a variety of viewport configurations in paper space or model space. this is particularly useful to set up top, front, right andIsometric viewports for mechanical 3D applications. each viewport can also have a different UCS which makes it easier to create parts in 3D. the utility is also useful to set up several viewports at the same time for 2D applications. You will probably create single viewports most of the time. the Viewports toolbar Read More...

Lesson28B – Creating & Using Layouts In Templates

You should customize your template drawing files to include the most common page setups as layouts. you can have a different layout for each sheet size you use. then the desired sheet is readily available when you start New drawings From a Template. You do not need these layouts in ALL of your template drawings. you can create a few template drawing files specifically forlayouts and set up each layout as desired. To use a layout from your template you can Read More...

Lesson28A – Creating New Layouts From Scratch

You can create a new layout from scratch by right-clicking on theModel or a Layout tab and picking New layout from a shortcut. Creating a New layout does NOT make it the current layout and new layouts are not setup initially so when you select a new layout the Page Setup will be invoked automatically. the same thing happens if you select one of the existing layouts (Layout1 or Layout2) when you start a new drawing from scratch. Select one of Read More...

Lesson27 – Overview working effectively with layouts

You will use layouts in this module to prepare for three different plots of a simple architectural plan. Each layout will be organized on separate tabs that you can easily select at the bottom of the screen. these layouts will be saved with basic plot settings and plot devices selected on each page. Later in this module you will create two layouts from a 3D model of the sundial illustrated below (no 3D knowledge/skills required). you will adjust layer settings & Read More...

Lesson26 – Sub Styles For Specific Dimension Types

You can set up sub styles (family styles prior to AutoCAD 2000) so certain dimension types use slight variations of the current style. For example, you might want radial dimensions to be displayed with no center mark and to use fractions as the unit format but have diameter dimensions display with a center mark and use decimals as the unit format. you can use sub styles to achieve these results automatically (no need to change the current style or Read More...

Lesson25B – Overriding Dimension Styles

Why? You will probably want to create dimensions that deviate only slightly from an existing dimension style. it can be inefficient to define a completely new style for only a few similar dimensions in a drawing (e.g. to add tolerances). you can override the dimension style for a few dimension variable settings on selected dimension objects. How? There are at least four different ways to override a dimension style. define <style overrides> before creating new dimensions. define <style overrides> before updating existing Read More...

Lesson25C – Learning More About Dimension Style Settings

You can set up sub styles (family styles prior to AutoCAD 2000) so certain dimension types use slight variations of the current style. For example, you might want radial dimensions to be displayed with no center mark and to use fractions as the unit format but have diameter dimensions display with a center mark and use decimals as the unit format. you can use sub styles to achieve these results automatically (no need to change the current style or manually Read More...

Lesson24A- Dimension Styles Overview.

Dimension variables are special system variables stored in each drawing to control the way dimensions appear. a dimension style is a collection of dimension variable settings that you save with a unique name in a drawing. you can completely change the way dimensions appear by changing the variable settings saved in a dimension style. for example, the illustrations below compare AutoCAD dimension styles in drawings created for two different industries. There are more than 60 dimension variables but you will Read More...

Lesson24B- Key Settings For New Dimension Styles

The changes you make in custom dimension styles will depend on the type of drawings that you want to create. some settings may be dictated by accepted drafting standards. other settings may be dictated in office standards established by the company that you work for. each drawing unit (i.e. mm vs inches) has unique requirements. There are so many different settings to consider that an attempt to review all of them could be counter-productive. this section addresses some of the Read More...

Lesson23 – Tracking With Parallel & Extension OSNAPs

The Parallel osnap  is powerful when combined with the other tools described earlier in this document. you can acquire Alignment points using the Parallel osnap to constrain the tracking vector parallel to the segment of interest. the Parallel osnap can avoid having to define a temporary UCS or create temporary construction objects (e.g. avoid Offset). The Extension osnap (new in AutoCAD 2000) lets you Track along the extension of existing objects (even non-linear objects like ARCs). this can avoid having Read More...

Lesson22 – Tracking With Alignment Points

The Object Snap Tracking tool is an alternative to using point filters in earlier AutoCAD versions. you can use Object Snap Tracking to pick a point that is generated using one or more alignment points. In the simple example below, the desired point “C” could begenerated from the X value of point “A” and the Y value of point “B” Object Snap Tracking can also incorporate the power of PolarTracking (that you used in the last exercise) so this tool Read More...
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