AutoCAD: Dimreassociate / Reassociate

Written by Cindra Drowne-Walsh

Not a highly used command but good to know to keep your drawings technically on track with functions and features that AutoCAD offers. 

Reassociate / Dimreassociate is the command that connects (Associate) or disconnects (Disassociate) dimensions to the geometry. One of the greatest features that AutoCAD offers is the association between Dimensions and Geometry. With this association when you update the geometry the dimensions update automatically. So there is no reason to modify a Dimension to “fudge” in a number, modify the geometry and the Dimension will updates.

Where to locate this Command:

From the Command Line:

Command: DIMREASSOCIATE ↵ (Enter)

Select dimensions to reassociate

Select objects or [Disassociated]: (select the dimension to be associated) 1 found

Select objects or [Disassociated]: ↵ (Enter)

Specify first extension line origin or [Select object] <next>: (select where the First extension line placement is wanted)

Specify second extension line origin <next>: (select where the Second extension line placement is wanted)

Command: (the command completes itself so no Enter is require and you are ready to start with the next command.)

*Anything in the color RED is my added input you will not see this on the command line.

From the Ribbon:

Associate tab – Dimension Panel – Associate Button.

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The Command line prompts are the same as if they were Typed in as the above example.

Below is a quick example of how the Reassociate / Dimreassociate command works:

*note this command also offers the revers of Associate [Disassociate] if you want to take the association of the dimension to the geometry off.

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AutoCAD: Area command quicker than bringing out the calculator

Written by: Cindra Drowne-Walsh

The Area command calculates both the perimeter and area of your selections.

Points in space, points on geometry or selecting Objects to calculate the area is done easily within AutoCAD.

Where to access the Area command:

Command Line: type in MEASUREGEOM ↵ (Enter) or AREA will also work

Area 1

Ribbon: Home tab – Utilities panel – Measure drop down – Area.

Area 2

The Breakdown of the Area options: Area 3

Object: Select this when you have an entity such as a Circle, Ellipses, closed Polylines,

Polygon, a closed Entity. Not when you will be selecting individual point on the screen. This must also be selected after both the Add and Subtract area options if you will be selecting a closed entity.

Add area: Select this when you will be calculation more than one area at a time or when you want to subtract and area form the previously selected area.

Subtract area: This is selected after you have added in all areas to be added. This will remove (subtract) the areas selected from the Added areas.

Exit: Brings you into the other Utilities options:

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*When selecting objects with anything other than straight lines (such as Arcs or Splines) the geometry must be turned into a polyline (Edit Polyline command) – then the Object option may be used. When using the Area command with selecting points this only allows straight line selections.

Examples:

A: Object

Area 5

B: Points

Area 6a

Area 6b

Area 6c

C: Add and Subtract:

Start with the larger geometry to Add / Object options (select the larger Geometry) Enter when done – then within the same session of the command select Subtract / Object options (select the smaller object to be removed from the area) Enter when done. *Place a Rectangle or create a Polyline so there will be an Object to select

Notice the in the Command line the Total area decreases as each column is selected.

AutoCAD’s visuals are great the GREEN area is the Area being Added and Pink area is the Area being Subtracted.

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AutoCAD: eTransmit

Written by; Cindra Drowne-Walsh

eTransmit: A tried and true way to combine a drawing and its associated files (fonts and external references) together as a ZIP or an EXE file to easily archive or send to the customer / client.

How to access the command:

Application Menu – Publish – eTransmit:

Command Line: etransmit

The drawing example that will be usedDrawing for eTransmit

for this eTransmit exercise includes –

Working file: Floorplancomplete.dwg

Xref file: lthouse.dwg (the left side of the house

with attached deck.)

Font Styles: Times and Veranda

The above information will be included in the eTransmit ZIP file. You do have the option to exclude information by selecting the check mark next to the option you don’t want to send (this removes the selection).

STEP 1: Start the eTransmit command:

access eTransmit

STEP 2:  In the Create Transmittal Dialog box,

2a. A check in the boxes means the item will be included in the zip file. Select the check mark to remove any items you may not want to send along with this zip file.

Create eeTransmit

eTransmit Button

2c. To the right of the dialog box select Transmittal Setups… button:

Select or de-Select options within the Setup dialog box that is needed. Items I like to make sure are selected include some of the following options. Select OK once done.

eTransmit Setup

 

2d. Select the View Report button:

View Report

An Example of what the report consists of: Check out all the information this give you.

eTransmit transmital

2e. Select OK and save the file.

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AutoCAD: The tool palette that keep on giving

Written by: Cindra Drowne-Walsh

Express Tool Palette, Convert to Mtext button.

Mtext is the way to go when placing text (just for the convenience of modifying it later) into a drawing these day, but the Single Line Text is still just click away. If the Single Line Text or if Multiline Text has been exploded the Express Tool Palette has the solution for you to convert that text back into MTEXT.

Convert to Mtext button

Located in the Express Tools tab / Text Panel / Convert to Mtext button

or

Command Line: type in TXT2MTXT

Command Line sequence to the video it typed:

        Command: txt2mtxt

Select text objects, or [Options]<Options>:

Select objects: Specify opposite corner: 5 found

Select objects:  ↵

5 Text objects removed, 1 MText object added ↵

Note that at the start of the command it offers Options. To access the <options> at the prompt Select Objects ENTER. This will bring up the following dialog box. Displayed is the default and should work for most applications.

txt to mtext options

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selection set order option when chosen, this option allows the user to select the Single Line text in any random order with whatever Selection set method they choose. The text will re-order to the order it was selected. The end results of the text in the video won’t make sense but will show why Selection Set order matters.

The end result is the text has been converted to Multiline text and you now have all the editing options of Mtext available.

* Command input is not case sensitive Lower or Upper case responds the same.

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AutoCAD: A Time Saving Command

Written by Cindra Drowne-Walsh

Move, Copy, Rotate within the same button:

The Express Tools tab offers many unique time-saving options. This button puts you in a (running mode) which means once you access the command it keeps you in the command until you finalize it by either the Enter or Esc key  While in the command you are able to switch between these command options (Move, Copy, Rotate, Scale, Base, Undo) without having to re-access the command.

MCR button

Located in the Express Tools tab / Modify Panel / Move/Copy/Rotate

or

Command Line: type in MOCOR

Command Line sequence to the first video: Move, Copy and Rotate options are used.

Command: _.MOCORO

Select objects: 1 found
Select objects: ↵

Base point:

[Move/Copy/Rotate/Scale/Base/Undo]<eXit>: M

Second point of displacement:

[Move/Copy/Rotate/Scale/Base/Undo]<eXit>: C

Second point of displacement/Undo/<eXit>:  Select the end location

Second point of displacement/Undo/<eXit>: ↵

[Move/Copy/Rotate/Scale/Base/Undo]<eXit>: R

Second Point or Rotation angle:

[Move/Copy/Rotate/Scale/Base/Undo]<eXit>: ↵

Command Line sequence to the next video: Move, Sale, Base and Copy options are used.

*Base allows a new point of displacement to be selected.

Command: _.MOCORO

Select objects: 1 found

Select objects: ↵

Base point:

[Move/Copy/Rotate/Scale/Base/Undo]<eXit>: M

Second point of displacement:

[Move/Copy/Rotate/Scale/Base/Undo]<eXit>: S

Second Point or Scale factor: 2 ←     type in a numeric size the item was scaled by

[Move/Copy/Rotate/Scale/Base/Undo]<eXit>: B

Base point:

[Move/Copy/Rotate/Scale/Base/Undo]<eXit>: C

Second point of displacement/Undo/<eXit>: ↵

Second point of displacement/Undo/<eXit>: ↵

*Recall you can either select the desired option with a mouse click or type in the capital letter of the option.

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AutoCAD: Revision Cloud New to 2016 and some Old features

Written by: Cindra Drowne-Walsh

New to this release Rectangular or Polygonal Revision Clouds.

To access the Revision Cloud command:

Through the Ribbon:

Home tab – Draw Panel drop down –

Annotate tab – Markup Panel –

            Command Line:

Type in Revcloud ↵

Rev Cloud 1Rev Cloud 2

Rev Cloud 3

This Video show the three Revision Cloud styles:

Rectangular option TWO Places must be selected on the screen.

Polygonal option the user selected as many locations needed to create the Polygonal Rev Cloud around the area.

Freehand option select one point on the screen then move the mouse clockwise or counter-clockwise around the area desires and end up back at the starting point. AutoCAD places in the arc of the revision cloud and once back to the endpoint of where you started it closes the cloud.

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Setting/Options for the Revision Cloud Command:

ARC Length: Select Arc Length or Type in A then you type in the desired length. This stays until you change it.

Object: this turns an existing CLOSED entity such as a Polygon, Rectangle or Circle into a Revision Cloud.

Rectangle: / Polygonal: / Freehand: Allows you to switch from one style option to another.

Style: Offers two option – Normal (most commonly used on technical drawings) or Calligraphy
*The Style stays to the set option until the user changes it.

Rev Cloud 5

Modify: Allows modification to an existing Revision Cloud.

Access the Modify option / Select the Rev Cloud to modify / Pick points to add to the Revision Area ending back on an area of the original Rev Cloud – The program connects them – the next selection is to select the portion of the Rev Cloud to be removed – the next prompt is to reverse the direction of the cloud YES or NO.

 

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AutoCAD: NEW to AutoCAD 2016 Dimension Button

Written by: Cindra Drowne-Walsh

This new button (Dimension) allows continuous placement of dimensions. With selection of Geometry or Object Snap it switches from Liner to Radial to Angular and so on for quicker placement of Dimensions.

Dim1

*Dimension Styles are pre-defined as in previous versions.

            *Layers – There is an option within the Annotate – Dimension Panel for Dim Layer

Override. This allows you to select the Companies Standard Layer for the Dimensions to reside on. If you leave it at on Use Current it will place the Dimensions onto the Current Layer – and the current layer would be set in the Home tab – Layer Panel as in previous releases.

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Hover over Geometry for a preview of the dimension.

 

 

 

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Right-Click options once the user has pick a point on the drawing:

Dim6 LinearDim5 rt Radial

Right-Click option right after activating the Dim command and not yet selected a point on the drawing.

Dim7 Linear

The Video shows the Dim command in use. You will see it keeps the command active (running) until the user stops it – What type of dimension will be placed per the geometry selected (Linear, Angular, Aligned, Radius and Diameter), The Pop-up window when you Right Click while dimensioning a circle to switch the Option from Diameter to Radius.

*No Worries until you are comfortable with this new Button the Dimension drop down is still available and works the same as in previous release.

Dim3

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AutoCAD: Divide or Measure

Written by Cindra Drowne-Walsh

Divide: Located in the Home Tab / Draw panel drop down / Measure button

Places a Point Style symbol or (Block) at EQUAL Segments along the selected geometry.

Measure: Located in the Home Tab / Draw panel drop down / Measure button

Places a Point Style symbol or (Block) at MEASURED Intervals (a specified distance) along the selected geometry.

DV1

These two Commands are a great feature to use on all geometry such as Lines, Circles, Polygons and Splines to name a few. This does not break the selected geometry up. It places a Point Style or BLOCK on the geometry so that you have an exact location to reference. When referencing a Point Style with the Object Snap features turn on NODE. This snaps to the Point Style.

Point Style: Located in the Home tab / Utilities panel drop down / Point Style button. By default the Point Style is set to be a dot or a point.  This is changed by either the Point Style Button or by typing in DDPTYPE and setting it through the Command Line. *Keep in mind they may also be set as a blank option so nothing will display. If the Point Styles were not placed on their own layer to freeze prior to printing this is a quick way to hide them so they don’t display.

*Point Styles do print. Only ONE style is visible in a Drawing. They update visually when a new style is selected.

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Command Line input/prompts for both commands and the results.

Command: _DIVIDE
Select object to divide: “select the line”
Enter the number of segments or [Block]: 6 ↵
This placed the Point Style onto the line segment five (5) times to give the line six (6) equally spaced segments. These Point Styles selectable by the Object Snap NODE

Command: _MEASURE
Select object to measure: “select the line”
Specify length of segment or [Block]: .7625 ↵

DV4

Command Line input/prompts for both commands using the BLOCK option and the results.

Command: DIVIDE

Select object to divide: “Select the POLYLINE”

Enter the number of segments or [Block]: B

Enter name of block to insert: TEST “this is the name of the BLOCK that resides in the drawing”

Align block with object? [Yes/No] <Y>: Y

Enter the number of segments: 4

Command: MEASURE

Select object to measure: “Select the POLYLINE”

Specify length of segment or [Block]: B

Enter name of block to insert: TEST “this is the name of the BLOCK that resides in the drawing”

Align block with object? [Yes/No] <Y>: Y

Specify length of segment: 1.5

DV5

**When utilizing a Block instead of the Point Style the Block must already reside in the drawing. For example when you access the Insert Command it is listed within the available Blocks. If the Block is located out on the network insert it into the drawing prior to using it with these commands.

NODE: is the Object Snap to use when snapping to a Point Style.

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AutoCAD: Placing your Dimensions and Text on the right angles for Isometric drawings

Written by: Cindra Drowne-Walsh

Setting up the TEXT STYLES:

There are two setting that need to be done to achieve the correct angles off the text.

  1. TWO TEXT STYLE must be created one with the OBLIQUE ANGLE set to 30 and the other style with the OBLIQUE ANGLE set to -30 (negative 30).
  1. When in the MTEXT Command After the FIRST PICK on the Screen the ROTATION needs to be defined to either 30, -30 (negative 30) or 90. *Unfortunately this step needs to be done every time the MTEXT is accessed as the Rotation option seems not to stay as most other options do.

Set the Oblique Angle in the Text Style Dialog Box.

Iso 1

Set the Rotation within the MTEXT Command.

Iso 2
**The OBLIQUED TEXT STYLE needs to be defined first as this Text Style will be used as the Dimension Text Style.

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Setting up the DIMENSION STYLES:
1. Create a NEW DIMENSION STYLE and associate an Isometric Text Styles in the Text Tab of the Dimension Style Manager. Multiple Dimension Styles are needed only because the Isometric Text Styles previous created will need to be associated to those different Dimension Styles. Name these styles accordingly so it will be easy to select the desired style later.
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2. When Placing the Isometric Dimensions

a. Select the appropriate Dimension Style – place the dimension into the drawing.
b. Select the Oblique Icon (located in the Annotate Tab / Dimension Panel drop down.) Select the Dimension / Enter / type in the needed Angle. 30, 90, 150, 330.

Iso 6

Iso 7

Three Isometric options (Left, Top, Right) to switch the cross hairs to a different plane CTRL + E, F5 or even simpler select the  down arrow at the Isodraft Icon in the Status Bar.

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AutoCAD: WBlocks (Write Blocks) adjust to the Insert Unit

Written by Cindra Drowne-Walsh

Do you use different forms of units within your projects/company and want to utilize your WBlocks in all projects quickly?

Example. A projects is Decimal Units and another projects in Metric Units, you have WBlocks created in Decimal Units and want to utilize then in a Metric unit DWG.

Steps to take for the conversion to work seamlessly.

  1. When creating a WBlock make sure a form of units that applies to the WBlock is defined in the WBlock dialog box / Insert Units drop down area.

*In this drawing example the WBlock Insert Units are set to Inches:

WBlock Units 1

Wblock Units 2

*Here is the WBlock example, Switch Plate drawn in Decimal units, the Insert units defined as Inches in the Write Block dialog box.

WBlock Imperial units 3

2. Open the next Drawing define the Insertion Scale found in the Drawing units Dialog box. Ex. Millimeters…
Drawing Units Millimeters 4
3. Insert the WBlock: The conversion happens automatically.

WBlock Metric units 5

Imperial Units:   X   the metric conversion of Millimeters (24.5)

2.750    X       25.4   =       70.6120

 

4.500    X       25.4   =       114.3000

 

 

 

 

 

 

The suffix mm was added – within the Dimension Style manager / Primary Units tab / Linear Dimension area.

Hint:   When creating a WBlock for your library stay consistent with the form of units you create them in. If you and your co-workers know all WBlocks are created in Inches they will know to check the Insertion Scale if inserting into a drawing with units other than Inches.  Inches is the example option I chose to use your type of work will direct that choice.

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