In this week’s tip, two simple clicks will allow you to zoom in on your entire drawing to see every part of it. You can double click your middle mouse button or type in ZOOM then EXTENTS in your AutoCAD command line to achieve the same thing.
Every couple of weeks, one of my colleagues or a client will call saying their entire AutoCAD interface has disappeared - no ribbons, no tabs, nothing... In this weeks tip, we’ll be going over an easy way to retrieve you interface which involves unloading your ACAD cui and reloading it to resolve this issue.
There is a function specifically for drawing multiple lines when designing roads in your AutoCAD drawings - the Multiple Line command. In this tip we’ll be going over how to adjust your Multiple Line styles and create customizable styles for roads. This will cut down on time spent editing and adjusting designs and increase your teams productivity.
Last week we went over some features of dynamic blocks. This week in continuation of the topic, we will be going over how to create a dynamic block. If you have an object that is commonly used across your departments, setting up dynamic actions for that block is going to cut down on a lot wasted time and increase efficiency within your team.
Dynamic blocks are just like normal blocks with advanced features. As the name suggests, dynamic means they change either based on constraints or pre defined settings.
This week’s tip covers AutoCAD options customizations. We’ll be customizing our crosshairs, pick boxes and grips enabling you to navigate the rest of your AutoCAD interface easily.
It can be frustrating when you finally get the perfect isometric view of an AutoCAD drawing only to somehow lose it. Worry no more! with the following tip you’ll be able to save as many views as you please and return to them at a later stage in your design process.
Point clouds are becoming the CAD industry standard more and more everyday. From importing survey data, to surface scans using LIDAR instruments, point clouds offer higher precision and a better visual representation of a mine site than ever before.
We all use calculators from time to time while undertaking engineering and design work. With the quickcalc tool, you can send your calculation results directly to your AutoCAD command line with the click of a button. This is a time saving and productivity increasing tip that is sure to come in handy.
AutoCAD drawings get crowded very quickly when being used by multiple departments. One of the more common problems that engineers run into while hatching a region is gaps that occur within that region.
If you ever pan around in your layout space and lose track of objects, the CHSPACE command saves the day by allowing you to move objects from the layout space to model space and vice versa. An example where this tool comes in handy is if you add some text to your drawing, then you decide that the text should be in a notes box in your title block or you add some text in your title block...
There are times when an image needs to be included in an AutoCAD drawing such as a title block for a company logo.
Our tip this week is useful for construction drafters, civil engineers and design work. We’ll be going over the differences between XLINES and RAYS, then explaining the uses for each.
This week’s tip is an easy to use tool for manipulating 3D objects. The Gizmo tool allows you to drag faces, vertices and edges along the 3 coordinate axes and along different combinations of planes.
As most mining engineers and geologists know, day-to-day CAD drawings change hands frequently. Keep track of all the changes, AutoCAD created a command for this distinct purpose. The REVCLOUD command creates clouds in a variety of shapes (polygon, free hand, rectangular, arc) around the areas you’ve edited making it easier for the next person to notice your changes and revise them if n...
This week’s time saving tip is useful when extracting attributes from AutoCAD to use them in other softwares. Once the template file is setup, it is easy to add or remove any other attributes you would like to be extracted.
Geology departments often use the solid hatch which will hide anything below it. Users can use the draw order in order to bring other objects above this hatch but this may need to be redone or adjusted from time to time.
Blasting outlines just got a whole lot easier with the BPOLY command. This command comes in handy when your blasting outline is irregular, instead of following the irregularities manually with a polyline, you can simplify the process with the BPOLY command which will follow the irregularities automatically once you select the internal point.
A quick drag and drop trick, this tip demonstrates how to use the tool palette for quick hatching. CTRL + 3 will bring up the tool palette. Navigate to the Hatches tab and then drag and drop your desired hatches into the desired object to apply that hatch. If you’ve created a custom hatch you can drag and drop it onto the tool palette for easy access.