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AutoCAD Productivity

Rotate with the Copy Option

by Michael Beall

From: AutoCAD Productivity Articles #135
Originally published: August 2014

Grips don't get a lot of respect, but they are really quite powerful [See ‘The Lost Art of Grips’ in Michael's Corner March 2005], and the introduction of multifunction grips a few versions ago [Covered in Michael's Corner in July 2011 & April 2012], really kicked 'em up a notch.

However, what I want to mention here, is the Copy option of the Rotate command (…which is a similar feature when using grips, if you were wondering about the relevance).

Chairs to copy and rotate

In the following exercise, the chair arrangement must be completed on all four sides.

How to Copy with Rotate

  1. Launch the Rotate command, select the objects to rotate, then press [Enter].

  2. To pick the middle of the conference table, Shift + Right-click and click Mid Between 2 Points, then click two diagonally opposed corners to specify the rotation basepoint between them.

  3. Click the Copy option (or enter C if you have a version prior to AutoCAD 2013).

  4. Turn on Ortho if necessary, then click to rotate—and copy—the selected objects!

Chairs copied and rotated

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2D Drawings from your 3D Models

Flatshot

Over the years, there have been various methods of creating 2D drawings from 3D models in AutoCAD. In the early days, we used export to DXB, a file format that is no longer supported. Then came the FLATTEN command. Now, there's a new command that's better than previous methods.

The FLATSHOT command creates a 2D block object of any view that includes 3D solid objects. There are a number of options including show/hide obscured lines and independent control over the colour and linetype of foreground and obscured lines. Flatshot works by projecting the lines of your current view, not UCS, onto a plane. This is a little more versatile than Flatten and doesn't seem to skew the dimension of the object, which Flatten is notorious for. It also has the advantage of leaving the original object as is. The only downside is that it seems to have problems with perspective views. Parallel projection views work perfectly.

Today's tip is by CromCruithne

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