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In AutoCAD 2011 New Features, instructor Jeff Bartels highlights productivity and creativity enhancing additions to the AutoCAD toolset. This course covers improved functions for selecting and creating geometry, updated modification tools for hatches and polylines, simplified parametric constraint tools, and the new dynamic surface modeling techniques for creating complex shapes. Exercise files accompany the course.
The next tool we are going to look at could be referred to as a productivity enhancer, because it takes the busy work out of creating new entities. The tool I am speaking of is called Add Selected. And it lets us create new geometry based on existing objects in our drawing. On my screen I have got a detailed drawing that represents a typical wheel stop. This is something you might find in a parking lot. And I'm currently working on the end view portion of this drawing, so let's zoom in a little bit. The first thing I'd like to do is create a line segment from the endpoint here to the endpoint here.
But I'd like it to have the same properties as this geometry. So what I'll do is select this object, right- click, and choose Add Selected from the menu. This launches the Line command. I can then draw my line from the endpoint here to the end point here. When I'm finished, I'll hit Escape. Now take a look at my current layer. It's called detail-7 and it happens to be white. This new entity that I created was placed on the same layer as this existing one. Basically I just selected the object I wanted to match and AutoCAD took care of the rest.
Let's back up a little bit and we will create a new dimension. To do that I'll select this dimension and right-click, I'll choose Add Selected, and I'll create my dimension from the endpoint here to the endpoint here. And then I'll pull this out and we will place it right there. Once again this dimension has the exact same properties as this existing one. Now I'd like to add one more thing. Let's create another callout in this drawing. To do that I'll select this M leader and right-click. We'll choose Add Selected, and I would like my leader to be pointed to, Shift-right-click, I'll select Nearest.
We'll click right here. Place my leader right there and then we'll enter our text. Reinforcing Bars-2 each. When I am finished I'll click in model space to close the Editor. We can use the Add Selected tool to create additional circles or polylines or hatch objects. Generally speaking, if we can select something we can quickly create another one with similar properties. So the next time you need to add something to your drawing, try using the Add Selected tool.
It just might be the fastest way to create new geometry.
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