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Creating new geometry based on existing objects

From: AutoCAD 2011 New Features

Video: Creating new geometry based on existing objects

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.

Creating new geometry based on existing objects

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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AutoCAD 2011 New Features

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  1. 2m 4s
    1. Welcome
      1m 28s
    2. Using the exercise files
      36s
  2. 14m 2s
    1. Adapting to the updated Drawing window
      4m 4s
    2. Introducing the Navigation bar
      5m 28s
    3. Accessing the web-based help system
      4m 30s
  3. 27m 36s
    1. Understanding the new visibility controls
      3m 5s
    2. Selecting objects that have similar properties
      3m 24s
    3. Creating new geometry based on existing objects
      2m 20s
    4. Making selections when entities overlap
      4m 11s
    5. Applying transparency to objects
      5m 44s
    6. Controlling text alignment within linetypes
      8m 52s
  4. 16m 38s
    1. Automating the creation of geometric constraints
      5m 35s
    2. Applying constraints to text rotation
      3m 8s
    3. Using the updated Parameters Manager
      7m 55s
  5. 38m 40s
    1. Streamlining hatch creation
      5m 56s
    2. Editing hatch objects dynamically
      4m 36s
    3. Editing polylines using multifunctional grips
      6m 14s
    4. Creating splines using fit points or control vertices
      10m 30s
    5. Editing splines using intuitive grip menus
      8m 17s
    6. Using the JOIN command to connect contiguous geometry
      3m 7s
  6. 18m 56s
    1. Exploring the updated 3D working environment
      6m 50s
    2. Simplifying the creation and editing of solid models
      5m 59s
    3. Introducing new tools to edit mesh models
      6m 7s
  7. 1h 25m
    1. Introducing surfaces
      2m 50s
    2. Understanding associative surfaces
      7m 9s
    3. Creating composite models using surfaces and solids
      9m 3s
    4. Producing a smooth blend between surfaces
      7m 20s
    5. Trimming and extending surfaces
      10m 55s
    6. Projecting geometry onto a surface
      5m 29s
    7. Filleting the edge between two surfaces
      6m 37s
    8. Creating offset and network surfaces
      8m 45s
    9. Pushing and pulling surfaces into freeform shapes
      10m 52s
    10. Analyzing surface continuity
      6m 15s
    11. Assembling the composite model
      10m 40s
  8. 22m 2s
    1. Introducing the new Materials Browser
      6m 10s
    2. Applying materials to an assembly
      6m 2s
    3. Customizing render materials
      5m 17s
    4. Creating a high-resolution image
      4m 33s
  9. 16s
    1. Goodbye
      16s

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