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AutoCAD 2011 Essential Training

Inserting blocks


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AutoCAD 2011 Essential Training

with Jeff Bartels

Video: Inserting blocks

In this lesson we are going to talk about blocks. Blocks are something that we use whenever we have geometry that's repeated throughout our drawing, they are a lot like symbols. I would like to start off by inserting a block into this file to give you an idea of how they work. On my screen I have a civil engineering example. this is a site plan for a proposed commercial development. I am going to zoom in on the parking lot. and I will center these stalls on screen and I am going to insert a block that represents a car. To do that I will come up to the Block panel and I will click insert.
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  1. 2m 8s
    1. Welcome
      1m 29s
    2. Using the exercise files
      39s
  2. 23m 33s
    1. Understanding model space
      3m 44s
    2. Accessing AutoCAD's tools
      3m 2s
    3. Leveraging dockable palettes
      3m 1s
    4. Monitoring the Status bar
      1m 28s
    5. Understanding the anatomy of a command
      2m 14s
    6. Customizing AutoCAD's preferences
      3m 13s
    7. Accessing help
      3m 38s
    8. Saving a workspace
      3m 13s
  3. 19m 42s
    1. Opening an AutoCAD drawing
      3m 2s
    2. Understanding mouse functions
      2m 44s
    3. Zooming, panning, and regenning
      4m 24s
    4. Working in a multiple-document environment
      2m 39s
    5. Saving your work
      2m 29s
    6. Saving time with templates
      4m 24s
  4. 14m 35s
    1. Constructing lines
      2m 20s
    2. Locking angles with the Ortho and Polar modes
      4m 49s
    3. Drawing circles
      4m 10s
    4. Activating the Heads-Up Display
      3m 16s
  5. 14m 48s
    1. Defining a unit of measure
      6m 28s
    2. Constructing geometry using architectural measurements
      4m 6s
    3. Working with metric units
      4m 14s
  6. 23m 45s
    1. Understanding the Cartesian coordinate system
      4m 53s
    2. Locking to geometry using object snaps
      7m 42s
    3. Automating object snap selection
      7m 26s
    4. Using temporary tracking to find points in space
      3m 44s
  7. 19m 30s
    1. Drawing rectangles
      4m 56s
    2. Drawing polygons
      3m 4s
    3. Creating an ellipse
      5m 9s
    4. Organizing with hatch patterns
      6m 21s
  8. 29m 46s
    1. Making geometric changes using the property changer
      3m 38s
    2. Moving and copying elements
      4m 28s
    3. Rotating elements
      3m 48s
    4. Trimming and extending geometry
      5m 10s
    5. Creating offsets
      6m 16s
    6. Erasing elements
      2m 46s
    7. Undoing and redoing actions
      3m 40s
  9. 11m 52s
    1. Selecting objects using windows
      3m 46s
    2. Adding and removing from selections
      3m 43s
    3. Using keyboard shortcuts
      4m 23s
  10. 51m 12s
    1. Creating fillets
      3m 52s
    2. Creating chamfers
      3m 51s
    3. Copying objects into a rotated pattern
      4m 20s
    4. Copying objects into a rectangular pattern
      4m 58s
    5. Stretching elements
      4m 4s
    6. Creating mirrored copies
      2m 12s
    7. Scaling elements
      5m 0s
    8. Leveraging grips
      7m 20s
    9. Exploding elements
      5m 47s
    10. Joining elements together
      3m 44s
    11. Editing hatch patterns
      6m 4s
  11. 32m 19s
    1. Understanding layers
      2m 43s
    2. Creating and adjusting layers
      7m 20s
    3. Using layers to organize a drawing
      9m 17s
    4. Changing popular settings using the layer control
      3m 30s
    5. Understanding the BYLAYER property
      3m 37s
    6. Restoring previous layer states
      3m 42s
    7. Using existing geometry to set the current layer
      2m 10s
  12. 37m 43s
    1. Creating single-line text
      3m 11s
    2. Justifying text
      5m 18s
    3. Controlling appearance using text styles
      6m 10s
    4. Annotating with multi-line text
      5m 10s
    5. Editing text
      4m 32s
    6. Creating bulleted and numbered lists
      3m 29s
    7. Incorporating symbols
      5m 28s
    8. Correcting spelling errors
      4m 25s
  13. 28m 37s
    1. Creating general dimensions
      4m 13s
    2. Creating continuous and baseline dimensions
      2m 13s
    3. Controlling appearance using dimension styles
      4m 57s
    4. Modifying dimensions
      6m 6s
    5. Creating multileaders
      2m 53s
    6. Controlling appearance using multileader styles
      3m 23s
    7. Modifying multileaders
      4m 52s
  14. 25m 19s
    1. Inserting blocks
      4m 34s
    2. Creating blocks
      6m 41s
    3. Leveraging blocks
      5m 39s
    4. Redefining blocks
      3m 1s
    5. Building a block library
      5m 24s
  15. 13m 50s
    1. Querying a drawing using rollover tooltips
      2m 9s
    2. Taking measurements using the Distance command
      3m 2s
    3. Modifying properties using the Quick Properties tool
      4m 25s
    4. Automating calculations using the Quick Calculator feature
      4m 14s
  16. 36m 6s
    1. Creating quick plots
      6m 4s
    2. Selecting a pen table
      5m 48s
    3. Choosing line weights
      4m 32s
    4. Creating a layout, pt. 1: Choosing a paper size
      2m 42s
    5. Creating a layout, pt. 2: Inserting a title block
      2m 29s
    6. Creating a layout, pt. 3: Cutting viewports
      6m 9s
    7. Reusing layouts
      4m 3s
    8. Organizing layouts
      4m 19s
  17. 16m 49s
    1. Using the Annotative property to automatically size text
      4m 13s
    2. Using the Annotative property to automatically size dimensions
      4m 34s
    3. Using the Annotative property to automatically size multileaders
      3m 58s
    4. Changing the scale assigned to annotations
      4m 4s
  18. 6m 56s
    1. Saving drawings to other formats
      2m 27s
    2. Plotting to the Design Web format
      2m 15s
    3. Plotting to PDF
      1m 20s
    4. Sending drawings via email
      54s
  19. 22s
    1. Goodbye
      22s

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AutoCAD 2011 Essential Training
6h 48m Beginner Jul 30, 2010

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Join Jeff Bartels as he covers the most important features of this industry-standard drafting and design application in AutoCAD 2011 Essential Training. This course begins with a tour of AutoCAD's interface and the tools used to create basic shapes. It then focuses on the methods used to modify and refine geometry while emphasizing accuracy and good habits to build a solid design foundation. The course covers using layers, line types, and colors to organize a drawing file and explains how to efficiently annotate a design and prepare it for final output. Throughout the title, Jeff shares industry techniques used in production and reinforces concepts using practical examples. Exercise files are included with the course.

Topics include:
  • Understanding model space
  • Working in a multiple-document environment
  • Organizing drawings using layers
  • Creating basic geometry
  • Configuring units for architectural, civil, or metric work
  • Incorporating blocks (symbols) into a working file
  • Maintaining accuracy with coordinates and snaps
  • Creating annotations that automatically size themselves
  • Moving and copying elements
  • Transferring data between drawings
  • Preparing standardized layouts with title blocks
  • Sharing drawings
Subjects:
CAD 2D Drawing 3D Drawing
Software:
AutoCAD
Author:
Jeff Bartels

Inserting blocks

In this lesson we are going to talk about blocks. Blocks are something that we use whenever we have geometry that's repeated throughout our drawing, they are a lot like symbols. I would like to start off by inserting a block into this file to give you an idea of how they work. On my screen I have a civil engineering example. this is a site plan for a proposed commercial development. I am going to zoom in on the parking lot. and I will center these stalls on screen and I am going to insert a block that represents a car. To do that I will come up to the Block panel and I will click insert.

and when the dialog box comes up, I am going to make sure that the only setting that's checked is this one on the left hand side. Then I will come down and click OK. We will come back and talk about this box in just a little bit. Notice I am holding a car at my cursor and I can position this in between some parking stripes, and I will click to place it in the drawing. Now this car is a block. If I select this, notice that AutoCAD treats it as a single entity. I am going to press Esc to deselect this, and let's insert another one and this time we will focus our attention on the dialog box.

I am going to move back up and click Insert. First of all, I can use this name fly-out to select from any block that' been defined in this file. Right now I only have the one. If a block name has been selected, I can see a preview of the block, right over here. Just below I have a series of checkboxes, these guys represent questions, for instance, where do you want to insert the block, do you want to resize the block, do you want to change the rotation of the block? Placing a check in one of these boxes means that AutoCAD is going to ask me that question when I insert the block.

As of right now, when I insert this car, AutoCAD is only going to be asking me for the insertion point. Let's click OK and then I will place this car right here. Now I obviously didn't center that car to well inside the stall. Take a look at this, if I select the block, I can see a single grip right here. This grip represents the insertion point that is the point at which I am holding the block when I inserted into the drawing. I can use this insertion point to help me accurately position the block in this file. I am going to click to select this grip, now where do I want to put this block down? Well, I like it to be centered inside the stall, let's take a look at a new object snap.

I am going to Shift+Right click and then I will select Mid Between 2 points from the menu, and I will select the endpoint of this stripe and the end point of this stripe, and AutoCAD places my block midway between those two points. Now I move that block by clicking on the grip at the insertion point. Insert is also an object snap. Take a look at this car. it's obviously not perfectly centered in the stall. I am going to launch the Move command. I will then select my block and right-click, where do I want to pick this up from, I am going to Shift+Right click and select Insert.

Now when I place my cursor on the car, AutoCAD selects the insertion point and where do I want to place this, I will Shift+Right click and I will select Mid Between 2 Points and I will grab the endpoint here and the endpoint here. Let's insert another block. This time I will insert it on the other side of the lot and let's see if we can position it correctly as its being inserted. Click the Insert button and as far as the questions are concerned, I still want AutoCAD to ask me for the insertion point, and since this car is going to be facing in the other direction, I would also like AuotCAD to ask me for the rotation.

You know what. as long as we are talking about checkboxes, notice there is another checkbox down here. this will explode the block when it's inserted. So technically it wouldn't be a block anymore, it would individual entities. It's very important, if I need this geometry to be a block, I want to make sure that this box remains unchecked. Let's click OK and where do I want to place this? I am going to use my new object snap. I will Shift+Right click. I will select Mid Between 2 points. I will select the endpoint of this stripe and this one. Notice AutoCAD is now asking for a rotation angle, at this point I could free pick a point on the screen, or I could enter an angle, instead I am going to make easy on myself.

I am going to press F8 to lock my Ortho and then I will snap to the angle that I want, and I will click to place the block. By having this geometry as a block, I am sure you will agree, it's much easier to work with. It's certainly much easier to insert. Now that we understand what a block is and how we can insert them into a drawing, we are ready to move on to the next lesson, where we learn how to create our own blocks.

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Q: Despite following the tutorials, I am having trouble in AutoCAD Architecture 2011. I cannot copy basic line drawings of simple architecture from one file to another. I tile two AutoCAD documents open simultaneously and click on a geometry, let go, click again and hold and try to drag to the second document, but to no avail. What could be causing the problem?
A: There are a few possible solutions. At the command line, type "PICKFIRST" and press Enter. Make sure this variable is set to 1. If the value is set to 0 instead of 1, this would result in the problem described. Having PICKFIRST set to 1 (normally the default setting for "vanilla" AutoCAD) allows you to select an object first, and then launch an editing command (like Move or Rotate or Erase). Thus, you can work in both directions. Launch the Editing command first and then select objects, or visa versa. 
If PICKFIRST is not the issue, the problem might be something native to AutoCAD for Architecture, as there are some differences between that version and plain AutoCAD. Don't forget, you can also move geometry from one drawing to another by using Copy/Paste. Simply select your geometry and right-click, select copy, then click in your other drawing, right-click, and select Paste. Note that the Copy/Paste options are also available on the Home tab of the Ribbon. Copy/Paste should work regardless of your PICKFIRST setting.
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