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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.
Sometimes it can be easier to work with your line-work if you join it together. In this lesson we are going to look at the Pedit command. Pedit allows us to join entities into a single polyline. On my screen I have got some geometry that represents a simple part and I am just about finished with this drawing, in fact, the only thing I have left to do is trim up some line work. So I am going to launch the Trim command and then I will select all of the geometry as my cutting objects and I will right-click and I will trim these segments, these segments and these and I will hit Esc.
Now that I am finished with this part, let's take a closer look at the geometry. Notice that even though this line work represents a single part. AutoCAD is viewing it as a bunch of individual segments. Now I would like to join all of these entities together into a single polyline. To do that I will use the Pedit command. I am going to start by deselecting these entities and the pedit command is located in the Modify panel of the Ribbon. I'll click this fly-out to open up the panel. This gives me access to the icon.
Once I launch the command, I will select a single entity and AutoCAD says, hey, that's not a polyline, do you want it turned into one? I am going to right-click to accept, Yes. And notice that Pedit does a lot of things. For right now we are going to look at the Join Option. So I'll select Join from the Menu and then I will select all of the objects I would join to that original segment and I will right-click. When I am finished, I will hit my Esc key. Now if I select this geometry, I can see that AutoCAD is viewing it as a single polyline.
Joining your line work together, makes it easier to move, rotate, offset or erase. Let me mention this, in order for your entities to successfully join, they must meet end to end. So if you are having difficulty joining entities together, take a closer look at your connection points, you may have gaps or you may have overlapping geometry. Let's deselect this and now that we are familiar with joining objects together, let's try and use this tool in a practical example. On my screen I have a drawing of an MP3 player and I would like to make a design change to this thumb control.
I am going to zoom in a little bit and I will center this on screen. I would like to apply a Fill it to each of these corners. Currently this thumb control is made up of several individual segments. I am going to make my fielding job much easier by first joining all of these entities together. To do that I will launch the pedit command and I will select one of the entities and I will right click. I will select the Join option and then I will select everything I would like to join to that original segment.
It doesn't matter that I select too much, I really can't hurt anything, because AutoCAD can only join the objects that meet end to end to that original segment. When I am finished selecting objects, I will right-click and then I will hit Esc to exit the command. If I select this, I can see it's not only single polyline, let's deselect, I will launch my Fill it command, then I will right-click, I will give my Fill it a radius of .5 and then I will right-click again, and I will select the polyline sub-option.
Now if I select my new polyline, AutoCAD will apply the Fill it to every intersection at one time. Use the pedit command to your advantage. If you think you will need to move, rotate, offset or even fill it, several related entities. you can save yourself a lot of time by joining them together into a single polyline.
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