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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.
AutoCAD's Move and Copy commands work side-by-side, allowing us to reposition or duplicate our entities. I say side-by-side, because these commands essentially work the exact same way. Let me show you what I mean. We're going to look at the Move command first. Let's say I'd like to move this circle, such that its center is located at the upper left corner of this square. To do that, I'll launch the Move command, and we can find move in the Modify panel of our Ribbon. I will then select the object I'd like to move, and I'll right-click to let AutoCAD know that I'm finished selecting objects. Now, AutoCAD is asking me for a base point.
That's the point I would like to use to pick this object up. I have a running object snap set for center point, so I'm going to click the circle, to pick it up from the center. As you can see, I'm holding it from that location. Finally, where I do I want to put this object down? Well, I'd like to put it down at the end point of this line. We've just completed our first move. Let's move the circle again. This time I'd like to move it to the upper right corner of the square. To do that, I'll launch the Move command. I'll select the circle and right-click. I'll pick it up from its center point. I'd like to place it to the end point here.
I'm going to zoom out a little bit. I'll pan this down on the screen. This time, let's try and move the circle using direct distance entry. maybe I'd like to move this circle 10 units above the square. I'll launch the Move command, and I'll select my circle. I'll right-click. I'd like to pick the circle up from the center. Then I'm going to come down and lock my Ortho. I'll do that by clicking the Toggle in the Status Bar. Finally, I'm going to pull straight up, and I'll type a distance of 10, and hit Enter. So, not only can we move using object snaps, we can also move using direct distance entry.
Alright, let's take a look at the Copy command. Functionality-wise, the Copy command works the exact same way as Move. Let's say I'd like to create a copy of my circle at all four corners of this square. We can find the Copy command in the Modify panel of the Ribbon. Copy is located right here. I'll select my circle and right-click. Now, where do I want to pick it up from? I'd like to pick it from its center. Where would I like to create my copy? First of all, notice this. My Ortho is still locked. I'm going to press F8 to turn that off. There we go! I'd like to place my first copy at the endpoint right here.
Notice that I'm still in the command. That's because AutoCAD automatically defaults to a Multiple Copy mode. So, I could create another copy at this endpoint, and this one and this one. When I'm finished, I'll press Esc. Now that we understand how the Move and Copy commands work, let's try and use them in a practical example. I'm going to zoom out, pan my drawing over a little bit. On my screen, I have a Civil Engineering drawing. This is a site plan for a fast food restaurant. Let me also mention that the units in this drawing are set such that each unit equals 1 foot.
I'm going to zoom in a little bit on the restaurant. We can see the drive-through area right here. I'll zoom in a little bit further, and let's say we would like to have a patio on the north side of the building. On that patio, we'd like to have some tables. Well, I've already inserted a table into this drawing, and I've got some targets that represent where I'd like to place my tables. Let's see if we can place these using Move and Copy. First of all, I'm going to launch the Move command, and I'll select my table and right-click. Now, where would I like to pick it up from? I'm going to pick it up from the center of the circle, at the center of the table.
I would like to place it to the center of this target. Now, I'll create the rest of my tables using the Copy command. I'll launch Copy. I'll select my table and right-click. I would like to copy it from the center here, and I'll place a copy to the centre of each of these targets. When I'm finished, I'll press Esc. Let me mention this. When you're moving and copying objects, don't think you'll always have to pick an object up from a point on the object itself. Let me show you what I mean. I'm going to zoom out a little bit, and let's focus our attention on this area of the parking lot.
In fact, I'm going to get a little bit closer. Let's say I'd like to create some copies of this car, and I'd like them all placed at the exact same location in the other stalls. To do that, I'll launch the Copy command. I'll select my car and right-click. Now, where do I want to pick it up from? Well, I'm going to pick it up from the endpoint of this stripe, and I'll place it to the endpoint of this stripe, because that location was common for each stall. Let's create one more copy by selecting the endpoint of this stripe. When I'm finished, I'll press Esc. As you can see, the functionality of the Move and Copy commands is essentially the same.
Using either of these tools along with object snaps, we can quickly modify or add to our drawing.
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