Join Jim LaPier for an in-depth discussion in this video Blocks, part of AutoCAD for Mac 2015 Essential Training.
- Often times we create shapes we want…to use over, and over, and over again…like sinks for floor plans…or hardware like nuts and bolts.…Instead of drawing these over and over again,…or even trying to copy the geometry,…we can create a library of objects called blocks.…Blocks are grouping of objects…that can be recalled, inserted,…and shared among drawings.…A block is a little more advanced, however,…than a simple group of geometry.…Each instance of the block…references the same base geometry.…
This gives us the benefit…of both a smaller drawing,…as AutoCAD only calculates,…the main geometry once,…and then only the location…of all the references of the block,…but it also means that we can update…the geometry of the block later…and all the instances…of the block update as well.…Blocks are created both for their connectivity…but also for their consistency.…Blocks are locked so the individual geometry…in the block cannot be accidently…stretched or deleted.…This provides for uniform…appearance across the drawing,…project, and the company.…
- Accessing palettes
- Changing preferences
- Opening and saving files
- Working with views
- Creating basic geometry: lines, ellipses, splines, and more
- Selecting, moving, copying, and scaling geometry
- Working with layers
- Using gradients
- Creating blocks and dynamic blocks
- Working with references
- Creating layouts
- Annotating drawings
- Plotting and sharing
- Starting in 3D
Skill Level Beginner
1. The Interface
2. File Management
4. Basic Geometry
5. Geometry Tools
6. Modifying Geometry
8. Advanced Objects
11. Plotting and Sharing
12. 3D Basics
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