Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a standard block, part of AutoCAD for Mac: Using Dynamic Blocks.
- So now we're in the next chapter. Let's have a look now at creating some standard blocks in more detail. Now the first thing we'll need to do in this particular drawing is make sure that we're on the BLOCK-STD layer, here like so. So you can see over there that I'm in the BLOCK-STD layer in the layer panel. Now you'll notice we also have the 0 layer. And if I click on these lines and arcs you'll see that they are on layer 0. Now there's a reason for that. When you create a block in AutoCAD, always create it on layer 0.
Now the reason you would do that is because when you bring the block into the drawing as a block, it automatically adapts to the current drafting layer. So once I've turned these objects into a door block, they will adopt this layer here, BLOCK-STD. And this will just be a standard AutoCAD block, not a dynamic block, just a standard regular block. So let's hop over here to the toolbars. And you can see here if I click and hold here, you can see there's all the block tools and it's this icon here, Create Block.
So if I click there, I can now define my block. Now I'm just going to call this Door-STD. So Door and then put a dash or something, STD for standard like that. Now at the moment there's no objects selected, so we'll click on the Select objects button here. Now you've got three options. You can retain your objects or you can delete your objects, or as I'm going to do, I'm going to convert the objects to a block straight away. So I select objects, little crossing selection window around all of the objects like that.
And I right-click on the mouse to confirm. There's our little preview there. Now we need a base point for the door itself. Now if I click on Pick point, that will take me into the drawing area. And what I've done, I've extended these lines down to allow for a certain wall width. So you can see there I can go for a midpoint if I want to. So if I hold down shift and right-click, go for Midpoint. I want that midpoint right there. And that will place it on the midpoint of the wall. So I'll click there like so.
You'll see that there's no way I could have guessed those coordinates with the X and Y values there. Now this particular block, you want it to scale uniformly in both the X and Y directions. You want to Allow exploding because you might want to explode the block later, make some small changes and save it as a slightly different door block. Now as per usual, I'm English, but we are creating American content, so we are in inches. And I don't need to open this in the block editor either. I'm not going to worry about that one.
So all I've got to do now is click on Create Block. I can add a description in the text box if I want to. This is a very simple door though. I don't think there's any real need for that. So click on Create Block. Notice the change in color. That is now a block like so. It's a standard block. There's the insertion point with the grip. And it's on the BLOCK-STD layer. So if I hit escape now, I've now got a nice standard block ready to use in this particular AutoCAD drawing.
- Creating standard blocks
- Storing blocks
- Using Wblock
- Working with the Block Editor
- Adding and adjusting parameters
- Using visibility states
- Working with rotation and flip parameters
- Combining parameters and actions