Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video What is an AutoCAD block?, part of AutoCAD for Mac: Using Dynamic Blocks (2015).
- You may have heard the term, "AutoCAD block," when you've been working with AutoCAD on the Mac. An AutoCAD block is a group of AutoCAD entities or objects that are then turned into their own individual object. So we've got a drawing open at the moment, and you've got three doors in front of you. Now these three doors are three different types of door. If we move over and actually look at what's going on in AutoCAD, if I look at this one, you can see this door is made up of all separate components, lines, and in this case an arc, there, like so.
If I hover over this door, though, you'll see it's all one object. If I select it, and you look down at your properties inspector over here you can see it's a block reference. It is a standard AutoCAD block. So what I've done, basically, is created a standard AutoCAD block from these objects here and made it into this block here. Now, the purpose of this particular course, though, is to get you up to speed with using dynamic blocks in AutoCAD for Macs, so how does that work? Well this red door over here, if you click on it, you'll notice has some extra bits and pieces attached to it.
It's got the standard grip that you would find in any AutoCAD block, but it's got this weird and wonderful little arrow just here, what does that arrow do? Well, let's click on it and see. It actually flips the door, so this is the whole idea of dynamic blocks in AutoCAD is this ability to add parameters and actions that allow you just to click on a button and perform an action on that particular block. Now, when I click back, that puts it back there. I just hit Escape to deselect it. Now if I select this block, you'll notice it's a block but the only thing I can do is use the grip to maybe click on the grip and move it around.
So the whole idea of dynamic blocks is they allow you to add actions and parameters to make them dynamic in your AutoCAD designs. So as we work through this course, what you'll find is we learn how to develop standard blocks and then develop them one step further into the dynamic blocks and make them dynamic and work for us in AutoCAD drawings.
- 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