Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video What are dynamic blocks?, part of AutoCAD for Mac: Using Dynamic Blocks (2015).
- So, what exactly are dynamic blocks in AutoCAD, and more importantly in this case, in AutoCAD for the Mac? Well, they are the same across both the versions of AutoCAD, whether you're using Windows or AutoCAD for the Mac. And they are basically enhanced AutoCAD blocks on steroids. That's the best way to describe them. Now, the whole idea of these blocks is to give you more scope, to give you more design intent when you're working in an AutoCAD drawing. Now again, we're back to the floor plans as we saw in the Welcome video.
And what we're looking at is lots of different blocks. Now, the good thing is based on the colors that I've set up for you, you can see that all of your blocks are in that nice, bright green. You can't miss them. Now, some of these blocks are dynamic, some of these blocks aren't. The way to find out if it is a dynamic block or not is to go ahead and click on it. I'm going to zoom in on this little bathroom here, top right of the ground floor plan. So, do a little bit of zooming and panning, and just get that sitting there nicely in the drawing area like so.
Now, a dynamic block, when you click on it, will have more than just the one regular grip. So, you'll notice there, there's lots of different grips on that particular toilet block there. So, there's a WC, you can see it there. There's the pan, and there's the system at the back. Now, if I click on that arrow there, you can see that I can look at a plan view of it. I can look at a front view, which is not really what we want. Or, I can look at a side view, which again, not really what we want. Can't really sit on that one if you want to use the toilet at any point.
So, what we're going to do there is we're going to go back to the plan view, and that drops that back in there. So, you can see that what we've got in a dynamic block is the ability to position the block in different elevations all in the one dynamic block. That's the benefit of dynamic blocks. That's how they work. It allows you to have three blocks in one block. If you were using regular AutoCAD blocks for that particular block, you would have had to have inserted each individual block to bring it into the drawing and place it.
Now, the sync unit here is the same. If I click there, we've got a little arrow just there as well. Now, this little arrow is what they call Visibility Stage, which we'll cover later. But, what it allows you to do is have different blocks in that particular dynamic block. So, I can go there, I can have an octagon shaped one as well, like so. So, if I click there and just take that back to the oval shape, we're back to where we were before. Now, if I hit Escape there, and just select this particular toilet. Again, you'll notice there's a load of other grips as well.
These are Alignment Grips, and we'll cover them later as we work more into the course. But, the whole idea of dynamic blocks is not just your design intent, it's also positioning the blocks accurately, neatly, and effectively. And we'll work through that as we look at things like parameters, obviously actions, parameter sets. And you can see how all of those work with your dynamic blocks.
- 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