Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Blending between objects with splines, part of Cert Prep: AutoCAD Certified Professional (2015).
The Blend command in AutoCAD is extremely useful. If you've used the Spline command before in AutoCAD, which is a controlled curve, using control points, such as this spline here and this spline here, you can actually create a blend that continues that spline between the two. Now, before we start, a little bit of housekeeping. You can see that I'm using 6_Additional_BLEND_Complete as the drawing, you want to follow along with this video using the 6_Additional_BLEND.dwg file, that you'll find in your lynda.com exercise files.
Also, just go to the Layers panel on the Home tab on the ribbon, and make sure that your layer that you're using is the BLENDS layer, like so, so that when you place your Blend, it's obviously on the BLENDS layer. So let's have a look at how this Blend works. Rather than go searching for it on the ribbon this time, you obviously can just type in your command using the dynamic input. So I'll just type the word "BLEND" like so, and you can see that comes up there on the suggestion menu. So I'll just select "BLEND" by clicking on it, and what'll happen there is it creates this blend, this curve, between the two splines that we've already got on the screen.
And you can see there that the continuity is set to "tangent", so basically it'll be a tangential connection from this end to this end. So I select the first object, which will be my left-hand spline; I then select the second object, which will be my right-hand spline, and when I click, there's my blend, like so. It's that quick and easy. Now you'll notice, this object here, when I hover over it, is a spline on the layer SPLINES. This object here is also a spline on the layer SPLINES, this one here is also a spline, but it's on the layer BLENDS.
So it's actually created this beautiful extra curve that cuts in beautifully between the two splines. Very useful if you're creating something like console lines on a mapping drawing, for example. And, again, I can't stress enough: make sure you practice this one; test the continuity, change it from a tangent to something else and see what happens. But always practice, ready for your exam.
- Creating and publishing AutoCAD files
- Drawing shapes and lines
- Creating isometric drawings
- Transforming objects
- Creating and using arrays
- Organizing objects and layers
- Reusing content with blocks
- Adding text, dimensions, multileaders, and scales
- Creating layouts
- Setting printing and plotting options
Skill Level Appropriate for all
Q: Is this certification available for AutoCAD for Mac users?
A: AutoCAD certification is on the Windows environment only. Currently Autodesk does not have plans for an AutoCAD for Mac certification.
Q: This course was updated on 02/01/2016. What changed?
A: We added four new videos to the "Certification: What Is It?" chapter. These tutorials cover Certiport, the online certification service that now offers a variety of Autodesk certifications.
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1. Certification: What Is It?
Changing to Certiport1m 8s
2. Basic Drawing Skills
3. Drawing Objects
4. Drawing with Accuracy
5. Modifying Objects
6. Additional Drawing Techniques
7. Organizing Objects
8. Reusing Existing Content
Working with AutoCAD blocks5m 31s
9. Annotating Drawings
10. Using Layouts and Printing
Next steps1m 45s
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