Join Scott Onstott for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating groups, part of Space Planning with AutoCAD 2013.
Often times blocks are used together in certain arraignments. For example chairs are typically placed in front of desks, or array around tables. In situation like these, it makes sense to create groups to facilitate transformation and distribution of the blocks in a space. In this lesson you will create a number of groups representing the different ways the furniture blocks might be arranged. Open the furniture two project file to begin, then move this sofa off to the side someplace, and move the coffee table in front of it. (audio playing) Let's rotate the coffee table, do that by using the Grip menu. Turn on Ortho, so you can rotate it 90 degrees.
And then, move the coffee table and snap it right here at the midpoint of the sofa block. And then move it back a short distance about like that. So that's a typical arrangement, how those two objects might be relative to each other. Let's move this desk over and I will toggle off Ortho, lets put an armed chair in front of the desk, I'll move it roughly down here and then I will be more careful about snapping it from its mid point to the mid point of the desk and then I will move it back using Ortho a short distance, I'll go ahead and copy both the desk and the chair, down just a bit, and for this one lets place a couple of chairs in front of it.
I'll move this chair down, toggle off Ortho place it about there. Then I'll rotate this 180 degrees, and move it forward a bit. To get another copy of that, I will use the Mirror command, so that they are symmetrically arranged around the midpoint of the desk. Up here, we'll move the easel over, and let's array some of these stools around it.
I'll copy, type CO > Enter and make two copies and then I might rotate them slightly just to make it look a little bit more natural, so that's another arrangement we just moved this down. Over here, we have a conference table, and so that's going to obviously have chairs around it.
We can decide whether those chairs should be chairs or armchairs. I think it would be more deluxe if we had armchairs. So, I'll go ahead and copy one of these armchairs, right here. And I'll move it back just a bit to give a little breathing room, but I want to be careful to move that back horizontally, so I will turn on Ortho. Let's make an array. Open the array fly-out and choose polar array.
Select the chair, enter. Select the center point and then let's try a different number of items. What would it look like with 12. I'll type that in and press 'tab'. That looks pretty good! I leave this as an associative array in case we want to adjust it later and click Close Array. Up here we have a cafe table, and so that would probably have some chairs around it. I'll copy a chair from it's Midpoint. And I'd like to snap it here, so I'll Shift, right-click, and choose Quadrant. Snap it right there on the western side of the table, Enter. Then move that back using Ortho.
A short distance. And again I will use a (UNKNOWN) array select the chair enter, select the center of the cafe table and I think that a little bit too busy lets say there's only 4 cab close array. Now (UNKNOWN) we have a workstation which is meant to be inside this low height partition. We just move this down a bit, and move this over from its end point, then snap it right there. Now let's see, if I copy this, how many will fit in this space? I'll copy it from here to here and then once again. Okay, that looks like it was designed to fit.
I'll go ahead and mirror. These objects, about the midpoint of this line, drawing a horizontal mirror line. And then we have kind of a mixture here of what we're seeing. Some of the work stations are on top of the low height partition, so let's move those down with Draw Order, DR Enter. Or select all of these work stations, enter and use the default option back.
Now we can see the low height partition. I'll go ahead and copy an arm cahir. And I'll grab it from some arbitrary point. And I'll copy it up here, right, like this. And then I'll go ahead and copy this, from here.
And now use the array option and say I need three items in the array, and I will click right here. Press Enter to end copy command and then mirror, these objects around the mid point of this low height partition. Press Ortho, and you mirror them symmetrically. Finally, we have this object here that we need to place some stools in front.
I will Copy Co > Enter, this stool, and Turn off Ortho and place it right there. Now come up here and make two more copies. And then I will just rotate these roughly, so that they look like they're following the curve of this table. Perhaps I'll move this a little closer. Now, that we've made all of the potential arrangements we might use, let's group them together individually group, select this arrangement, press enter.
It all highlights as one, again Group > Select > Enter. Enter to repeat group, select, enter, kust keep going. Group the different arrangements together, and save your work as furniture three. In this lesson, you gained experience grouping blocks and typical arrangements how they are likely to be used in the real world.
- Making furniture blocks
- Creating groups where it makes sense
- Arranging furniture in enclosed rooms
- Arranging furniture in open office spaces