Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the MEASURE command, part of AutoCAD: Tips & Tricks.
- [Instructor] So here we are with another AutoCAD tip and trick. And we're going to be looking at the Measure command in AutoCAD. Now I'm not talking the Measure Geometry command I'm talking the Measure command where you can place a known number of AutoCAD point objects along an object at a measured distance. So we've got a new drawing for you. As usual, you can download that from your lynda.com exercise files if you want to follow along with the video. And, similar to some of the point style tips and tricks that we've had, I've got a single line floating here in the drawing like that on the Objects layer.
If I go to the Layers Panel here you'll see that we've got a Points layer current ready to place our points measured along the line object. Now, before you go in and start placing these point objects at measured distances always check in your Utilities Panel in here, Points Style just to make sure you've got a decent point style selected. Not the dot, not the nothing selection. Just make sure that you've got an object that will show up as point on your AutoCAD drawings.
And as I've stated in previous point style tips and tricks I always set my point size to five percent relative to screen. It's up to you if you want to change those settings. So I'll click on Okay. So, where do we find this Measure command? And I must stress, it's not the Measure Geometry command. That's over here, on the Utilities Panel. There the Measure Geometry command there. And that measures distance, angles, areas, and so on. The Measure command is over here on the Draw Panel. If you click on the flyout here and just pin it open so that it stays open you'll see all these different commands with arrows here.
Can you see here, look. We've got Divide, and then we've got Measure. That's the Measure command there. And as you can see, it creates point objects or blocks at measured intervals along the length or perimeter of an object. So if I click on Measure now and come into the drawing area, it says, Select the object to measure. Now, be careful. Always select the object to measure towards the end of the object or the corner or the intersect of the object that you you want to measure from. Otherwise it will just go from the nearest end.
So be careful. So I'll go from the left hand end, like so. So I click there. Now it asks for the length of the segment. Now the segment is the distance between the point objects that are going to go along this line. Now this line, I've made it 3,000 units long. It could be 3,000 millimeters, 3,000 miles, or even 3,000 light years, it doesn't matter. But I'm going to type in a length of segment that is 500 like so. Press Enter to confirm. Now, as soon as I do that, can you see it utilizes the point style that we've set up and that Points layer and they're all broken down into nice little 500 segments.
So I've gone from this end here, because you can see there's no point on the end. And there's a point there, and so on. So this is 500. This is 500. I know it's 3,000 long. So we've got one, two, three, four, five, six segments at 500 long making our 3,000 total length. Now if I want to add one more point to the end I just type point the single point command and press Enter. Specify a point, or just snap to that endpoint snap there. And there's my point on the end.
And that's how you can utilize the Measure command really quickly, really easily to place those points along an AutoCAD object at a measured distance. It's a really, really useful little tool if you want to divide something up quickly and have regular object snaps, in this case, the node snap because the point style length here has a node snap all of its own. And if I hover over one of those, can you see it's a point, it's on the layer Points, and if I want to snap to one of those and actually draw a line off of them.
If I go to the Line command here and then I do a Shift and a right click and select a Node. There's the Node Snap there click, and it comes straight off that point like that, I just press Enter to finish the Line command. If I zoom in real close can you see it's come straight off of that point there even though it is actually on the Points layer, that line. But you can see there, how quick and easy that is to allow you to draw things coming off of those points using the Node Snap. So I've got nice measured points on an AutoCAD object, using the Measure command using my point styles.
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