Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Using PolarSnap, part of Cert Prep: AutoCAD Certified Professional (2015).
- In the previous video, we looked at the Ortho settings and the Polar settings in our drafting settings to draft with accuracy in AutoCAD. What we're going to look at in this video is another drafting setting, and it's called PolarSnap. Now you'll notice I've got the Drawing With Accuracy PolarSnap Complete drawing open. If you want to follow along with this video, go and find the Drawing With Accuracy PolarSnap dot dwg file, and you can follow along with that because it's a blank drawing that you can follow along with this particular video and able to get the complete version that I will save once we finish this video here.
So PolarSnap. What does it do and how do we set it up? Well first things first, go to the Home tab on the ribbon, go into your Layers panel. Just make sure that you've got the Object layer as the current drafting layer. It's a nice green color, so it stands out on the blacky-gray background. Then we're going to go down here to the status bar and make sure that our Polar Tracking here is on. Now it is on. Click on the little flyer arrow, and we're going to click on Tracking Settings there on the menu to bring up the dialogue box. Now in the Polar Tracking tab, make sure that Polar Tracking is on and that you've got an increment angle set to 45 degrees.
There are no additional angles like there were in previous videos, so make sure that you slant the angles in the box, hit Delete to delete them, and make sure that that box is clear. Now to switch PolarSnap on, it's part of the Snap and Grid settings in AutoCAD. So go to the Snap and Grid tab there in the Drafting Settings dialogue box. You want to switch your Snap On like so because it's a Snap setting and then come down here to the Snap type. Click on PolarSnap. You're then going to set your Polar distance, so I'm going to type in 3 and click on OK.
So you'll notice now down here that Snap is on, and the Polar is on. So what we're going to do now is draw a very simple basic shape using PolarSnap and the Polar Tracking. So I'm going to go up to the Draw panel, click on the Line command, and in the center of the screen here I'm just going to click once and drag, and you'll notice that it snaps to 3 which is zero degrees, an increment of the 45 degrees, and I click. So there's my line of three. If I come up to 45 degrees, there's my next increment of three.
I click again, come across. There's my next increment of three. Come back down at 45 degrees. There's the three again. Click again. Notice I'm not having to type in any distances because PolarSnap is doing that for me. So if I click there again there like that, and then I'm just going to come up, there's one increment of three, and there's another increment of three like so. I come across again, another increment of three. Come down by 45, increment of three, across, and this is great for drawing things that are regular shapes.
So if I come up there 45 degrees, there's my increment of three, along again there, three again, and then I just come back down to the endpoint snap here, click again and press Enter to finish. There's my regular shape. Now that could be a spindle in a gearbox. Could be anything but the idea being is every single line segment in that particular drawing is three units long so that one, that one, that one. They're all three units long, and the angles that they're constrained to there are 45 degrees because I've used the Polar Tracking as well.
That's how neat your PolarSnap is. Make sure that you use it. Make sure that you practice it for your AutoCAD Professional Certification exam. Make sure that you use it as well. It's a very useful tool in your commercial drafting environment, whatever that may be.
- 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?
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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.