AutoCAD is a computer-aided drafting program used for a large number of different design processes. Its usage centers around drawing with electronic equivalents of real-life drafting tools. The added support of digital precision helps with measurements and calculations, 3D components, and data sharing.
Anybody who works in architecture or engineering knows about AutoCAD. It is one of the most recognizable digital design software in both industries. Mastering in AutoCAD can help a person create drawings that can convince the clients as they are capable of producing an almost close replica of the real one.
AutoCAD is something that can be studied in-depth as it has a lot many things that still stay hidden. In this blog, we will be discussing the tips that will amuse you as a user.
1. Using data extraction for reports
A lot of data lies underneath any drawing you create in the software. You can access all of it using the Data Extraction tool. A wizard in AutoCAD shows you how to use the tool. Select the data you want and you can use it to generate reports, schedules, and lists of the parts you will use.
2. The content explorer
If you head to the Content panel and click the Content Explorer tool, you can search for anything related to your drawing. Just type a keyword into the search bar. AutoCAD will then find whatever you’re looking for and take you to it. You can use this to find different layers and any text you’ve added to your drawings.
3. The close all command
The AutoCAD software comes with a command prompt that you can use to execute actions quickly. This is where you would use the “closeall” command. All it does is close any drawings you have open in the software. It may not seem like much but it’s a huge timesaver if you’re working on a lot of drawings simultaneously and need to finish up fast
4. The align tool
Align tool helps saving time which you otherwise spend a lot by moving, scaling, and rotating.
5. The save all command
The command will save every drawing you have open. It’s ideal for quickly getting all of your work saved when you have to leave the office in a hurry.
6. Lasso selection
AutoCAD introduced Lasso selections into the mix in the 2015 version of the software so a lot of users may have missed them. Activate the tool and hold the left mouse button down. Drag the cursor in the desired direction and release the button. Do it again to create a Lasso that selects every object that you need in the drawing.
7. Creating PDFs
The digital design software actually has a big button on the ribbon for the task. This creates a PDF using the software’s default settings. You can change these settings if you click Plot and select DWG to PDF from the drop-down list. Head into properties and make whatever changes you need to the file.
8. Burst command
Type Burst into the command prompt and it will separate all of the elements of your selected object while keeping the object’s attributes.
9. Enabling snap to hatch
Older versions of the AutoCAD software allow you to snap to a hatch. Later versions don’t, which could irritate some people who used the tool a lot. Happily, Snap to Hatch still exists in AutoCAD. You can head into the Drafting Settings in the Options tab. Scroll to the Object Snap Options section and uncheck “Ignore hatch objects” to get the functionality back.
10. The multiple command
Type “multiple” and follow it with the command you want to repeat. AutoCAD will then repeat the command constantly until you press the ESC key to end the sequence.