Shawn Evjen sends us a tip on how he creates detail sheets for a project by using xrefs and other techniques.
"Often, as we are working on projects that are similar in nature, we are able to reuse details. If you have a standard detail library you work from (using xrefs), this tip might save you some time.
1. In your new project drawing, xref in the sheet with the details you want.
2. Open that xref and copy-clip the details you want.
3. Paste them in the new drawing.
4. Finally, detach the xref drawing you attached in the first step.
Your details are now attached — you didn't have to locate them one-by-one — and scaling is also taken care of."
Notes from Cadalyst Tip Patrol: One reason to use CAD is its ability to reuse previously created data; reusing details is one example. There are many ways to reuse existing drawings. Shawn's method gets you the information quickly and makes it easy to fit it in your drawing set. It also gives you quick access to the file.
Creating a detail library is also a good idea. As you create new details, put a copy of it in your library. That way you won't have to keep track of which project that killer detail was used in. Create a tool palette to store these details in so you can share them with everyone in the office. Then all your users will have to do is to drag and drop the details right into their drawing set.