Tipster Steve Lander shares a dynamic insulation block with us that he made to help with the layout and design of parking areas in AutoCAD.
“This block allows the user to add car parking spaces dynamically and has a field attached that counts the number of spaces (remember to perform a Regen to make the field update). It has a two-way stretch and an alignment grip for easy placement.
“The counter is set up by using a BlockPlaceholder field, which is attached to the Distance parameter. Under Field Format I’ve added a value in the Conversion factor box, which is 1 divided by the numeric value of the Distance.
“This technique can then be applied to all sorts of repetitive blocks that require counting, such as stadium seating, sanitary ware, and so on.
“Please note that the car parking space has dimensions of 2.5 X 4.8 meters; however, this can be amended easily using the Block Editor. If the width of the block is changed, don’t forget to update the value in the Conversion factor box as stated above.”
Notes from Cadalyst Tip Reviewer Brian Benton: This is a cool block — anything that can help speed up the tedious aspects of design work is a blessing.