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Multiple Blocks in One
Tip# 3736 By Eric Lawson On 25-Sep-2011
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Categories : Dynamic Blocks
Software type : AutoCAD 2012
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Insert once and you're done!

Tipster Eric Lawson sent us a tip to reduce time spent searching for AutoCAD blocks that are similar.

"Instead of having to make a number of blocks that differ only slightly — e.g., weld symbols — make just one block that contains all the required items. Once it's inserted, explode and erase all the unwanted items. I find this method saves time, because I don't have to search though lists. This principle may be applied to any blocks that require tweaking."

Notes from Cadalyst Tip Patrol:
This method works; insert once and be done. It can also be taken one step further if you create a dynamic block. Dynamic blocks were introduced in AutoCAD 2006. They are not static, but can be grip-edited and altered on the fly. The example of a weld symbol could be a simple visibility state–controlled dynamic block. AutoCAD 2012 comes with a weld symbol block that is dynamic; look for it in the Mechanical tab of the tool palette.


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Comment by Fox,Dave
Posted on 2011-09-28 11:51:28
Why would you just not use the visibility parameter. That way you wouldn't need to explode the block, just use the drop down menu and select the one you want.