[Search tip detail and code files using keywords, tip number, author name, etc ]
Multiple Blocks in One
Tip# 3736 By Eric Lawson On 25-Sep-2011
Rated By 0 users
Categories : Dynamic Blocks
Software type : AutoCAD 2012
Rename File To : No Files to download.
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.


Average Rating:

User comments
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.

Log In