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Space Dimensions Automatically with DimSpace
Tip# 3785 By Mike Demers On 20-Nov-2011
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Categories : Edit Dimension
Software type : AutoCAD 2012
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Automate uniformly spacing dimensions.

Tipster Mike Demers sends an AutoCAD tip that will automate the task of spacing your dimensions in a uniform manner.

"Traditionally, when dimensioning I would place my baseline dimensions, then adjust them so they looked nice and evenly spaced, but this took some time. With the DimSpace command, you simply select your baseline dimensions, then use this command to evenly space them so they look great!

"Here's the sequence:

  • Command: DimSpace
  • Select base dimension:
  • Select dimensions to space: (Select the rest of the dimensions.)
  • Enter value or [Auto] < Auto >: (AutoCAD selects a value to space them, or you can input your own specific value.)"

Notes from Cadalyst Tip Patrol: This is a great AutoCAD command. At the end of the day, our drawings are our product; they need to be well designed and properly dimensioned. If the reader of the drawing can’t understand your annotations then you have failed.

One way to help make your drawings clear is to present them in a neat and orderly way, and spacing dimensions in a uniform manner will help to accomplish that goal. The DimSpace command will adjust the dimensions to an even interval. You can let AutoCAD decide (using the Auto option), or you can give it an increment to follow.


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Comment by Clark,Phil
Posted on 2011-11-21 14:13:52
Nice tip! I find it awkward that there isn't an option pick a distance for the spacing, however using (getdist) works.