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How to Use the MLeaDer Command in AutoCAD 2014

AutoCAD 2014 allows you to easily draw multileader objects that consist of leader lines and multiline text at the same time by using the MLeaDer command; follow these simple steps: [more…]

How to Create a Viewport in AutoCAD 2014

When you’re creating layouts, creating viewports from scratch in AutoCAD 2014 is often the easiest strategy. The Create Layout Wizard is fine when you’re starting out, but most drawings have unique, nonstandardized [more…]

How to Use the ETRANSMIT Command in AutoCAD 2014

AutoCAD’s ETRANSMIT command pulls together all files that the main DWG file depends on. Follow these simple steps to assemble a drawing with all its dependent files by using ETRANSMIT: [more…]

How to Add Dimensions to a Drawing in AutoCAD 2014

At some point, you will need to add dimensions to your AutoCAD drawing. Start off with this exercise to introduce AutoCAD’s dimensioning functionality by creating linear dimensions that show the horizontal [more…]

How to Create a Dimension Style in AutoCAD 2014

A dimension style (or dimstyle, for short) is a collection of drawing settings, called dimension variables(or dimvars, for short) in AutoCAD 2014 , which are a special class of the system variables. [more…]

How to Scale Dimensions for Output in AutoCAD 2014

You need to adjust the size of text and dimensions that are applied in model space to suit the final plotting scale of the AutoCAD drawing. By far, the best way to do this is to use annotative dimensions [more…]

How to Create a Hatch in AutoCAD 2014

AutoCAD users and drafters often use hatching to represent the type of material that makes up an object, such as insulation, metal, or concrete. In other cases, hatching helps emphasize or clarify the [more…]

How to Configure Your Printer for AutoCAD 2014

One complication you may face in your attempt to create a hard copy is that AutoCAD 2014 has two distinct ways to communicate with printers and plotters. Operating systems, and the programs that run on [more…]

How to Plot a Paper Space Layout in AutoCAD 2014

In most industries, model space plotting went the way of the dodo 20 years ago. Paper space gives you many additional options in AutoCAD for controlling the look of the output without having to modify [more…]

How to Create Plot Styles in AutoCAD 2014

If you’re lucky, someone will provide you with the AutoCAD plot files you need. If that’s the case, you must put the CTB or STB files in the Plot Styles folder for AutoCAD to recognize them. [more…]

How to Create Block Definitions in AutoCAD 2014

To create a block definition from objects in the current AutoCAD drawing, use the Block Definition dialog box. (The other way to create a block definition is to insert another drawing file into the current [more…]

How to Insert Blocks in AutoCAD 2014

AutoCAD provides a number of ways to insert a block or a whole drawing file, but the most commonly used and most flexible is the Insert dialog box. To insert a block, follow these steps: [more…]

How to Create Attribute Definitions in AutoCAD 2014

You use the Attribute Definition dialog box in AutoCAD 2014 to create attribute definitions. (Clever, eh?) The steps are similar to creating a text string except that you must supply a little more information [more…]

How to Use the ARRAYRECT Command in AutoCAD 2014

Things used to be so simple back around, oh, AutoCAD 2011. ARray was unequivocally a modifying command, just like COpy or ROtate. You filled in values in a dialog box, and after a bit of tweaking, you [more…]

How to Create Multiple Copies of Objects Arranged in a Grid in AutoCAD 2014

When associative arrays were introduced in AutoCAD 2012, many reviewers were startled to see that the dialog box used for simple arrays had gone away and seemed to be replaced by command line input, just [more…]

How to Use the ARRAYPATH Command in AutoCAD 2014

Unlike rectangular and polar arrays , which require only source objects and some input parameters, path arrays in AutoCAD require an additional piece of drawing geometry — a path. A path can be as simple [more…]

How to Edit an Array in AutoCAD 2014

If you click any arrayed element (not the path of a path array), AutoCAD displays the Array contextual tab on the Ribbon. From here, you can revise pretty much every aspect of the array definition. In [more…]

How to Attach an External Reference Drawing in AutoCAD 2014

When you work in AutoCAD 2014, you will inevitably come across xrefs at some point. Attaching an external reference drawing is similar to inserting a block. Just use the following steps: [more…]

How to Attach a Raster Image in AutoCAD 2014

AutoCAD includes four more xref-like features: the ability to attach raster images, DWF files, PDF files, and DGN files to drawings. The image feature is useful for adding a raster logo to a drawing title [more…]

How to Attach a DWF File in AutoCAD 2014

AutoCAD includes a very acceptable PDF printer driver, and both PDF and DWF are suitable candidates for external reference attachments. The Adobe PDF format has been around for a very long time, and for [more…]

How to Use the Edit Block Definition Dialog Box in AutoCAD 2014

If your AutoCAD drawing shows six different kinds of seats, one approach is to create three different standard blocks to represent them all. Alternatively, you can create a single dynamic block and define [more…]

How to Use the Block Editor in AutoCAD 2014

In AutoCAD 2014 you can modify the appearance of individual instances of the same block by defining parameters and actions to move, rotate, flip, or align parts of them. You can adjust the block’s appearance [more…]

How to Use Parametrics in AutoCAD 2014

Parametric (rule-based) drawing is by far the best way to enforce design intent in 2D drafting. Design intent in AutoCAD (or in any other engineering software) means that when drawings are edited to make [more…]

How to Use Geometric Constraints in AutoCAD 2014

If you’re using AutoCAD 2014, you can constrain drawing objects geometrically by clicking buttons on the Geometric panel of the Parametric tab. Try the following steps to use geometric constraints: [more…]

How to Use Dimensional Constraints in AutoCAD 2014

The objects you add to a drawing from the Dimensional panel in AutoCAD aren’t the same as the dimension objects you add from the Annotate tab. Dimensional constraints are [more…]

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