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Alex Hilton Monday 26th November 2012

Establishing Professional Practice Page Setup

Page setup manager, to check your work print it to Adobe PDF printer. Make sure you check all the paper sizes, dimensions, measurements and all other details are correct before printing. Set to monochrome if you want a black and white drawing, occasionally you can use grayscale. Plot scale should always be 1:1 in mm.

Viewports On the layout tab, pick a size and shape for the viewport and then select the object to put into it. Make sure you are in paper space to use this tool. You can change the viewport size afterwards and also lock the viewport.

Array The keyboard shortcut for the array tool is ‘ar’. There are three different types or array tool; Path is along a path, Polar is around a point and Rectangular is for a shape. You can use the blue markers on the screen to alter the array once it is done, you can make it bigger or smaller or add more arrays.

Wipeout The advantage of using the wipeout tool is that it just hides part of the shape rather than deleting it which means you can adjust it later if you need to.

Polylines The keyboard shortcut for polylines is ‘pl’ this allows you to draw a line with lots of different points on it which makes it easy for you to edit, it also makes it better for offsetting. It is useful to have a continuous line because it is much quicker and you can move it around as one object rather than moving each line separately.

Offset Using polylines helps when offsetting a shape. Instead of having to offset each individual line and then trimming off the edges, you can offset the whole shape as a continuous line in just one step.


Alex Hilton Monday 26th November 2012

Osnap If your lines don’t meet or have gaps in them then you probably don’t have the osnap setting switched on. Turn it on by clicking F3 and make sure the lines connect. Lines that don’t meet can cause a lot of problems when applying hatching or laser cutting etc. To turn a standard line into a more flexible polyline, enter the Poly edit command ‘pe’, select the line you want to turn into a polyline and join them together ‘j’.

This shows how the shape is made from normal lines

I used the ‘pe’ tool and clicked enter


Alex Hilton Monday 26th November 2012

Click enter for yes

I typed ‘j’ and enter. The black circle shows which option this selects


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I highlighted the whole shape to select it all then clicked enter

I typed ‘j’ again and enter to join the shape up


Alex Hilton Monday 26th November 2012

I moved my mouse over the shape and this menu comes up which shows that it is now a polyline

This shows how a polyline has a lot more points on it (the blue markers)


Alex Hilton Monday 26th November 2012

Poly edit

By using the ‘pe’ shortcut it allows me to change the shape of a line, the image above was my original line (polyline).

This shows me using the width tool.


Alex Hilton Monday 26th November 2012

This is what the line now looks like after using the width tool, you use the marker to drag it wider.

This is another line, again it is a polyline. This time I used the spline tool.


Alex Hilton Monday 26th November 2012

This is what the line looks like after using the spline tool.

Hatching The shortcut for the hatch tool is ‘h’ it allows us to shade in an area to make it clearer to see/read.


Alex Hilton Monday 26th November 2012

In the top left corner, you can see the different options for hatching. On this shape I have used the solid option.

On the rectangle you can see that I have used the angle hatch.


Alex Hilton Monday 26th November 2012

Here are a few different examples of hatching, on one of the shapes I have used the brick hatch.


Alex Hilton Monday 26th November 2012

This shows a different type of hatch using colour, you can change the effect of colours and also change which colours are used.

My drawing plan of a school

In my drawing plan I added tables and used the wipeout tool to keep the chairs underneath in case I want to change them later on. I have then started to use hatching for the walls, I used the concrete hatch. The image below shows the concrete hatching closer up.


Alex Hilton Monday 26th November 2012

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