Mar 01

BotM – Louver Section and Elevation

This month’s BotM is a bonus 2 for 1 download.  The louver section can be adjusted to any height via a stretch action.  The louver vanes are then added via an array action to fit within your specified height.  The louver elevation uses stretch actions to set the width and height and includes a solid white hatch behind the linework to block out whatever exterior finish is behind.  Use the draworder command to bring the louver to the front and there will be no need to trim finishes behind.  Head on over to the downloads page to grab these louver blocks and others! Also, if you like this block, feel free to check out my entire collection of dynamic blocks on Autodesk’s Exchange Apps Service.

Take a look at the quick clip below to see this months block in action…

Feb 01

BotM – W Shapes Dynamic Block

What is BotM you ask?  Block of the Month I say.  On the first of each month there will be a new dynamic block available for download from CAD Jedi.  Let’s kick of BotM with a dynamic block that comprises all of the standard steel W shapes in the AISC manual.  This block makes use of a block table combined with constraints to draw each size of W shape.  It also has a visibility lookup to show or not show a dashed line offset 1/2″ from the steel to represent fireproofing spray. Head on over to the downloads page to grab our inaugural BotM! Also, if you like this block, feel free to check out my entire collection of dynamic blocks on Autodesk’s Exchange Apps Service.

Take a look at the quick clip below to see this months block in action as well as inside the block editor…

Until next time…

Jan 29

Quick Tip – Quickly Edit Multiline Attributes in Autocad Blocks

Like most all tasks in AutoCAD, editing multiline attributes can be accomplished in many ways.  The method that you use is generally guided by your personal preference and/or the method that you first learned or were taught by someone else.  Today’s Quick Tip describes three methods for editing multiline attributes.

Method #1: Editing the text through the properties palette or with quick properties.

Left click on the block that you want to edit so that it is hilited.  On the properties palette (or in quick properties if turned on), find the name of the multiline attribute that you wish to edit and click on the ellipses symbol (…) to open the text in the mtext editor.  Once you are finished editing, click outside of the Continue reading

Jan 25

Dynamic Block Tutorial

A few years ago I was asked to do a dynamic block tutorial for Ellen Finkelstein’s AutoCAD Tips Blog which never got published for one reason or another.  I had just finished making a block for 12″ wide metal lockers that was fresh in my mind so I wrote the tutorial based on that block.  I thought this would be a good starting point for the tutorial section and give everyone something to tear apart while I gather additional information and make new videos.  Keep in mind that this tutorial was written somewhere around the time of AutoCAD 2009 so some of the screenshots taken inside of the block editor will look a bit different and clunkier than newer versions.  Check out the locker block tutorial page and snag your first free dynamic block download from CAD Jedi.  Leave a comment and let me know your thoughts and questions.

Until next time…

Jan 15

CAD Jedi? So, what is this?

What is CAD Jedi?  As the name implies…Just Everyday Drafting Information.  More specifically, information concerning the usage of AutoCAD in my everyday job duties as both a draftsman and CAD Manager.  My first experience with AutoCAD was version 2 point something or other during my high school drafting class in 1988 but I really “learned” it circa 1993 using the DOS based Release 12 and a Continue reading