Chris Downing

Utilizing Multilines (MLINE) in AutoCAD

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Multilines are often overlooked in AutoCAD. The MLINE command gives you the possibility of drawing parallel lines of pre-defined properties at set distances in one single command. One of the most common uses for this is to draw a side view of an axle with solid lines defining the extents of the axle and a …

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How to Organize and Manage Block Attributes

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Blocks with attributes can be very useful but quite often the attributes will appear on the Attribute Editor in a random order, usually the order they were created in. In my example below I have a block with six invisible attributes, these attributes do not appear to be in a logical order. To re-organize and …

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Save to Web and Mobile Tool within AutoCAD

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What is that Save to Web & Mobile Tool? With collaboration and working remotely becoming more prominent in the modern day, Autodesk are incorporating more tools to help you share and work on projects across many different platforms using the cloud space given for free as part of a subscription. The Save to Web & …

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The Autodesk AutoCAD OOPS Command

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One of the most important commands in AutoCAD is the UNDO command but what if you ERASE an object and then carry out a load of good commands before deciding that you shouldn’t have erased that object….? You don’t want to UNDO all that good work just to replace that object and it’s quite a …

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How to use The Drawing Compare Tool in AutoCAD

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How do you use the drawing compare tool in AutoCAD? The drawing compare tool was introduced to AutoCAD in the 2019 version, developed to aid users to find differences between drawings, whether it is comparing revisions or just comparing similar drawings. Once you start the COMPARE command, which is found on the View tab of …

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The AutoCAD Purge Window in the 2020 Release

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In the 2020 version of AutoCAD you may have noticed that the PURGE command has had a bit of a spruce up. The new window allows you to view the purgeable and non-purgeable items within the drawings and lets you select the item you want to purge using the check boxes next to the items. …

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The AutoCAD Blocks Palette in the 2020 Release

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In the 2020 version of AutoCAD you may have noticed a new command ‘BLOCKSPALETTE’. This command opens up a brand new window which gives you a new way of finding and inserting blocks, the Blocks Palette. This new palette is similar to the Tool Palette in some ways but it gives you the ability to …

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Working From Home (WFH) Tips During Pandemic

This blog describes in detail some best practices and tools for working from home effectively and productively. Working from home can be a struggle for most, however, this situation we are facing as a civilization may require us and push us to do it more and more moving forwards. At Man and Machine, we have …

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