AutoCAD 2015 and AutoCAD LT 2015 Bible

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Make a layer current — for sure

Jack Foster contributed a menu item that makes sure a layer is on, thawed, unlocked and exists — in other words, that you can use it. He says, “When working on a drawing that other users have worked on, you may find that the layer you need is off or frozen. Even if the layer […]

On which layers should you create blocks?

When you create blocks (also called symbols to insert into a drawing, you need to consider what layer to use for the components that make up the blocks. Your choice depends on the results you want and you have four choices:

Component Properties Insertion Results On any layer (except 0); color, linetype & lineweight set […]

Print or share a list of layers

Sometimes you need a list of layers to quickly see all the layers and their status in a drawing. You can share it with colleagues. For a simple method, follow these steps:

Type -layer on the command line. Choose the ? option to get a list of layers and press Enter. Press F2 to open […]

Create invisible supporting notes

Do you keep supporting notes for your AutoCAD drawings on a notepad next to your computer? Do you sometimes need to jot down tasks to complete, explanations of objects, or locations of supporting data?

Instead of using pen and paper, you can insert this information into your drawing and have easy access to it whenever […]

Converting 3D drawings into 2D drawings

Readers of my books often ask me how to convert a 3D drawing into a 2D drawing — either to simplify dimensioning or for presentation purposes. Here are three techniques:

If your drawing is made up of solids, you should use SOLVIEW and SOLDRAW or SOLPROF, because they provide the most accurate results.


Convert a 3D solid to a 2D drawing with a hidden view

Koyilada Venkata Rao sent in this tip for converting a 3D solid to a 2D drawing. His tip explains how to create a hidden view, but you can create a wireframe as well. It uses the SOLPROF command to create a profile. By transferring the results to another file, you get a solely 2D drawing.