Author Archives: AutoCAD Tips

About AutoCAD Tips

This blog serves as a knowledge base for myself (and anyone else) so that I can reference tips & tricks that I have learned and also refer others to it as well. I hope that this blog helps you learn at least one tip to make your drafting/design experience better.

AutoCAD 2016 System Variable Monitor

If you are tired of opening a drawing and being surprised why some settings are not what you’d think they should be, The new feature called the “System Variable Monitor” or SYSVARMONITOR is now your friend and has your back. … Continue reading

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Batch Convert DGN to DWG using Microstation

This tip requires that you (or someone else) has Microstation. To be honest, the only thing that I know how to do in Microstation is open a DGN file (Microstation file) and either  do a “Save as” > .DWG or … Continue reading

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Angular Dimensions More than 180° for ACAD 2016

Since the new DIMension command (which I love) has kind of changed the way we do dimensions, here is how you apply an angular degree that is more than 180°. It has been about 5 years since I first posted … Continue reading

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MTJIGSTRING

When you enter T <enter> at the command line, it starts the MTEXT command and you normally see “abc” prompt When you enter MTJIGSTRING in the command line, you are able to enter ten characters to welcome you when you … Continue reading

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Poll – Does your company use Annotative Text & Dimensions in model space.

Besides Civil 3D users, I know of no engineering firm that uses annotative text or dimensions in Model Space. I tend to teach people how to use it so that they know how. But I also teach them how to … Continue reading

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CADWorx Piping Displays As Single Line

Have you ever opened a CADWorx piping drawing only to find a bunch of center lines where your 3D piping should be? (shown below) Use the CADWorx command CONVERTSOLID to make these single lines display correctly. This tool can also … Continue reading

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Add Objects to Block Using Edit Block In Place

If you were wondering, Yes there is a LISP routine to accomplish the same thing found [here] by Lee-Mac. But here is how you can do the same thing using the “Edit Block In-Place” option of editing blocks. Sometimes it … Continue reading

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