Category Archives: Modifying

Fixing Your Broken Concrete Hatch Pattern

I hope that you noticed something in my previous blog post about fixing holes in hatches that didn’t have anything to do with that topic. In fact, this is a very common issue that plagues AutoCAD Civil 3D users. As … Continue reading

Posted in BASICS, Civil 3D, Civil 3D Tips, Hatch, Modifying, TIPS, Uncategorized | 7 Comments

Fix Your AutoCAD Hatch Holes

Does your drawing have holy hatches? Some of the drawings I work on have these annoying outline/remnants of objects that have been moved or deleted. And now I have to clean them up. Some of these objects could have been … Continue reading

Posted in Hatch, Modifying, TIPS | 3 Comments

Lisp: Delete Extra Annotative Scales from Objects

This routine has helped me many times when receiving drawings from others that include annotative blocks and text, you may not need as many scales that are applied to these annotative objects. Everything looks fine with the received file shown … Continue reading

Posted in AutoLISP, AutoLISP: Text, Modifying | 5 Comments

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

Posted in Manage, Modifying | Tagged | 1 Comment

Split Dimensions in AutoCAD 2016

No Lisp routine needed for this functionality – If you have an existing dimension, you can pull a dimension that meets at the original dimension line and be prompted on how to handle the result. And one of the options is to … Continue reading

Posted in Dimensions, Modifying, New in 2016 | 3 Comments

AutoLISP: Break 3D line through User defined Plane

This routine was made by Chen Qing Jun, qjchen and is found at http://www.theswamp.org/index.php?topic=40494.msg457913#msg457913 It is quite handy if you happen to need to break a line that passes through a “plane.” I am using the term “plane” loosely because it doesn’t … Continue reading

Posted in AutoLISP, AutoLISP: 3D, AutoLISP: Modify, Modifying | 3 Comments

AutoLISP: Updated Heal Line/Polyline

There were 2 posts from a while back that did the same thing – Erase a selected block and then heal the LINE or POLYLINE, but the annoying thing was that only one routine would work for LINES and you … Continue reading

Posted in AutoLISP, AutoLISP: Blocks, AutoLISP: Modify, AutoLISP: Polylines, Modifying, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

BASE Command – BEWARE of XREFs & Blocks

A perplexing issue crept its way into a project recently that revolves around the AutoCAD command BASE [enter]. This command can be found on the “Home” tab > Block panel (drop down – lower portion) “Base” It can also be … Continue reading

Posted in Blocks, Manage, Modifying, XREFs | 1 Comment

Changing A Block Insertion Point

You may come across blocks in a drawing where either the insertion point of the block doesn’t meet your needs. Hopefully this post will help you save some time editing your block and also there’s an added bonus, I will … Continue reading

Posted in Blocks, Manage, Modifying | 4 Comments

Reverse Polyline Moves Origin

Today’s tip is more of a “head’s up” to be aware of when using the REVERSE command on a closed polyline. The Reverse command will reverse the direction of selected objects. What is reversed is the direction or the order … Continue reading

Posted in Modifying, Polylines, TIPS | 2 Comments