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Issue 12 of Mechanical Tips & Tricks

Welcome to this month's Graitec Mechanical ‘Tips and Tricks’ newsletter. We have produced this with you our Clients, in mind. Our aim is to regularly pass on helpful Tips and Tricks on Autodesk Mechanical Software products. We will try and keep this document full of useful and relevant information for you but if you want to make some suggestions on the content, drop us a line and we will do our best to include your requests. Please take the time to look at the contents of this Newsletter, you never know, the answer to something that is puzzling you today may be right here.

This Months Tips & Tricks Focus Is On: Moving objects in the X & Y

In AutoCAD is it possible to move an object or multiple objects in both the X & Y without having to reselect?

Solution: Many people do not realise you can do this with the “from” tool which has been in AutoCAD for some time.

In the example we are trying to position a hole with centrelines onto a clamp, we are referencing the movement from the corner of the clamp and moving in a positive value in the X (+25mm) and a negative value in the Y (-10mm). Select the move tool, select the objects to be move, press enter to confirm selection, select base point (remember to consider where you will be referencing from). To enable the from tool press SHIFT+ rightclick to bring up the isolation snaps and select from, select the point from where you wish to reference your movement. If Dynamic input is activated enter your X value (25) then press comma (,) to enter your Y value (-10) the stairs is then placed in the position required. NOTE: If you are not using Dynamic Input you will need to enter @25, -10 on the command bar.

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