While coming up with better designs, you might not be aware of the commands that are designed to lighten your workload. Let’s learn to leverage CAD commands beginning with L and be more productive!
Frequently, we need to design or plot a drawing in accordance with certain layer standards, especially for bidding or documentation. Understanding the standards is not a challenge. What’s really challenging is the tedious work of editing the layer information while comparing it with the standards.
And the way out? LAYTRANS, a.k.a. Layer Translator! It allows you to translate a layer in the current drawing into a standard one.
- Input [LAYTRANS] and press ENTER to invoke the “Layer Translator” dialog box.
- Load the standard drawing.
- Choose one or more “Translate From” layers and the corresponding “Translate To” layer.
- Click “Map” to associate the layers selected in Step 3.
- Click “Translate” to convert the “Translate From” layer properties to “Translate To” standards.
- Save the mapping information by clicking “Yes” in the pop-up window.
- Save the translated file.
Now you’ve standardized your layers!
You can do more than lengthening lines with this command. LENGTHEN can help you edit the length of an object or the included angle of an arc.
- Input [LEN] and then press ENTER.
- Select an object and press ENTER to check its current length and angle (if any).
- Enter 1 of the 4 options (DY for Dynamic, DE for Delta, P for Percent, and T for Total).
- Select the object again and continue to perform the option according to the command line.
Has it ever confused you when a dashed line looks like a continuous one no matter how you scroll with the mouse wheel? If neglected, this situation could lead to an inaccurate drawing and a heavier workload.
So, to make the gaps of discontinuous lines more apparent, you should know the command, LINETYPE. LINETYPE is used for arranging the line, point, and space, as well as loading and setting the current linetype from the library.
- Input [LT] and press Enter to invoke the Linetype Manager dialogue box.
- Specify the Global Scale Factor and the Current Object Scale.
- Click “OK”.
With the scales set, you can now draw clearer dashed or dotted lines.
Using LOFT to merge multiple sections into a solid is kind of like pottery, except that pottery is imprecise, tricky and time-consuming. While in ZWCAD, you only need some cross sections, the LOFT command, and a few minutes to make a virtual one!
- Input [LOFT] and press Enter.
- Select the cross sections in the lofting order and press Enter.
- Enter 1 of the 4 options (G for Guides, P for Path, C for Cross sections only, and S for Settings).
- Select object(s) as guides or a path and press Enter if you chose G or P. Press Enter if you chose C or S.
Then, you can get a solid with all the selected cross sections connected.