Recently, we’ve covered half of the 10 practical CAD commands for architects to step up and speed up architectural design. Keep reading to find out about the rest and learn how to use them in ZWCAD with the instructions and GIFs!
REGEN is short for “Regenerate”. It is a handy command to update the drawing. In architectural design, it is usually used to regenerate and smooth the zigzag curves as the example below shows.
- Right-click in the model space and select “Options…” to invoke the Options dialog box.
- Increase the “Arc and circle smoothness” value in the “Display resolution” section, click Apply and then OK.
- Input [REGEN] and press Enter in the model space.
Now, the entities become smoother and your architectural design is more presentable.
Basically, SKETCH allows you to create freehand lines like a real pen. Let’s see how you can sketch a topographic map flexibly on an attached PDF file.
- Input [XREF] and press Enter to attach a topographic map in the PDF format.
- Input [SKETCH] and press Enter.
- Specify the length of segments as small as possible because the smaller it is, the more accurate the contours will be.
- Click to start sketching.
- Click again to pause sketching.
- Press ENTER to end sketching.
Given the heavy workload, it is hard for architects to avoid spelling mistakes. But don’t worry because you’ve got SPELL the command to ensure that your texts are faultless based on the dictionary selected in ZWCAD.
- Input [SP] and press ENTER.
- Select entities to check spelling and press ENTER.
- Cross-check the spelling suggestions in the Check Spelling dialog box.
After following the steps above, you can rest assured that every word you write is correct.
TP, short for Tool Palettes, is like a warehouse of blocks, hatches, and commonly used drawing tools. After invoking the Tool Palettes by “Ctrl+3”, you can simply drag entities from it to the drawing, and vice versa.
The GIF below was created to better illustrate this feature. As you can see, I dragged the long table directly to TP and stored it there. Then, I dragged the round table straight from TP to enrich the floor plan.
Moreover, in ZWCAD, entities can be added to TP from the Design Center and external drawings as well.
In architectural design, layout viewports are commonly used to present the floor plan, section, etc. altogether. In ZWCAD 2021, you can customize the view, visual style, annotation scale, etc. in each viewport for better plotting effects.
- Input [VPORTS] and press ENTER in the layout space to invoke the Viewports dialog box.
- Define the number and size of viewports.
- Specify the boundary and your design will show in the default style.
- Adjust the visual styles and views of the viewports.
See? I can get a layout of four views in the Gouraud+Edges style effortlessly with this command. In ZWCAD 2021, you can even highlight certain layer properties in each viewport using the Viewport Layer feature (click to watch the tutorial video).
Now that I’ve expounded all 10 CAD commands I think may boost architects’ design efficiency, do you agree to my picks? Comment to let me know!