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AutoCAD Defpoints

Monday, November 6th, 2017

AutoCAD Defpoints Tutorial

What are Defpoints in AutoCAD, and why is there a Defpoints layer in my AutoCAD drawing file?

Defpoints, or Definition Points are point objects that are created when you select two origin points as you place a dimension in your drawing. See the AutoCAD 2018 screen capture below:

The two yellow points you see are the first and second points you picked to locate the dimension in your drawing. These points are used by AutoCAD when you are placing “Associative” dimensions in your drawing. Associative dimensions are a setting in AutoCAD that when turned on, will let you stretch, or scale an object, and the dimension text will be updated to the new size. An example is if I stretch a wall length from 10′-0″ to 15′-0″, the dimension text will now read 15′-0″ showing the new true length. So your dimensions are “associated” to the objects they are placed on. It is a “best practice” to always leave your associative dimensions setting turned on. It is also a “best practice” to create a separate layer for all your dimensions, I have always used a short name version and called my dimension layer “Dims”.

You may have noticed when you start a drawing from scratch that there is only 1 layer created, layer “0”. The Defpoints layer is not created until you place your first dimension in the drawing. AutoCAD creates the Defpoints layer automatically when the first dimension is placed. The dimension objects, dimension line, extension lines, ticks/arrows, and dimension text will all go on the current layer. But the defpoints points themselves will go on the newly created layer called Defpoints. The “Defpoints” layer has special properties, it is a “no plot” layer, so you can see the defpoints on your CAD drawing screen, but they will never plot. The color of the defpoints layer is determined by the current layer that you placed the dimension on. Once the defpoints layer is created by placing your first dimension, it cannot be deleted from your drawing file.

You can set the Defpoints layer current and draw, but none of the objects on the defpoints will plot/print.

TIP: Back in the day, we used to set the Defpoints layer current when we wanted to place design notes on the drawing that we didn’t want to show up on the prints. You can still use the defpoints layer for this in all the versions of AutoCAD from AutoCAD 2018 on back. In the later versions of AutoCAD you can now create any layer and set it to “No Plot” to place anything in a drawing that you don’t want printed.

I hope this post on AutoCAD Defpoints was helpful. The two points “defpoints” at the origins of all AutoCAD dimensions, and the Defpoints layer have always been kind of a mystery. I hope this AutoCAD tutorial was helpful. Please send me a note if you have any questions.

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-Kevin

CAD in the Cloud- Market Trends

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

If you are considering using the Cloud for your CAD projects, this article from Business Advantage and Jon Peddie Research will be a must read!

Click on the link below to take you to the article:

CAD in the Cloud – Market Trends 2017

Good luck in all your CAD projects!

Kevin
ArchBlocks.com

Autodesk University 2013

Monday, December 2nd, 2013
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Watch live-streaming video of the Keynote Address, Closing Session, Innovation Forums, and a selection of classes from the conference in Las Vegas.

AutoCAD Tips and Tricks

Friday, June 8th, 2012

AutoCAD Tricks for MText: Beyond the Basics

AUGI – Autodesk Users Group International

AutoCAD tutorial on using Mtext command.

Follow the link below;

Mtext Tips and Tricks

AutoCAD Video Tutorial ~ Introduction to Design Center

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

I just wanted to let everybody know that I just finished my first AutoCAD video tutorial. It’s called: “Introduction to Design Center”. My goal for these free AutoCAD tutorials is to provide you with short AutoCAD tutorials that will cover not only the features of AutoCAD, but also how to actually draw projects like floorplans, elevations, etc.

This video explains how to use AutoCAD Design Center, and how ArchBlocks.com CAD block libraries are organized to help with your block library management. After all, it’s about working efficiently, and as quickly as possible.

So enjoy my very first video tutorial, and please feel free to add any comments on how I can improve these AutoCAD video lessons.

Thanks, Kevin

Please let me know if you have any questions about the video tutorial for AutoCAD Design Center.

Affordable AutoCAD On-Line Video Tutorial

Monday, May 24th, 2010

 

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If you have any questions about the AutoCAD tutorial, just send me a note:  Contact Kevin

Good luck on all your projects!

Kevin

Latest addition of AUGIWorld is available for Download

Monday, May 17th, 2010

AUGI is pleased to announce that the latest issue of AUGIWorld is now available for download.

 

Autodesk Users Group International

What’s New for 2011? – AUGIWorld writers dive into the newest releases of popular Autodesk products including AutoCAD, Autodesk Inventor, AutoCAD Civil 3D, and Autodesk Revit. You’ll learn about all the new features and major enhancements in this year’s products.