In this tutorial we will talk about another Autocad command name is Polyline. Polyline looks similar like Line command, but Polyline more powerful than Line. In this tutotial we will learn how to use Polyline and which useful functionality it has.
Polyline command can be found on ribbon next to Line command in Home tab. You cam also call Polyline command by entering PLINE from your keyboard.
After activating AutoCad will ask you Specify first point like in Line command. Click anywhere with you mouse left button.
After you specify first point Autocad will ask you Specify next point or [other offered commands]. Every drawing tool in Autocad has it is own additional commands.
You can also see these commands by clicking on workspace with active Pline by your mouse right button.
These commands can help you work faster just call them while you are drawing object. Give attention to commands names in command panel. You will see that every command names capital letter is in different color. That mean you can call command by entering command colored letter.
Let’s see which commands Autocad offer to us with Polyline and how they can help us work more fast and productive?
Here is the command you can call while using Polyline.
Arc – As you can understand from name drawing an arc. Arc Command you can see here
Halfwidth – You can give width to drawing the line. You can give different width to the beginning and to the end of line
Length – You can change length of already drawn line
Width – You can give width to drawing the line. You can give different width to the beginning and to the end of the line.
Undo – Undo last command. This standard command for all commands
Polyline additional commands and how they work
Arc is very useful command because you can easily draw arc while you are drawing an object with polyline without command cancel.
It is very easy just call Polyline and specify first point. Next, specify next point and before showing third point click mouse right button choose from menu ARC or enter A from the keyboard.
ARC command will activate and you can draw your arc with length and radius. After you draw arc again click right mouse button and from menu choose Line.
You can recognize that right mouse click menu is different that first time. That’s is because Arc command has it is own additional commands.
About Arc you can read here.
Halfwidth and Width what is the difference
If you want to change you drawing polyline width then you can use Halfwidth and Width commands.
When drawing polyline click right mouse button and from the menu choose on of the commands.
After Autocad will ask you Specify starting width. Enter any 10 and hit Enter button.
Next, you will be asked to enter Specify ending width. If you will enter same amount as starting width, your line will be same width. But if you will enter differently then line will be a different look.
What is the difference between Halfwidth and Width?
If you already try both Halfwidth and Width you can realize that both command doing same thing. But they are different.
So it means if you will enter 10 to Starting width and 20 to ending width they will look like that.
How to use Length command with Polyline
Length commands another additional command for polyline. Let’s see how it works. So imagine that you draw some line and realize that length of line is wrong. Of course, you can use UNDO command to undo last line and draw it again. But with Length command, you can make your drawing faster.
Draw a polyline and from right mouse button menu choose Length or enter L from your keyboard. Autocad will ask you Specify length of line.
Enter 5 and hit Enter from keyboard. You will see that your already drawn line’s length is changed.
In this tutorial we learn how to draw Polyline and what additional command we can use with it. But all functionality of Polyline not ending here and other features of Polyline we will check during the way of learning.
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