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Insert Block

Toolbar: Draw 2D > Insert Block ()

Menu: Insert > Insert Block

Keyboard: DDINSERT

Alias: I

Experience Level: Intermediate

Displays the Insert Block dialog box so you can place blocks into the current drawing. You can insert a single block or a rectangular array of blocks.

TIP You can also use the progeCAD Explorer to insert blocks into a drawing.

Dialog Box Options

From file Select to insert a drawing file as a block. Any DWG file can be used as a block.

Browse Select to display the Insert Block dialog box. Select a file with the DWG extension, and then click Open.

Block name Select the name of an internal block to insert. The list contains the names of all blocks.

Position the block when inserting Click the check box to select it if you want the program to prompt you for the insertion point, scale factor, and rotation angle at the command bar. The following options are only available when this box is not checked.

Insertion point Specify the x,y,z-coordinates of the insertion point for the block. The default value is stored in the system variable LASTPOINT.

Select Click to specify an insertion point in the drawing for the block. The dialog box temporarily disappears, and you are prompted to specify an insertion point. Specify a point, and then the dialog box returns. The program updates the x,y-coordinates to reflect the point you specified; the z-coordinate takes on the value stored in the system variable ELEVATION.

Scale factor Specify the scale factor for the block. The default value is 1.0; a value less than 1 results in a smaller block; a value larger than 1 results in a larger block. A negative value mirrors (reverses) the block. You can scale the block independently in the x, y, and z directions.

Rotation Angle Specify the rotation of the block. The default is 0 degrees.

Explode block upon insertion Click the check box to select it if you want the block exploded into its constituent parts. This is equivalent to using the Insert Block command followed by the Explode command.

Columns Select the number of columns of blocks. The default is 1.

Columns Spacing Specify the spacing between columns of blocks. The default is 1.0 units.

Rows Select the number of rows of blocks. The default is 1.

Row Spacing Specify the spacing between rows of blocks. The default is 1.0 units.

NOTE The array of blocks is itself a block.



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