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Inserting blocks

You can insert blocks and other drawings into the current drawing. When you insert a block, it is treated as a single entity. When you insert a drawing, it is added to the current drawing as a block. You can then insert multiple instances of the block without reloading the original drawing file. If you change the original drawing file, those changes have no effect on the current drawing unless you redefine the block by reinserting the changed drawing.

When you insert a block or drawing, you must specify the insertion point, scale, and rotation angle. The block's insertion point is the reference point specified when you created the block. When you insert a drawing as a block, the program takes the specified insertion point as the block insertion point. You can change the insertion point, however, by first opening the original drawing and redefining the block.

To insert blocks

  1. Display the Insert Block dialog box by doing one of the following:
    • Choose Insert > Block.
    • On the Draw 2D toolbar, click the Block tool ().
    • Type ddinsert and then press Enter.
  2. In the Insert Block dialog box, under Insert, click Block Name.
  3. In the Block Name box, select the name of the block you want to insert.
  4. Click Insert.
  5. Specify the insertion point for the block.
  6. Specify the x, y, and z scale factors and the rotation angle, or press Enter to accept the default values.


TIP You can also use the progeCAD Explorer on the Settings menu to insert blocks. Using progeCAD Explorer, you can also insert blocks from another drawing into the current drawing. Both drawings must be open at the same time to do this.


To insert an entire drawing into the current drawing

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Choose Insert > Block.
    • On the Draw 2D toolbar, click the Block tool ().
    • Type ddinsert and then press Enter.
  2. In the Insert Block dialog box, under Insert, click From File.
  3. Type the path and the drawing file name. Or click Browse to specify the file from the Insert Drawing dialog box, and click Open.
  4. Click Insert.
  5. Specify the insertion point for the block.
  6. Specify the x, y, and z scale factors and the rotation angle, or press Enter to accept the default values.


NOTE You can specify the insertion point, scale factors, and rotation angle in the Insert Block dialog box before inserting the block. You can also control whether the block is exploded back into its original component entities after insertion. Under Positioning, clear the Position Block When Inserting check box, and specify the appropriate coordinates. If you want to explode the block immediately, select the Explode Upon Insertion check box.


 

  1. Click and then enter the path and drawing file name to insert the entire drawing file as a block.
  2. Click to position block when inserting.
  3. Specify the insertion point, scale factors, and rotation angle before you insert the block (available only when Position Block When Inserting is cleared).
  4. Click to explode the block on insertion.
  5. Specify columns, column spacing, rows, and row spacing.
  6. Click to insert the block.
  7. Click to select the block insertion point in the drawing before inserting the block (available only when the Position Block When Inserting check box is cleared).

Creating blocks

Exploding blocks

Redefining blocks

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