How to Create Angular Dimension larger than 180 Degrees in AutoCAD?

How to create an Angular Dimension for larger than 180-degree angles? This is the topic of today’s article and as I said in previous posts, Dimensions are one of the most important objects in our Drawings. Without Dimensions, a drawing will be closer to a painting. This is the reason why we have so many Dimension Related topics. So being able to dimension properly is of great importance to every professional.

By default, AutoCAD’s Angular Dimension

DIMANGULAR is limited to angles less than 180 degrees. Or it seems like that:

At the first glance, it seems like this is the case. However, it is possible to create an Angular Dimension Larger than 180 Degrees using DIMANGULAR, to do that, you need to follow the steps below:

  1. Type on the command line DIMANGULAR and hit Enter. (or click on the icon)
  2. AutoCAD will prompt to Select arc, circle, line, or <specify vertex>: hit Enter again.
  3. Now, AutoCAD will ask to Specify angle vertex: pick the vertex (corner) of the desired angle.
  4. Next, on Specify first angle endpoint: pick one end of the lines.
  5. On Specify second angle endpoint: pick the end of the other line.
  6. Lastly, place the Dimension on the screen!

This is by far, the easiest way to create a dimension for larger than 180-degree angles!

I hope you find our way to dimension Reflex Angle in AutoCAD (angles larger than 180 degrees) useful. Find out more great tips and tricks with us AutoCAD Tips and Tricks!

How to use AutoCAD Dimension Grips (Reset Text Position)

Time and time again, we see that Dimensions are one of the most important objects in AutoCAD. Previously we have talked about Splitting Dimensions, Resetting Dimensions Value, and Using Alternate Dimension Values. Here we will see how to use Dimension Grips, how to Reset Text Positions, and even how to Reset Text positions of multiple Dimension Objects.

Dimension Grips

Arrow Grips Options

Arrow grips are the ones that ends at our Arrows/Ticks. To activate them, hover over the Arrow Grip. The options provided can be replicated with other dimension commands that is why they are not that interesting, nevertheless, you can check them below.

  • Stretch – Basic Stretch of the Dimension
  • Stretch Dimension Group – Stretches all dimensions that have a common grip
  • Continue Dimension – Creates a new Dimension from the End of the Current One.
  • Baseline Dimension – Creates a new Dimension from the same Beginning as the Current One.
  • Flip Arrow – Flips the dimension Arrow

Text Grips Options

To bring foreward Text Grips options, just hover over the text Grip. Options here are unique to the Dimension Text and can be really useful!

  • Stretch – Stretches the text, more like moving it.
  • Move with Dim Line – Moves the Text, together with the Dimension Line.
  • Text Only – Moves only the Text.
  • Move with Leader – Moves the Text and creating leader to the Dim Line.
  • Above Dim Line – Automatically moves the Text above the Dim Line.
  • Center Vertically – Automatically Centers the Text Vertically if it has been moved before.
  • Reset Text Position – The option I personally use most often, it resets the Text to the default position.

Reset Text Position of Multiple Dimension Objects

As I said in the previous paragraph, Reset Text Position of Dimension is the option I use most often, however, if there are Multiple Dimensions with moved Texts that need to be reset it can get very time-consuming. Fortunately for us, there is a way to Reset the Text Position of Multiple Dimension objects at once. To do just that, follow the steps below:

  1. Type on the command line DIMEDIT
  2. AutoCAD Will ask to Enter type of dimension editing, choose Home (or type in H)
  3. Choose the Dimensions whose text needs to be reset and hit Enter.

If you found this information useful. Don’t forget to check our other AutoCAD Tips for more great Tips and Tricks like this one!

How to Split Dimensions in AutoCAD? (No Lisp Required!)

One of the most important parts of any drawing are Dimensions, however, some times we could create a mistake or two while using them. Or not even a mistake, some times we need to add a new dimension or if we could Break an existing One into two. To Split or Break an existing dimension in AutoCAD drawing will be a lot easier than choosing the appropriate Dim style, creating a new one and aligning it with others.
So how to Split an already placed Dimension?

Old Alternatives

Delete the existing Dimension and Draw two new ones!
Hundreds of times I have placed a Dimension and then realize that it has to be replaced by two or more dimensions. The method of “Starting from the beginning” works flawlessly, however, it is very time-consuming and annoying. Nobody likes wasting time!

There is an AutoLISP for everything, Right? There must be a Lisp that Splits Dimensions!
On the one hand, Lisps are great tools that help us extend the functionality of AutoCAD, on the other hand, it can get a bit messy in our heads if we use too many Lisps.

Built-In DIMENSION command

Since AutoCAD 2016 version, there is a built-in command that can Split Dimensions with just one click! To learn how to use it, follow these simple steps:

  1. Activate the Dimension tool, it is located in Annotate ribbon, under the Dimensions tab. (or you can type DIM on the command line).
  2. Now, draw a dimension for the split, the normal way and place it over the one to be split.
  3. AutoCAD will ask you to Specify how to handle the overlapping dimensions. The options are: Move Away (the Existing Dimension), Break Up (or split it), Replace, None.
    Choose Break up.

That was it you Split Dimension in AutoCAD in just Three steps!
The other three options are pretty self-explanatory.
By selecting Move Away, AutoCAD will move up/down/left or right the already existing Dimension.
Selection of Replace will replace the Existing Dimension with a new one.
None will place the new one over the old one (Which usually looks bad!)

I hope you find this Post helpful! Let us know in the comments below If you had to split dimensions before and how did you do it?

How to find Closest Distance Between 2 Objects?

AutoCAD Civil 3D is very useful and powerful software. Along with it’s great functionality related to road design, pipe design, vertical planing etc. it provides many small and very very useful drafting tools.

Today we are going to look at one of them it is called Minimum Distance Between Entities and as name suggests we are going to find the closest distance between two objects.

This usually isn’t hard job even if we don’t use this tool however it takes time and we all know the time is very expensive. For example we will look for the closest distance between our building outline and property line.

As you can see it is not so easy to find exactly which corner is the closest to the property line.

Where to find the tool?

The handy tool we are talking about is found in the Analyze tab at the ribbon, then we go to Inquiry panel’s dropdown list. Here we can see it – Minimum Distance Between Entities.

The command is MinDistBetweenEntities, it is long one but if AutoCAD will help us
writing it. We just have to write “Mind… and it will auto-suggest the command.

How to use it?

We just have to fallow these simple steps:

  1. We start the tool in one of the two ways we looked at
  2. Now Civil 3D will ask us to select the two objects. We select the objects and hit enter.
  3. Civil 3D will give us option to draw an line that connects the 2 closest points. Here we hit yes because we would like to place dimension there. And we are ready!

 

As we can see in this picture these were indeed the closest distances!

 

 

Fake Dimensions? How dare you!

Fake Dimensions? Where?

A lot of times we have received drawings from colleagues that have some “fake” Dimensions. The Dimension Text shows one thing but the real geometry is different.

Lot of people would prefer to edit dim text, than edit the real geometry of the object. This can cause some real mess in future so it is better not to go that way.

Well if I say that I have never edited dimension’s text I would lie, in fact


it happens often. However sometimes we want to see the real measurement. We can of course select the suspected dimension, go to properties and look under text properties if there is text override. As we can see in the example real measurement is 100 but dim text is 150.

We can easily delete the override text and AutoCAD will automatically write the real measurement, but if we have hundreds of dimensions and we can’t tell which exactly are “fake” it will be really hard and time consuming to look at each one individually and delete the text.

The Trick!

Smart guys at Autodesk have thought of this scenario and gave us one great tool that will return all selected dimensions to their right measurements. We just have to select all the dimensions and type in DIMREASSOC.

AutoCAD will automatically change all dimension text to real measurements and will give you a small report that

shows how many dimensions were modified.

The result:

 

How to Bring all Text to Front in AutoCAD! (With 1 Command!)

Is it possible to Automatically Bring all Text to Front?

The text is one of the most important things in our drawings. Text objects are Text, Mtext, Leaders, Dimensions, etc. It is so annoying to put dimension then draw some lines and then another dimension and in the end, all those lines, hatches cross your text objects and look so awful. Of course, at that moment you start to select every text object and Bring it to the front, this can sometimes take hours.

Wait a minute is it normal for an engineer to spend HOURS in tasks like this? The simple answer is NO! IT IS NOT!! So here is one little trick I want to share with you. There is command “Texttofront” which brings all the text to front including dimensions!

Before

 

After

You can type Texttofront in the command line or you can find it in the Home ribbon tab > Modify > Bring to front. If you are using a mouse you will see all the variations of the command there is also HATCHTOBACK command which also can be very useful.

 

 

If you are using command line then when you type the command AutoCAD will ask you to choose from Text, Dimensions, Leaders or All.


I usually choose All but sometimes you would need to choose a more specific option.

Note: This trick works as well for civil 3d Labels!

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