Update Drawing Details in AutoCAD

27 Jul, 2014

It’s all in the details! Nearly all of us draw details in our AutoCAD drawings, only to find they need updating should our designs change. Did you know that if you work in 3D, your details update automatically? Not only that, they take only a few minutes to add to any drawing. Join Lynn Allen as she shows you how to add details to your drawings in no time at all!

Video Transcript

Hello there, welcome to another AutoCAD tip courtesy of Cadalyst magazine. I hope you are having a great week so far. I know I am.

Today I'm going to talk even more about the world of 3D. I'm going to try to convince you that you should make the move. Today we're going to talk about Details, which are so much easier when you are working off of a model in 3D.

Almost of all us do some type of detail work, right? And we end up drawing the detail from scratch if we are working in 2D, and then if someone changes the design (not that a design ever changes, right?), but if that happens -- wow, you have to make all those changes to the detail. Wouldn't it be great if it all just happened automatically? That's what happens when you work in 3D. Let me show you what I'm talking about.

On the screen, I happen to have a section view. And we're going to do a detail of the section view. I happen to be in paper space, right? (We're going to move this just a little bit.) How am I going to do this? I'm going to select that section view, and when I do that, of course, the awesome Ribbon automatically changes and you'll see there's an option for creating details. Do you want to do circular or rectangular?. I'm going to do circular. Super easy. I'm just going to go ahead and select where I want that detail to go. I'll go ahead and just draw it inside where I want. I can make modifications later. I'll go ahead and just pull it off to the side like that. That's what I want. I hit Enter and there is my detail.

I can make changes to it, like maybe I want to change that scale factor. Maybe I want it a little bit bigger or a little bit smaller. Let's try 3/8 of an inch equals a foot. Okay, that's pretty darn big right there. You can make changes to size, as you can see it's very easy to do any time that you want to. Okay, so what else can I do? Let's select Edit View. Okay, and you see the Ribbon changes automatically and gives me options just for this detail that I happen to be working on. Love that.

Maybe I changed my mind. Maybe I wish it were rectangular. Maybe I wish it was smooth with a border -- you see it extends the circle all the way around. Maybe I wish there was a connection line -- lot of us work with details with connection lines, right? Maybe I want it to be jagged. You can see that there are quite a few options available to you. So you can set it up any way that you want. Alright, I'm going to go back to Smooth with a Connection line, and I also want to change the identifier. I really didn't want B, maybe I really wanted C. Easy enough. If I like what I have, I'll hit the OK button, and you'll see that it will change the text on the screen so now it says Detail C.

Go back to Edit View. Maybe you decide you don't want any label at all. You can click on this option, this toggle, and we'll get rid of the view label. So it's very simple, very straightforward. So far, so good. So what else? I'm going to come in here and I'm going to make a change to the actual area that I thought I wanted the detail to be. So let's make it smaller. And maybe I want to move it. The point here is that it will continuously update, and its just based on that section view. And if a change occurs with the model, the section view will be updated and then ultimately my detail view will also be updated. And I love that because it saves me time.

So what if you want to fine tune this? You are not exactly sure that's the way you want your detailed text to be or you want to make some modifications to the way the details are set up. No problem. Let's got to the Layout tab. When you go to the Layout tab, of course, there's an option for Detail View Style. We love our dialog boxes -- there are lots and lots of options. Let's go ahead and do a modify. Here you'll see you can very easily make change to the label, to the boundary or the identifier. So now you'll see the changes happen as you select them in the dialog box. Love that!

Easy, easy -- I don't know much easier it could get to add detail to your AutoCAD drawing. Right -- are you going to try it? Promise me you'll try it, make the move to 3D. As for me, I'll see you back here in two more weeks. Thank you so much for joining me.

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