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Visualize Architectural Designs and Reduce Errors in AutoCAD LT

by Tanya Paz on June 10, 2019

Many visualization tools can be used in AutoCAD LT to speed up work and reduce errors. By using layers and intelligent objects to generate designs from the start, users maintain a high degree of control and flexibility through project phases. These layers and objects can be inventoried, filtered, quickly adjusted globally, and deployed to graphically reveal previously unseen information. How you plan and create your drawing will determine the visual tools available.





Visibility Options using Intelligent Objects:


For many years, CAD software depended on simple objects like lines that together formed the contents of complex drawings. These entities only represented geometry and never maintained any intelligence about what object they were representing. With intelligent objects, drawings are comprised of a series of entities that contain related data ranging from geometry, materials, specifications, price, manufacturers, or any field a user desires to add. Read below for visualization opportunities when using intelligent objects.

  • Use the Block Editor to create objects and easily control visibility of all of them from within the editor. This will override the layer manager.
  • Create custom linetypes, and hatch patterns for a desired visual effect or to align with company drawing standards. 




Visibility Options using Layers


All drawing entities, whether simple objects or intelligent, can be organized onto layers. Organizing a drawing by assigning objects to layers allows for more than hiding objects you do not currently need to see. Read below for tips and tools embedded in AutoCad LT to control, group, and filter layers adding more visualization control in models. 

 

  • Use the Layer Manager & Layer Filters to edit layer visibility while also maintaining the ability to override settings for specific objects.
  • Control Display of Objects independently of Layer Properties
  • Assign BYLAYER Property to many objects at once and quickly clean up drawings with many objects with properties applied individually to them. If this becomes overwhelming, it might be easier to set all object properties ByLayer and simply change layer properties.
  • Display Objects from selected Layers using LAYERWALK, a command that allows for “walking” through each layer individually With this tool, you can alter the layer state when you exit, save layer states, and purge layers that are not unreferenced.
  • Adjust visibility by viewport, allowing for similar views to show different information. Control layer visibility using LAYFRZ and freeze layers in the current viewport only, instead of the entire drawing. Alternatively, go to the desired layout tab and from within the viewport select the desired layer and turn on/off VPFREEZE. Learn even more from this related video.





Automate repeatable tasks and save presets for future projects.


Portions of architectural drafting can be highly repetitive. Learn more about automation and templates to save time on duplicative tasks and actions.

  • Explore the Action Recorder to easily automate repetitive tasks in your work flow, especially the process for using layers to prepare and organize new references in your file. You can create a script file that defines and executes a sequential set of commands with predetermined input. For example, you can create a script that creates layers and sets up the desired colors and line weights.

Save Layer Settings for future files by creating custom drawing templates to use when creating a new drawing. Template files can store commonly used layers, blocks, and styles that you might use in specific projects or across all your drawings.

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