Drag-and-Drop Hole Boring Patterns in CAD
Next open a blank drawing and purge everything out of it so it’s clean. Save the drawing to the folder you made and call it “5mm Holes.” In that drawing either insert blocks of holes or create new ones. Make sure to name the blocks something that you understand. Remember, no 2 blocks can be named the same. After populating the drawing, save and close it. Open design center, navigate to the drawing, and select the view blocks icon. This will display every block in the drawing (that’s why we started with a clean drawing). In the right hand pane, right click in a blank spot and a menu will appear. Select “Create Tool Palette” and it will make a new tab on your tool palette called “5mm holes.”
Now you can drag and drop from your tool palette. You can also customize the properties of each block on the palette. You can also do this scenario for all kind of blocks. Now here is the cool thing about doing it this way. You can exchange drawings with others that have set theirs up the same way, and have a new Tool palette with their blocks in seconds.
If we could get everyone to agree where to place the master file so everybody’s file is in the same location, you could also export or import tool palette information. Example: Someone has a tool palette tab set up with several hatch patterns and has set different scale factors to different hatches. They could export the tool palette tab and email you the hatches and the .XTP file and you would import the file and add the hatches and then you're ready to go.
Also, using the import/export utility helps to keep your tool palette down to a reasonable amount of tabs.
From contributor S:
I will draw it 5 hole and aray it on 32 (AutoCAD does not know difference between inches and mm - number is number) and then scale it down 10/254.
From the original questioner:
Wow... thanks. Both of you have given very useful advice. I will be populating my tool palette shortly. I have been really studying the Blum book for the first time after years of just sort of understanding the hardware. I hope to be able to really plan my doors and drawer fronts off of a lineboring pattern. Yahoo!
From contributor P:
Take a look at SmartMachining. It will not only do exactly what you ask, but it will do it in 3D solids and the hole placement will be based on the parts size and your presets. Just set the radio buttons at the top of the form to drawing units = inches and machining units = metric. Make sure the values below are mm values. Like 5 for hole diameter.
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