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Michael’s Corner - August/September 2015

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Welcome to a rather later than expected August/September edition of Michael's Corner. As is usual this time of year holidays and vacations tend to disrupt the usual flow of events. I hope you had a great break or are looking forward to the same. All I have to do now is sort through the hundreds of photos… or maybe I should just buy a new SD card.

Anyway, back to work, and this month's Corner includes the usual rich mix of smart tricks and efficiency savings. Want to speed up AutoCAD startup? We've got that covered. Want to learn all about AutoCAD 2016's new system variable monitor? We've got that covered too. In fact, if you look back through the archives at Michael's Corner, there's very little that hasn't been covered over the years. So if you do have an idle moment (I know!), do yourself a favour and browse through the last 12 years of this fantastic resource.

We'll be back with another Corner at the beginning of October. Until then, have a super-productive time at work and make sure you take that break you deserve (if you haven't already had one). Oh, and if you're a college or university student, listen carefully to your tutors and work hard, it pays off in the end!

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Using Imprint to sub-divide faces

Imprint in actionThe Imprint command (ModifySolid EditingImprint Edges) gives the first impression of nothing more than adding graffiti to solids. Upon closer investigation, however, we find that it actually modifies the face on which it is placed, effectively sub-dividing it. Sub-divided faces can then be extruded using the Extrude faces command (ModifySolid EditingExtrude faces).

  1. Create a box.
  2. Draw a line on one of the faces.
  3. Imprint that line on the solid.
  4. Use Extrude faces to extrude the sub-divided face.

To generate this modified part with Boolean operations would not be difficult but, as we all know, speed and accuracy are the name of the game. The procedure describe above can be auto-executed with the command macro:


The UI could benefit from some advanced programming, but if one pays attention to the Command Prompts, it's not so bad.

Note: This tip relates to versions of AutoCAD before 2007. Although the technique works with 2007 and above, the same operation can be achieved more easily using the Presspull tool.

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