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Michael BeallMichael's Corner is a monthly publication written by Michael E. Beall, Autodesk Authorized Author and peripatetic AutoCAD trainer. Michael travels all over the USA, bringing his fantastic experience and great understanding of AutoCAD to his clients. Michael's Corner brings together many of the tips, tricks and methods developed during these training sessions for the benefit of all users.

Michael's Corner provides something for every AutoCAD user. Every month, a number of articles cover a wide range of topics, suitable for users at all levels, including "The Basics" for those just starting out. Essentially, the aim of Michael's Corner is to help all AutoCAD users work smarter and faster.

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This month…

June - Summer Simplicity

It seems like summer just kind of crept up on us and I can't believe we're nearly halfway through the year already! I'm still investigating AutoCAD 2015 and will present additional content in the months ahead, but this month I simply wanted to show you a few things I encountered in my training sessions recently.

…A very simple but effective method of creating a Solid with the Sweep command
…The new feature in A2015 that conforms to the simple motion of dragging to select objects
…Variables that will make life much simpler if you are aware of what they can do
…An object snap that makes snapping to the insertion point of a block quite simple

Needless to say, the point of summer is to hopefully find time to enjoy the simple things… in AutoCAD.

Safe travels!

This month's articles

Sweeping a 3D Shape around a Pline
AutoCAD 2015 ‘Lasso’
“Buriables” (Buried Variables)
Use the INSERT Osnap on Blocks

From the Vault

Originally published August 2004

UCS Icon and Its Properties

One of the first things to remember is that the only setting for the UCS icon that is constant across all drawings are those that are set in the UCS Icon dialog box which is accessed via the Properties option. All other options are per drawing. In the UCS Icon dialog box you can specify the icon graphic, its width size and color. You also have an option for the color in Model and Paper space.

[ON/OFF/Noorigin/ORigin/Properties]

Other things to consider with the UCS icon:

  1. To force the UCS icon down into the lower left corner, use the Noorigin option.
  2. If you don't work in a vacuum, remember that any drawing you open, whether it originates from within your company or not, may have a unique UCS position.
  3. When you reposition the UCS Origin (as in Step 3 of the lead article this month), remember that the icon will not anchor to the origin unless the UCSICON option of ORigin has been specified. (Or set via the lengthy process from the View menu).

Note: If the UCS icon does not anchor to the UCS origin, it is probably because the graphic of the icon itself cannot be completely displayed based upon the position of the UCS origin within the display. Pan your drawing and the icon will probably re-appear on the Origin.

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