Jump to content

Is it possible to have the same Entity on Multiple Layers?


Recommended Posts

I have tried searching the forums to no avail.


I am not a beginner when it comes to AutoCAD but I am self taught so it's entirely possible there are things I have missed that are basic and obvious to others.


Is it possible to assign an entity or a block to multiple layers?


For example I have a Fire Alarm layer showing smoke detectors and a Fire Alarm Panel but I would also like the Fire Alarm Panel to also show in my Small Power Viewport too.


I don't want to see smoke detectors on my small Power so I can't just make the layer visible to that viewport.


How do you guys handle such a situation?


At present I tend to create a dedicated layer called "Small Power Fire" which is shown on both the Fire Alarm Viewport and the Small Power Viewport but this creates a lot of layers to maintain that contain one or two items.


I realise I could copy the Fire Alarm Panel to the Small Power Layer but I don't like that idea because its means someone has to change two layers when repositioning or altering.


Any suggestions?


The ability to assign an entity or block to multiple layers would be fantastic and I can't believe it's not already an option.


I am running AutoCAD 2008 at present.

Edited by paulwoody
Added AutoCAD Version
Link to comment
Share on other sites

NO, As far to my understanding, you cannot assign an entity to multiple layers...

Or more correctly, you cannot assign multiple layers to the same entity.


Just separate the smoke detectors and the Fire Alarm Panel(s) into different layers. and get used to the layer handling functions...

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Why not:

  • make a block of of the fire alarm panel
  • have main box geometry on the fire layer
  • have an outline of the box geometry on the power layer
  • add any additional data to the respective layers
  • insert the block on layer "0"


Now any type of layer manager should be able to handle it. -David


Edited by David Bethel
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Sorry for the late reply my machine has been out of action for the past couple of weeks.


I am using Layouts and Viewports with VP Freeze for individual viewport layer control.


I appreciate there are many ways around the problem including the use of Blocks with entities on various different layers but I have to make these drawings easy to maintain for not so advanced CAD users so I was just hoping there was something similar to what I described I had missed.


Thanks Again!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Nothing that has been proposed as a solution is that complicated. Sounds like a little training session is in order.



I second the training session... I'm unsure how much more 'basic' you can get then a block (standard, non-dynamic).

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I second the training session... I'm unsure how much more 'basic' you can get then a block (standard, non-dynamic).


Oh trust me, a block can be Very Strange.


Paul, you have your answer already, I just want to chime in and say that I know the frustration in making drawings and utilities dummy-proof, and even a simple block can become a big hurdle if you're not careful.


I would do what you do really, have different layers for eveything. It makes a large layerlist but as previously stated, you can have (pretty much) as big a layer-list as you want. And with logically named layers, it is not so much a hassle. There is also a search-box in the Layer Manager where you can use wildcards (*) to find groups of layers.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Just my 2 cents:


When making the block if you draw your entities on Layer '0' and then block it the colors of your block will change to the layer you decide to put the block on to. Very handy!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Unfortunately, your content contains terms that we do not allow. Please edit your content to remove the highlighted words below.
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Restore formatting

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Create New...