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Question: Automating Layer Creation/Properties


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Hello All,

 

I work with projects that require several layers. I was wondering if anyone knows of a way to automatically create x number of layers with names like "name_1," "name_2," "name_..." "name_n-1," "name_n" without having to manually input each layer's name. Furthermore, I need each layer to have a different color. Again, is there a way to assign different colors automatically without having to go in and do it manually layer by layer?

 

You all have been very helpful so far and I appreciate the time you take to help me become a better CADer.

 

Best Regards,

Beef

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For new drawings, you could create the Layers and assign the Colors in a Template file (.dwt) Any drawing started using that template will already have the Layers set up (same goes for Dimension styles, Text Styles, Linetypes, etc )

 

For existing drawings, insert the template (mentioned above) into the existing drawing and all the layers will be imported. (note: if the existing drawing already has a Layer, Style, Linetype, etc with the same name, the existing Layer, Style, Linetype will NOT be overwritten)

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Here's a Youtube video that demonstrates several methods of importing layers from existing drawings/templates. The INSERT method is covered from 4:00 to 5:15, but you may find some of the other techniques better suited to your needs.

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The other simple way is to use a script just save this modify as required, you can have way to many layers then do a individual purge to remove unwanted after using, you can re run the script as many time as you like to re add.

 

-purge la Name_* N

 

-Layer
N name_1 C name_1 1 Lt name_1 dashed 
N name_2 C name_2 2 Lt name_2 continuous 
N name_3 C name_3 3 Lt name_3 dashed2 
N name_4 C name_4 1  Lt name_4 centre 

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  • 3 weeks later...
Here's a Youtube video that demonstrates several methods of importing layers from existing drawings/templates. The INSERT method is covered from 4:00 to 5:15, but you may find some of the other techniques better suited to your needs.

 

Thank you, nestly. Unfortunately I can't view Youtube right now, but I will definitely give this a look when I get home. I appreciate your response.

 

Beef

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Ah. I know what you're showing me. Yes, I've already figured out how to do that. I'm looking for something more like a script, which I've learned more about since posting originally. I think I have my answer. Thanks anyway.

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