MInsert and other things about blocks
MInsert command Inserts multiple instances of a block in a rectangular array. It is a very powerful command allowing quick modification of several objects (blocks) combined in array.
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MInsert is kind of dynamic blocks' predecessor, available in AutoCAD versions prior to AutoCAD2006. Any time the number of rows and columns, distances and rotation angle can be (dynamically) changed using Properties palette.
This command may be used for adding holes and bolts; regularly spaced grid lines and columns on plan, rails pickets, R.C.bars etc. The only disadvantage of this command: Blocks inserted using MINSERT cannot be exploded without using special programming (you can find AutoLISP solutions on the Internet).
Often new block is created from existing block. Normal procedure: explode inserted block, perform block (or –block) command, assign name of block, select objects and specify ins. Point. Not always safe way: you may miss to select some objects; important for blocks with attributes sequence of selected attributes can be disturbed and insertion point at wrong location.
EXPLODE NOT EXPLODED
You may read in command prompt after trying to explode selected block
Command: x EXPLODE 1 found
1 could not be exploded
Yes, you can [explode any block]:
Change Base Point on the fly
Not well known option of Insert command: Basepoint helps to quickly select appropriate base point.
How it works:
How it works:
Bad practices with blocks
Feet (Units to scale inserted contents) - No! Inches – Yes!
Good Block commands to remember
Alex Borodulin 03/16/10