When it comes to AutoCAD, there is no doubt that it is a very handy tool for the modern architect and engineer. The range of features it offers is superb for enhancing workflow within your organisation and helping to produce stunning drawings. Across the engineering sector though, AutoCAD has seen some bad practices creep in that could affect the efficiency and effectiveness of its use.
If your team or organisation uses AutoCAD on projects, then it is wise to make sure that none of the below mistakes is being made in its use. Technology should be all about streamlining your company’s workflow for better results – this can only happen when it is used properly.
Here are 4 of the most commonly seen AutoCAD mistakes for your team of engineers to avoid.
1. Defpoint layering blunders
When it comes to producing professional architectural drawings, layers are a great application within AutoCAD to use. They can really help turn an existing drawing or sketch into a stunning computer schematic. However, it is something that must be used correctly.
One very common mistake that even experienced users make is to place an object on a Defpoint layer. It can seem a good solution to place objects in a drawing that you don’t want to plot but it should be avoided ideally. The issue is that it can lead to changes in the drawing that you don’t want, such as an Audit Bad Layer. Instead, it is better to create new layers with their plots off and then put the objects you want to be hidden on that layer.
2. Drawing all of your objects on the 0 layer
Another layering mistake that you need to avoid in your AutoCAD schematics is this one. In simple terms, it is simply lazy or bad practice that engineers should not be making once they have been using AutoCAD for a while. There is simply no need to make all objects on layer 0 as AutoCAD gives a very powerful way to use layers in the drawing to sort different elements. This feature also will help with the control of properties of multiple objects within your drawing too by changing the properties of the relevant layer itself.
3. Taking data from different drawings
When it comes to architectural drawings in construction, accuracy is key. One mistake that some make with AutoCAD is to take data from different versions of a drawing to copy or paste into the current one. The issue here is that redundant data could then be created in the latest drawing and add superfluous DGN data types. This kind of data type is very hard to delete and can cause serious problems for the whole drawing.
4. Keeping snap modes on
One common mistake seen when it comes to AutoCAD is keeping snap mode on for all objects. Although this can seem handy, it will actually cause problems in the long-term. The issue is that it can cause your drawing to snap to the wrong points which are then crowded together in a way that will not be recognised as separate. It is best to keep snap points on only for the objects that need it.
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