It is a good time to learn how to use the ARRAYRECT, ARRAYPOLAR and ARRAYPATH command in AutoCAD. These commands will help you create objects, and create a sort of network made by copies of the original object arranged into a combination.
The ARRAYRECT will help distribute identical objects in rows and column, The ARRAYPOLAR will help distribute objects in a circular pattern around a center point and the ARRAYPATH will help distribute objects along a path.
You can find all these commands under the Modify section of the ribbon Panel.
Arrays in AutoCAD
The Polar Array is the most used of these and the command corresponding to it is ARRAYPOLAR (If you type ARRAYPOLAR and hit ENTER it will activate this command)
How would this help you?
This command will help you get the following done.
Notice how nicely, we copied the reference object and displaced copies around the circle, this is what the Polar array will help you do.
We got the Fig 2 and Fig 3 from Fig 1.
How do you use the ARRAYPOLAR?
Before the use of this command, you will need you reference object, it could be anything.
To use the Polar Array command
- Click on its icon (Shown above) or type ARRAYPOLAR and hit Enter
- Select the reference object(s) and hit Enter
- Specify the center point of the array
You will then have access to the following tools
Where the most interesting for now are the following.
As you can see on the image of the polar array we created above, we have 6 elements. You can Enter the number of items you need in the provided box shown on the image below.
The maximum fill angle is 360. You can decide to rotate items on the circle or not to rotate them. (Fig 2 shows rotated items and Fig 3 shows item not rotated), The Direction features helps you rotate items clockwise of counterclockwise, this makes more sense when the fill angle is less than 360 degrees. The Associative feature unites all items in one block.
The following image shows a polar array with 6 items bull fill on 180 degrees.
The Path Array corresponds to the command line ARRAYPATH.
It works just like the polar Array but will distribute objects along a path like on the image below.
Last but not the least, the rectangular array will help place objects in rows and columns like shown below.
These commands are important and need to be mastered. You will have to play with their respective features to see how high or low their potential are.