DraftSight: The Final Constraints

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The DraftSight Constraints blogs are finally coming to an end, and I’ve saved some of the best for last!

As a recap, the last couple of posts emphasized the benefits of using Constraints to produce fixed relationships between your entities and points – making drawing more efficient and accurate. We’ve covered multiple Constraint Icons, including Parallel, Tangent, Perpendicular, Coincident and many more.

This blog will be focusing on the Smooth, Vertical, Horizontal, Lock, and Hide Icon options for Constraints.

DraftSight‘s Smooth feature installs a relationship between splines and another entity, so that they smoothly connect at the point of your choice. It’s conducted by selected the icon, specifying an endpoint on your spline, and then selecting the point on your entity that you want to be fluently combined with your spline.

The Vertical, Horizontal and Lock features do exactly what their names suggest – they make any entity fixed in a vertical or horizontal position, or in their current position. All of these operations are activated by clicking on their icons and pressing the entities in revision.

Keep in mind that when you add Constraints to your designs, they’re markers are always visible in the drawing window by default. Luckily, DraftSight has three features that allow you to customize which constraints are shown.

More specifically, the Hide All and Show All icons will make your constraints disappear and reappear with just one click. Likewise, the Constraint Icon Control gives you the option to make some constraints visible, and others hidden.

I find these features especially convenient when including multiple constraints, because having their markers ever-present can add unnecessary clutter or get in the way of other operations.

I hope this blog encourages you to add more Constraints to your daily DraftSight use!

Check out the video below to see these features in action!

(0:00 Horizontal, 0:03 Vertical, 0:05 Smooth, 0:10 Hide All, 0:13 Show All, 0:15 Constraint Control, 0:24 Lock)


2D Constraints features are only available in DraftSight Premium and DraftSight Enterprise Plus – learn more at DraftSight.com!

Rachael Crunkleton
I’m a first time CAD user with an interest in architectural design. I discovered CAD through my background in presenting applications and studying new types of software. With the help of DraftSight, I’m developing my drawing abilities and sharing my progress along the way.
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