DraftSight: Split this, Weld that

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Now that I’ve started drawing more detailed architectural designs, I’ve found myself running into the problem of wanting to Trim or cut segments that have no crossing lines or edges. Likewise, occasionally I’ll draw two segments that I later on realize I want to be connected to be part of the same object.

Thankfully, with DraftSight’s intuitive format, it didn’t take me long to discover the Split and Weld icons in the modify section of the ribbon. They do exactly what their names suggest, allowing for quick and convenient alterations to your entities – at any point in your drafting process.

There are two drawing options for cutting segments in DraftSight, Split and Split at point.

Split works similarly to Trim, but rather than trimming crossing lines, it makes gaps in single entities. After the icon is selected, DraftSight will prompt you to specify the entity you want to alter. You’ll then specify where you want the Split to start and end, by selecting two points – and voila!

Pro tip: when you first select the entity you want to Split, DraftSight will detect that point as your first split point, and immediately prompt you to select the second point. If you want to change your first point, simply type “F” into the command window and you’ll be instructed to reselect its location.

Split at point and Weld do exactly what you would expect them to – one splits your entities at a point of your choice and other welds entities together.

For Split at point, simply click on its icon, select the entity in revision, and specify the splitting point. For Weld, select the icon, specify two collinear segments, and press enter.

I hope this post encourages you Split and Weld your DraftSight Designs!

(0:00 Split, 0:08 Split at point, 0:18 Weld)

 

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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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