DraftSight: The Scoop on Block Attribute Pt. 2

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Picking up where we left off last blog, this post will be covering how to attach your Block Attributes to Block entities. In doing so, DraftSight allows you to clearly include crucial information (like manufacturers, sizes, styles, etc.) to objects in your designs – in an organized and sleek way.

Once you’ve created and placed your Block Attributes in the drawing window, it’s time to connect them to a block entity. Simply locate and select the Define Block icon in the Block Definition section of the Insert tab in the ribbon. Then, a Block Definition window will appear containing block creation settings for you to customize.

You’ll fill out the prompted information just like you would any other block. However, when you reach the step of selecting the entities for your block, (by clicking the Select in graphics area icon) you’ll select your Block Attributes, along with the block entity they describe.

Then press OK, and an Edit Block Attribute Values window will pop up double checking that your block attribute information is correct for that particular block. Once you’re satisfied with your labelling, press OK again, and voila – your attributed block will appear!

Keep in mind that every time you insert another version of your block, DraftSight will give you the option to change its attributed values. Likewise, this is where the order in which you select your Block Attributes matters when creating your blocks, because the first attribute you select will be the first value you’ll have the option to revise.

I hope this post encourages you to experiment with adding detail to your DraftSight drawings with Block Attributes!

Check out the video below to see them at work! Skip to 0:35 to view their attachment to a block entity.

 

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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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