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    Default What is the best way to create a detail view with AutoCAD

    I am trying to determine the best way to create a detail view with AutoCAD. I know mechanical has AMDetail which works pretty good and I know AutoCAD has a detail view feature but you need to use a section view which I do not think I want to use.

    I have made a script which semi-automates creating the detail views but I am wondering if there is a better way. Suggestions are welcome.

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    Default Re: What is the best way to create a detail view with AutoCAD

    Have you tried viewbase

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    Default Re: What is the best way to create a detail view with AutoCAD

    Yes I have used viewbase in other scenarios before but you can only create a detail view on a section. Also viewbase does not work very well with custom entities.

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    Default Re: What is the best way to create a detail view with AutoCAD

    I thought I would share the macro I created to semi-automate the process. It requires Express Tools which is an option during installation of any of the AutoCAD verticals.

    Macro:
    ^C^C_PS;_circle;\\_Copy;l;;0,0;0,0;_Scale;l;;\5;_mview;o;l;_VPSYNC;\l;_MS;_Zoom;s;5x;_PS;_Move;\\

    Workflow
    1. Run the new command
    2. Select the center of the object you want to detail
    3. Pick the radius of the detail source view
    I used a circle as my detail window but you could use any other shape
    4. Pick the same point as in step 2.
    Yes this is a little like a recipe
    5. Select the viewport which the main item you are detailing is contained in
    This is where I use the AutoCAD express command VPSYNC
    6. Select the detail view which was created
    I created the detailed view to be 5x the original view. This can easily be changed
    7. Press enter
    8. Select where you want the detail view to be moved to

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