Mastering BLOCKCONVERT: Transforming AutoCAD Dynamic Blocks into BricsCAD Parametric Blocks

January 04, 2024 3 min read

Mastering BLOCKCONVERT: Transforming AutoCAD Dynamic Blocks into BricsCAD Parametric Blocks

Mastering BLOCKCONVERT: Transforming AutoCAD Dynamic Blocks into BricsCAD Parametric Blocks

For professionals accustomed to working with AutoCAD, the transition to BricsCAD can often bring forth challenges, especially when dealing with the conversion of Dynamic Blocks to BricsCAD's Parametric Blocks. AutoCAD's Dynamic Blocks enable a flexible method of creating and managing sets of geometry, allowing for dynamic adjustments through parameters and actions. BricsCAD, while offering read-only compatibility with Dynamic Blocks, necessitates an alternative approach for editing these block definitions.

Bricsys has committed to providing a superior solution for flexible geometry through BricsCAD-native Parametric Blocks. Furthermore, the development of tools to facilitate the conversion of Dynamic Blocks to Parametric Blocks is a testament to this commitment. The latest iteration of such a tool is BLOCKCONVERT, which has significantly improved upon its predecessor, offering support for a wider range of Dynamic Block actions and providing a seamless workflow for users transitioning from AutoCAD to BricsCAD.

When attempting to edit the underlying definition of a Dynamic Block within BricsCAD, users may encounter the inability to directly modify the block. This is where BLOCKCONVERT becomes crucial. Upon triggering the BEDIT command and selecting a Dynamic Block, BricsCAD prompts the user with the option to convert the block using BLOCKCONVERT. The conversion process is straightforward and offers options to convert within the current DWG file and immediately replace existing block references with the new Parametric Block definitions.

Once the conversion is complete, users can engage in parametric operations that BricsCAD natively supports. For example, a user wishing to modify the appearance of a table with rounded corners or to change the color of a chair within a block can do so effortlessly after the conversion. The use of familiar commands like FILLET and ARRAYEDIT, combined with BricsCAD's Parameters Manager Panel, allows users to edit the block's geometry and parameters effectively.

During the editing process within BEDIT mode, users can reconstruct stretch frames, validate stretch behavior, and modify entity colors. The graphical indicators in BricsCAD visually differ from AutoCAD's, signaling the presence of BricsCAD-native parametric operations. These indicators serve as visual cues, guiding users through the modification process of their newly converted Parametric Blocks.

BricsCAD's advancements in parametric operations are exemplified by the ability to add customizable elements to blocks, such as the orientation of a North symbol in a compass block. Utilizing new features like parametric rotate operations and linking multiple operations together, users can create complex behavior in blocks. For instance, a North symbol can move along an arc while maintaining a horizontal position, a result achieved by linking move and rotate operations within BricsCAD's 2D Parametric tools.

The integration of these parametric operations not only facilitates the conversion process but also empowers users to design flexible blocks from scratch, quickly and with ease. By adjusting parameters like 'NRotate' and 'Move', block users can customize block references and define specific orientations or positions that tailor to their project needs.

It is evident that BricsCAD's BLOCKCONVERT tool and the enhanced parametric capabilities are paving the way for a smooth transition for users migrating from AutoCAD's Dynamic Blocks. The intuitive conversion process, combined with robust editing features, ensures that users can leverage their existing block libraries and continue to work efficiently in BricsCAD.

To expand your capabilities even further, BricsCAD is compatible with a vast array of additional software and plugins available at NOVEDGE. From enhancing rendering quality with V-Ray to integrating BIM functionalities with applications like VisualARQ, users have access to tools that complement their design workflow.

In conclusion, mastering BLOCKCONVERT is a significant step in harnessing the full potential of BricsCAD's Parametric Blocks, allowing for a more dynamic and customizable design experience. For more information about the newest and most advanced design software technology, contacting the NOVEDGE sales team is the gateway to a world of innovative solutions that align with every designer's vision.

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