Using Isometric Snap in AutoCAD

By Michelle Ecker on October 24th, 2016

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Using Isometric Snap in AutoCAD

If you’re working in AutoCAD, you should know that the program provides you with isometric snap, grid and ortho. These are tools you can use to support you in your isometric drawings, and they’re helpful ones to master.

If you set the snap style to isometric, the cursor will automatically change so that the horizontal line switches to a 30 degree angle.

If you turn on ortho, the lines you draw will be automatically forced to the correct angles.

If you ever want to switch the cursor between either side of the object you’re drawing, simply press your key and then click the letter ‘e’ on your keyboard. When you do this, the cursor will then switch between either side to align with the proper angles needed to draw an isometric.

If you’re in isometric view but you are trying to represent circles, you need to use the ELLIPSE command. By doing this, you can create an elongated circle, and it will appear to be aligned with all the other objects in a given drawing.

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