Have You Tried: Associated Dimensions in AutoCAD

Associated Dimensions in AutoCAD Feature

For the latest in our Have You Tried series, we’re going to look at associated dimensions in AutoCAD. Having dimensions associated to the geometry they measure can help keep the dimensions updated when the design changes. 

Dimensions that update are linked or associated with the geometry they measure. That’s called dimension associativity. Dimensions can be associative or non-associative depending on how they are created. They can also become disassociated if the associated geometry is deleted or exploded.

Associated dimensions in AutoCAD

In this new Have You Tried, we’ll go over how to:

  • Monitor dimension associativity
  • Control whether new dimensions are associative
  • Work with disassociated dimensions
  • Associate or reassociate dimensions
  • Disassociate a dimension

Learn how to work with associative dimensions with the step-by-step examples in the Have You Tried: Associative Dimensions topic.

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Lee Ambrosius

Lee Ambrosius is a Principal Learning Content Developer at Autodesk, Inc., for the AutoCAD software and AutoCAD LT software products. He works primarily on the CAD administration, customization, and developer documentation. Lee has also worked on the user documentation for AutoCAD on Windows and Mac. He has presented on a wide range of topics at Autodesk University over the past 10 years, from general AutoCAD customization to ObjectARX technology. Lee has authored a number of AutoCAD-related books, with his most recent projects being AutoCAD Platform Customization: User Interface, AutoLISP, VBA, and Beyond and AutoCAD 2015 and AutoCAD LT 2015 Bible. When he’s not writing, you can find him roaming various community forums, posting articles on his blog, or tweeting AutoCAD-related information.

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