Have You Tried: Associative Arrays in AutoCAD

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Many mechanical, architectural, and civil engineering designs contain symmetrical or repeatable patterns. Repeatable patterns, also known as arrays, can be created using the ARRAY command. The ARRAY command was updated back in the AutoCAD 2013 release to support associative arrays.

Associative Arrays in AutoCAD

Associative arrays make it easy to create rectangular and polar patterns along with distributing items along a 2D path.

Once an associative array has been created, you can:

  • Replace all instances of the original object
  • Replace or edit individual objects in an array
  • Update the number of and distance between items in an array

Have You Tried: Associative Arrays in AutoCAD

You can learn about the benefits of using associative arrays by viewing the video and following the step-by-step examples in the HaveYouTried:AssociativeArrays 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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