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AutoCAD Platform Customization: User Interface, AutoLISP, VBA, and Beyond by Lee Ambrosius

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Working with Blocks and External References

Most designs created with the AutoCAD® program start off with simple geometric objects, such as lines, circles, and arcs. The geometric objects are used to represent holes, bolts, motors, and even the outside of a building. As a design grows in complexity, elements often are repeated many times. For example, you might use several lines and circles to represent a bolt head or a desk with a grommet.

AutoCAD allows you to reuse geometry by creating what is known as a block. A block is a named grouping of objects that can be inserted in a drawing multiple times. Each insertion creates a block reference

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