AutoCAD dynamic block tutorial series

Dynamic block was first introduced in AutoCAD 2006. We cover this topic in several articles. They are published a few years ago, but still relevant to current version of AutoCAD.

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If you want to learn dynamic block, then this tutorial series will help you.

1. Create a wall

This is the first post of the dynamic block tutorial series. We introduce you how you can add a parameter and link an action to it. The sample used in this post is only a simple brick wall. It allows you to use it to draw straight walls without having to draw several parallel lines and hatches.


Read how you can create a wall dynamic block here.

2. Create a column

In this next tutorial, we create a rectangular concrete column. You will add two parameters and two actions. Furthermore, we cover about parameter properties. You will learn to control the stretch size and make it stretch to both direction.


Learn how to create a column dynamic block here.

3. Create a door

In this tutorial, we cover more. This time you create a door. Then add a parameter then link 3 actions to that parameter. To add more fun to this, we use a little magic that can help you to ‘trim’ wall when you place the door.


Learn how you can create a door dynamic block here.

4. Add more action to door

In this tutorial, we add more action to the door. We add a flip action to allow you flip the door opening. We also add an alignment parameter to allow your door to align automatically.


Learn about flip parameter and alignment parameters here.

5. Using visibility states

Visibility states is the simplest way to make a dynamic block. However, it is very useful if you want to show objects in different ways or different variations.


Learn how you can control objects’ visibility in dynamic block here.

6. Using geometric and dimensional parameters

When dynamic block was first introduced in AutoCAD, AutoCAD didn’t have parametric features. Now that AutoCAD has it, you can also use it in dynamic block. It works differently with dynamic block action. However, it allows you to control dynamic block by the object size, not by action.


Go to this tutorial if you want to learn how to create dynamic block using parameters.

7. Using fields in dynamic block

This is an example of using dynamic block and other features. We use a symbol and a field to automatically show coordinate of that particular point.


See how you can create an automatic coordinate label using dynamic block here.

Learn from our AutoCAD block best practices e-book

If you are interested to learn more about AutoCAD blocks (not only dynamic block) you might want to check our e-book: AutoCAD block best practices.

This e-book covers thoroughly about AutoCAD blocks. From basic to advanced tutorial. You can learn how to create block, how to use attributes, fields, extract data to make reports, and more.

Check this page if you are interested to purchase the e-book.

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  1. Ashley Saunby says

    Hi, I like your tutorial on the dynamic door but there is one thing I cannot get to work. When you stretch the door, there is a little window that shows the door width as you stretch it. How do I make this visible?