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Let’s move further. You can practice more about drawing MicroStation elements by yourself. I suggest you to explore more MicroStation Drawing tools by yourself. If you have understand how to use MicroStation tools, it should be difficult. And don’t hesitate to discuss or ask a question in comment area.
In this article, we will learn how to use element manipulation in MicroStation.
Copy And Move Element
Moving and copying MicroStation element have the same workflow. We select the elements, define the first point and then define the distance and direction for the duplicate location. If we use copy, then the original elements will remain. But move, the original elements will be deleted.
We can resize elements by using MicroStation scale tool. If we know the scale value, then we can use active scale. But if don’t know the scale value, just the final size, we can use 3 points. We define the scale base point, reference 2nd point to define existing size, and then 3rd point as the expected size.
Be careful with X scale and Y scale in active scale method, or proportional in 3 points method. MicroStation can resize elements to only one axis.
We can rotate MicroStation elements using 3 methods: by active angle, 2 points, and 3 points. Active angle and 3 points are the same with the one we use in MicroStation scale tool. 2 points is almost similar with 3 points, but it will use X positive axis as the 0 degree.
This tool name is already explain what it does: mirror elements. We can mirror element vertically, horizontally, or use a virtual line as a mirror line.
We use MicroStation array tool to copy elements several times at once. We can copy it as a rectangular pattern, polar pattern, or along path.
Align Elements by Edge
MicroStation Align by Edge is used to align elements to another element edge as reference.
This MicroStation tool is used to stretch elements at it’s vertex inside a fence. We can create a fence directly using this tool, but it’s limited to rectangular fence only. If you need complex shaped fence, define a fence first, then use this tool.
This MicroStation tool is used to copy an element parallel to original element. There are 3 modes we can use: miter, round, and original. Round will create rounded edges. Miter will keep the result distance the same, and might try to add more vertex. You can only see the effect for some element types, such as ellipse. Original, will keep the original shape. It might not true parallel with original object.
Move to Contact
Move to contact will move the objects to the defined direction, and stop when find first element as a contact.
We will do some exercise later.