Introduction to AutoCAD Stretch
AutoCAD is computer-aided design software which is used by the graphics professional for making 2d drawing and 3d models of different type of architectural, mechanical, and some other works. Auto CAD has a bunch of commands for making its work easy. Stretch is one of those commands. We can use Stretch command for stretching any particular section of any 2d shape of drawing in Auto CAD software. Here in this article, we will understand Stretch’s command through a 2d shape of this software and we will also understand the technique of using this command so that there will be no problem occurs for us during our working in this software. So let us start our discussion.
How to use Stretch in AutoCAD?
We can use the Stretch command in this software making our work easy and also for saving our time of working. We will understand it through a few steps of learning but before this let us have a look at the user interface of this software for our better understanding of this topic throughout this article.
Step 1: At the top of this software there are some tabs which have a different type of command and handling parameters for managing and making drawing in AutoCAD software, below this, there is working windows in which we can see our drawn object, at the right side of this window we have a direction indicator cum viewport cube through which you can manage views of your drawing these views may be a top view, front view, left view, below this window at the bottom of this software we have some navigation tab for handling the working window of this software.
Step 2: Let us have a Rectangle command for our learning. For rectangle command, go to commands of the Draw menu of Home tab and click on the Rectangle command icon with a mouse button.
Step 3: Now draw a rectangle by specifying first point and dragging it to your desired length with the mouse cursor or you can enter your desired value in value enter box with the help of keyboard buttons then press Enter button of the keyboard for applying the parameters of this rectangle shape.
Step 4: Now let us move to Stretch command of this software. You can take it from the Modify menu of the Home tab by click on the icon of stretch command.
Step 5: Or you can simply press the ‘S’ button from keyboard then press Enter for having activated Stretch command.
Step 6: Or you can type ‘STR’ from the keyboard and choose Stretch command from the opened drop-down list of commands.
Step 7: Now this command will ask you to select an object, so select an object by click on that object with a square shape mouse cursor.
Step 8: Now it will ask you to specify the point around which you want to stretch. Choose that point, this point may be inside the object or outside the object according to your choice.
Step 9: Now when you stretch your object it will not stretch, it will move only like this because the selection of object with the stretch command is something different from other commands. So it is necessary that you should know the proper technique of selecting an object for using the stretch command on any object. So let us discuss that technique.
Step 10: Take Stretch command by pressing the ‘S’ button of the keyboard then press the ‘Enter’ button of the keyboard. Now use a square selection box for selecting that section of the object which you want to stretch with Stretch command. Make sure you drag the selection square box from bottom to top direction like this. Now press the ‘Enter’ button from the keyboard after selecting an object.
Step 11: Now specify the point around which you want to stretch the section of your object. You can choose any point inside or outside of the object or give any value for that point through keyboard entry.
Step 12: Now drag the sections in which direction you want to stretch it. You can stretch it in the outward direction of a selected object like this.
Step 13: Or inward directions of a selected object like this by dragging the mouse cursor in that direction.
Step 14: You can also stretch this particular section at any particular angle like this or you can enter the value of that angle through keyboard entry in which you want to incline it.
Step 15: Now let us see ‘can we use the stretch command on the circle?’ For this let us take a Circle command from the commands list of Draw menu of Home tab of this software by clicking on the icon of circle command.
Step 16: Now draw a circle like this of any radius.
Step 17: Now again take Stretch command from modifying the menu of Home tab or press the ‘S’ button then Enter button from keyboard.
Step 18: Now select this circle with this stretch command by using a square selection box and press the Enter button from the keyboard.
Step 19: Now specify the point around which you want to stretch this circle. You can take any point or input value of that point through keyboard entry inside or outside this circle.
Step 20: Now when you move the mouse cursor for stretching this circle then it will only move like this. So this command will not work on the circle shape.
Step 21: You can stretch only the same section of any 2d shape. For stretching only the same section, again take stretch command by pressing the ‘S’ and Enter button of the keyboard then select that section which you want to stretch by square selection box like this and press Enter button from keyboard.
Step 22: Now drag mouse cursor in which direction you want to stretch it like this.
Conclusion – AutoCAD Stretch
In this way, you can use the Stretch command in AutoCAD software and make a professional drawing by using it. You can also save your time with this exciting command of Auto CAD. Now after this article you can understand ‘what is Stretch command in the context of AutoCAD software?’ and ‘how you can use it for editing any 2d shape design?’ You can have a good command of the Stretch feature of AutoCAD software once you start practicing with this command on the drawing project of AutoCAD Software.
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