AutoCAD tutorial 14: Explode and Erase in AutoCAD

Erasing is what we should have learned on AutoCAD tutorial 00, but I guessed you used previously earned computer skill to master it.

Right now, we are making a short break,  and perhaps reminding you ways to use the ERASE command and the EXPLODE command in AutoCAD.



The Explode command allows to break an object into its component objects. Sometime in AutoCAD you have a group of objects all locked in a single object. We can use the same analogy to say that a rectangle will be formed by 4 lines.

If you use the command line RECTANG to draw a rectangle, you will notice you can not select a line of the rectangle without selecting the whole rectangle. We will in this case say that the rectangle is formed by its 4 lines. If you wish to break the rectangle into 4 lines in a way to allow you to use each line individually, you will need to use the EXPLODE command.

This command can also be used after creating an ARRAY that have Associative elements. To be able to remove the associative feature of the array, the EXPLODE command can be used.

Erase in AutoCAD


Erase is the command that allows you to erase objects in AutoCAD. But this command erases the whole object, not part of it.

To Erase an object in AutoCAD

  1. Select the object to erase
  2. Click on the ERASE icon (shown on the image above)

An alternative way to use this command is the following

  1. Select the object to erase
  2. Hit the DEL key of your keyboard

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