The LINE command and the PLINE command in AutoCAD are used exactly with the same steps. Consequently, it is hard for a CAD beginner to fully grasp the need to ever use one to the detriment of the other.
In this post, we will look into a very basic example where the use of the PLINE is preferable, all this for the simple reason that you need to start using commands taking into account the final aspect of the project you are working on and using the shortest way as often as possible.
Let’s use the following image, the initial object being on the left and the final object being on the right.
As you can see, we need to OFFSET the outer object with a specific length to get the inner object.
Polyline vs Line
Using the LINE command
If you are using the LINE command, the first step will be to get the following object created.
Then you will need to OFFSET each side of the object, which will give you the following
And lastly, you will have to TRIM unwanted ends to end up with the final product.
Using the PLINE command
Using the PLINE command will take you the same time and effort as it did using the LINE command to create the following
And the simple action to take next is to use the OFFSET command
And the Good part about this is that you will use the OFFSET command only once to created the inner image.
The second method is way quicker than the first method. Here is one of the few AutoCAD tips you will want to make use of frequently to train this habit.