Subject: Drawing a beam

Beams are architectural elements placed between columns, walls and other beams.

After you draw a beam, you can modify it as you would other entities using modify entity commands. For example, beams can be easily moved and resized relative to a wall. You can also use the Properties pane to change the thickness, style, etc. And when you select a beam, grips display allowing you to resize and reorient the beam in real-time.

To draw a beam

   1   Type beam and then press Enter.

   2   Specify the start point.

   3   Specify the end point.

   4   After specifying the last endpoint, press Enter.

You can also set custom options for beams.
At the prompt, choose Style to specify a beam style, Start Offset or End Offset to enter the distance that you want the beam segment to offset from the start or end point, Jus­tify to specify the beam position relative to the baseline, or Roll to rotate the beam segment around the baseline.

To create a beam using an existing entity as the beam path

   1   Type beam and then press Enter.

   2   Choose Convert.

   3   Select the lines, arcs, or polylines to convert to beam paths, then press Enter.

   4   If you selected a polyline to convert, choose Yes to create a separate beam for each polyline segment, or choose No to convert the selected polyline to a single beam.

   5   Choose Yes to delete the selected entities or No to retain the selected entities.

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