Subject: Making parallel copies



You can use the offset feature to copy selected entities and align them parallel to the original entities at a specified distance. You can make parallel, offset entities using arcs, circles, ellipses, elliptical arcs, lines, two-dimensional polylines, rays, and infi­nite lines.    

Making parallel, offset copies of curved entities creates larger or smaller curves, depending on which side of the original entity you place the copy. For example, plac­ing a parallel copy of a circle outside the circle creates a larger concentric circle; posi­tioning the copy inside the circle creates a smaller concentric circle.

To make a parallel copy by specifying the distance

   1   Do one of the following to choose Offset ():

   On the ribbon, choose Edit > Offset (in Modify).

   On the menu, choose Modify > Basic Editing > Offset.

   On the Modify toolbar, click the Offset tool.

   Type offset and then press Enter.

   2   Specify the distance by selecting two points or by entering a distance.

   3   Select the entity to copy.

   4   Specify on which side of the entity to place the parallel copy.

   5   Select another entity to copy, or press Enter to complete the command.

 

To make a parallel copy, specify the distance between copies by entering a distance or selecting two points (A and B), select the entity to copy (C), and specify on which side to place the copy (D).

 

Result.

To make a parallel copy passing through a point

   1   Do one of the following to choose Offset ():     

   On the ribbon, choose Edit > Offset (in Modify).

   On the menu, choose Modify > Basic Editing > Offset.

   On the Modify toolbar, click the Offset tool.

   Type offset and then press Enter.

   2   In the prompt box, choose Through Point.

   3   Select the entity to copy.

   4   Specify the point for the entity to pass through.

   5   Repeat steps 3 and 4, or press Enter to complete the command.

 

To make a parallel copy passing through a point, select the entity to copy (A) and then specify the through point (B).

 

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