Description

The Offset command requires selection of a single database curve or boundary. This command creates a database curve which is offset from the original curve or boundary in the current construction plane or the current drawing plane parallel to the Display window view plane.

 

Tip: When creating offset database curves, you can use the Apply command to save an offset and immediately enter a new Offset Distance to create as many additional offsets of the originally selected curve as desired.

Select the database curve or boundary to be offset, then Create, Offset. Type an offset distance in the Offset Distance text field. Hit Enter to view the pending new offset curve rendered in yellow. Click OK to save the curve and close the panel.

Offset
Use the Offset command to create a new database curve which is offset continuously from an existing database curve.

There are a number of commands available on the Offset panel which are described here in detail. In the majority of cases users will enter an exact Offset Distance in the provided text field. Note that the offset will occur in the current construction plane or the current drawing plane parallel to the Display window view plane.

There are always two possible directions in which an offset can occur. Therefore, the Flip command is provided to reverse the direction if necessary to achieve the desired result.

The Offset Point Placement frame is provided for those cases where you wish to enter an explicit point for the offset curve to pass through. Or you can left-click in the Display window to place a point for the offset curve to pass through. The point’s coordinates will appear in the XYZ text field. Note that the Offset Point Placement frame is a clone of the standard Point Placement set of tools described in more detail in the GUI section of this document.

Offset Tolerance
Open the Tolerance frame to adjust the Offset Fit Tolerance.

The Tolerance frame is closed by default. Open this frame by clicking on the check box next to the title. Here you can adjust the Fit Tolerance used by the Offset command for those cases where the default tolerance does not produce a pending offset curve. In order to adjust the Fit Tolerance to a custom value, you must first uncheck the Use Default check box. Then simply type a new tolerance value into the Fit Tolerance text field.