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
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
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 occurs 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. Use the
Flip command to reverse the direction in order to achieve the desired
The XYZ text field can be used to specify an explicit point for the offset curve to
pass through. Alternatively, 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 Snap to Points checkbox and the Advanced frame are
common to many panels and are described in detail on the
Point Placement page in the
GUI section of this User Manual.
Open the Tolerance frame to adjust the Offset Fit Tolerance.
The Tolerance frame is closed by default. Open this frame by clicking on the
checkbox 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. Uncheck the Use Default checkbox to edit the value.