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Blocks not "blocking"


In the past I've been able to create a block, selecting the parts to include and
end up with a "block", so that when I select it the whole block is selected. Recently
when I try to create a block I go through the same process, the program thinks that
I've made a block but it remains "unblocked".
I know I'm missing something simple here. Thanks!
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Re: Blocks not "blocking"

Can you post a file with simple geometry that you are trying to block along
with your exact steps. I'll take a look.
Regards,
Rick B.

Test file


Thanks for the quick response Ricky,
OK here's a test file. I simply opened a new page, drew a circle, connected a few
lines inside, then clicked block. Then selected all the elements, placed the origin
at the upper node of the circle, named it and clicked accept.
This is how I've done it in the past, and never had a problem. However now, it seems
to remain as individual elements.
While I've got your attention, is there a way to unblock a block and then re-block
easily? When I've tried before (when it worked!) it seems there's a ghost block
remaining as I've had to rename the re-blocked part.
I'm sure you can tell that I'm not an experienced CAD man (thought I usually manage
alright!).
Thanks!
"J.F." wrote:
>
>In the past I've been able to create a block, selecting the parts to include
>and
>end up with a "block", so that when I select it the whole block is selected.
>Recently
>when I try to create a block I go through the same process, the program thinks
>that
>I've made a block but it remains "unblocked".
>
>I know I'm missing something simple here. Thanks!

Re: Test file

I am able to create a new block with no problems.
I believe there is some misunderstanding as to what unblock does. Multiple
graphic occurrences of the same block can be placed in the file.
Unblock only drops one graphic occurrence of the block. It does not remove
the block from the file. There will still be a block in the file available
to be placed again. You must delete the block for it to be removed from the
file.
Look at the attached image. Click on the Library tab in EdgeBar with your
file open. Make sure that ShowBlocks button is down.
You will see "test" under 'ActiveDocument'. This is the block you created
and it is still in the file. When you unblocked the graphic occurrence off
'test', all you did wass to drop the graphic 'test' to the original
elements. The block 'test' still exists in the file. you can drag and drop
it into the display window to place it again. You must select 'test' on the
EdgeBar and press the Delete key to actually delete the block. This will
also delete any graphic occurences.
Regards,
Rick B.


Re: Test file


Thanks a lot Rick, that works just fine!
What confused me is I've never accessed the Library before; once I created a block
out of elements those elements behaved as a block right away. Now they don't (for
what reason I can only guess- maybe I changed a preference?).
Now that I know about the Library things are going to be much smoother.
Thanks again!

"Ricky Black" wrote:
>I am able to create a new block with no problems.
>I believe there is some misunderstanding as to what unblock does. Multiple
>
>graphic occurrences of the same block can be placed in the file.
>
>Unblock only drops one graphic occurrence of the block. It does not remove
>
>the block from the file. There will still be a block in the file available
>
>to be placed again. You must delete the block for it to be removed from the
>
>file.
>
>Look at the attached image. Click on the Library tab in EdgeBar with your
>
>file open. Make sure that ShowBlocks button is down.
>
>You will see "test" under 'ActiveDocument'. This is the block you created
>
>and it is still in the file. When you unblocked the graphic occurrence off
>
>'test', all you did wass to drop the graphic 'test' to the original
>elements. The block 'test' still exists in the file. you can drag and drop
>
>it into the display window to place it again. You must select 'test' on the
>
>EdgeBar and press the Delete key to actually delete the block. This will
>also delete any graphic occurences.
>
>Regards,
>Rick B.
>
>
>

Re: Test file

Look at the attached image. Make sure that the Place Occurrence button is
down. Then an occurrence of the block will replace the selected geometry.
Regards,
Rick B.


Re: Test file


That's it, brilliant, thanks!
"Ricky Black" wrote:
>Look at the attached image. Make sure that the Place Occurrence button is
>
>down. Then an occurrence of the block will replace the selected geometry.
>
>Regards,
>Rick B.
>
>
>