About Offsetting Objects
Offset an object to create a new object whose shape is parallel to the original object.
For example, if you offset a circle or an arc, a larger or smaller circle or arc
is created, depending on which side you specify for the offset. If you offset a polyline,
the result is a polyline that parallels the original.
ends. When COMMANDPREVIEW system variable is on, an interactive preview of the command
outcome is shown.
Use OFFSET to offset the following object types:
- Ellipses and elliptical arcs (resulting in an oval-shaped spline)
- 2D polylines
- Construction lines (xlines) and rays
Special Cases for Offset Polylines and Splines
2D polylines are offset as individual line segments, resulting in either intersections
or gaps between segments. To complete the offset, intersecting lines are trimmed and
gaps are filled.
Splines are trimmed automatically when the offset distance is larger than can otherwise
Offset the Edges of Faces on Solids and Surfaces (Not Available in AutoCAD LT)
The OFFSETEDGE command creates a closed polyline or a spline from the edges of a
planar face on a 3D solid or surface. Splines result when one or more edge segments
cannot be represented as lines, arcs, or a circle. For example
- In the left illustration, the edge of the top surface of the solid was offset, resulting
in the closed, yellow polyline shown.
- In the middle illustration, the polyline was extruded.
- In the right illustration, the polyline was extruded and then subtracted.
With the Corner option, you can specify sharp corners or rounded corners for the polyline.
External and internal corners create rounded corners differently depending whether
the corners are concave or convexâ€”the radius of the arcs maintain the specified offset
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