Did you know you can precisely rotate the current view of modelspace? This is a killer way to simplify drafting and dimensioning objects on an angle, especially if you have a way to align the current view to an object. (And we do, keep reading.)
The longhand command is Dview > Dviewblock > Twist. Enter the angle you want to twist the current view to, and you’re set. Why type that out every time? This lisp will do that and more – just type “TW” to invoke.
Command : TW
- Enter the twist angle explicitly (e.g. 45 or -134.25) or…
- Align: set twist angle by picking two points (Point 1 is 0,0 and Point 2 is positive x-axis vector)
- Relative: set twist angle relative to current twist angle
- After twisting the view, the list will prompt yes(default)/no to realign the UCS to the current angle.
Right now the script only does the twist in modelspace, I’m planning on expanding it to work in paperspace & viewports as well. When I get some free time that is.
Until next time – keep it lazy.