Using the Rectangle replicate tool, you can replicate a selected object to form a symmetrical square or rectangle starting at a chosen point.
To use this tool, follow these steps:
- Go to the Tools component tab and select the Rectangle replicate tool:
- To replicate the component starting from a custom point, verify that the Pick start point option is selected in the property box in the top left corner of the drawing area. Deselecting this option will instead replicate the component starting from itself.
- Click to select the component.
- Start moving the mouse diagonally to form a square or rectangle and use the green property box to create your setup. The following options are available in the property box:
- X axis / Y axis: This is a parameter that is calculated by CET Designer and cannot be user edited. Default is Edge to edge which lets you alter the quantity and total length, but not the edge to edge field. Picking Quantity will let you alter total length and edge to edge, while Length lets you alter the quantity and edge to edge.
- Gap: The distance between the copies.
- Quantity: The total number of copies you want the replication to consist of.
- Total length: The total length you want the replication line to be.
- Rotation of copies: Enables rotation of each copy on the replication line.
- Keep original: Select this checkbox if you want the original object (your reference) to be retained.
- Fill rectangle: Select this checkbox if you want to fill the rectangle with copies. Leaving the checkbox deseleted will result in an empty space in the center of the rectangle.
- Click once or press Enter to finalize the placement.
- Repeat steps 2-5 for each component that you want to replicate.
- Press Esc or move the mouse pointer outside of the drawing area to release the Rectangle replicate tool.
X / Y axis
There are three types of measurements for the X and Y axis:
- Edge to edge: Distance between the edges of each copy.
- To next: Distance from the starting point of one object to the starting point of each new copy.
- Total length: Distance from the start of the first object to the end of the second copy, and so on.
|Edge to edge