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Rotate Objects

May 20, 2011

     You can rotate the selected objects around a specified point.

     You can specify the rotated angle by specifying a point on the drawing or entering the angle value directly. The direction that objects rotate depends on the value you enter is positive or negative.

    The rotated plane and direction of zero angle is determined by the azimuth of UCS.

Rotate an Object by a Specified Angle

You can rotate objects by specifying a base point or an angle.

To rotate objects

  1. Choose Modify > Rotate.

  2. Select the objects, and then press Enter.

  3. Specify base point.

  4. Specify the rotation angle.

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Command line ROTATE



To rotate an object, select the object to rotate (A), and then specify base point (B) and the rotation angle (C)

Rotate an Object to an Absolute Angle

You can also rotate objects by specifying an absolute angle.

To rotate a selection set in reference to an Absolute Angle

  1. Choose Modify > Rotate.

  2. Select the objects, and then press Enter.

  3. Specify base point.

  4. On the command line, type Reference.

  5. Specify the reference angle.

  6. Specify the new angle.

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Command line ROTATE



To rotate an entity in reference to a base angle, select the entity (A), specify base point (B), select the reference angle and pick point (B) again (or type the @ symbol), specify the second point (C), and then specify the point representing the new angle (D)

Rotate an Object in 3D

      With the ROTATE command, you can rotate 2D objects. The rotation direction is determined by the current UCS. The ROTATE3D command is used to rotate objects in the 3D space.

      With use of ROTATE3D, you can define the rotation axis by specifying two points; X,Y,Z axis; or the Z direction of the current view. The 3D objects can be rotated with either the ROTATE command or ROTATE3D command.

To rotate an object about an axis in three dimensions

  1. Choose Modify > 3D Operation > Rotate 3D.

  2. Select the objects to rotate, and then press Enter.

  3. Choose from one of the following options: Entity, Last, View, Xaxis, Yaxis, Zaxis,2 Points.

  4. Specify the rotation angle.

Command line ROTATE3D



Select the objects to rotate (A), specify the endpoints of the axis of rotation (B and C), and then specify the rotation angle (D) Result after rotating the objects

Commands Reference

ROTATE: Moves objects about a base point

ROTATE3D: Moves objects about a three-dimensional axis

System Variables Reference





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