In our previous blog post from this series of pyautocad articles I discussed rectangular arrays. Now, in this post, I will introduce and document polar arrays in AutoCAD and how to create and modify them with pyautocad in Python.
Setting up the drawing in Python
As usual, we will set up our work environment by importing the pyautocad library to make AutoCAD interact with python.
from pyautocad import Autocad, APoint, aDouble
from math import *
acad = Autocad(create_if_not_exists=True)
Creating some AutoCAD object as base for the polar array
To create an array, we will use the circle as an object. We will draw the circle using the AddCircle method. Also, we will store this circle in a variable “c1” to apply the array command against the created circle.
c1 = acad.model.AddCircle(APoint(100, 100), 100)
Concept of a polar array in AutoCAD
AutoCAD determines the distance from the array’s center point to a reference point on the last object selected. The reference point used depends on the type of object previously selected. AutoCAD uses the center point of a circle or arc, the insertion point of a block or shape, the start point of the text, and one endpoint of a line or trace.
Creating a polar array in AutoCAD with pyautocad in Python
Before creating the polar array, let’s check the syntax for creating the polar array.
object.ArrayPolar(NumberOfObjects, AngleToFill, CenterPointofArray)
# Angle shall be specified in radians
# Center point of array shall be specified in the form of three-element array of doubles
Using the above-mentioned syntax, we will create the array.
arr1 = c1.ArrayPolar(10, round(pi*180/180), aDouble(550, 600, 0))
If you are interested in AutoCAD scripting and AutoCAD automatization you can find additional pyautocad and pywin32 documentation under the AutoCAD section of this blog. For example I also documented how to work with 3D mesh objects in AutoCAD using pyautocad, and how to modify solid objects in AutoCAD with pyautocad. I also documented how to integrate pywin32 with AutoCAD and how to e.g. create a aDouble constructor with pywin32.
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