How Do You Turn Off Parametric Constraints in AutoCAD?

AutoCAD is a powerful software that allows you to create precise and detailed drawings. One of its key features is parametric constraints, which enable you to define relationships between objects.

However, there may be instances when you want to turn off these constraints temporarily or permanently. In this tutorial, we will explore different methods of disabling parametric constraints in AutoCAD.

Method 1: Using the Parametric Manager

If you want to remove parametric constraints from specific objects without affecting others, the Parametric Manager is your go-to tool.

  1. Step 1: Select the object(s) from which you want to remove the constraints.
  2. Step 2: Go to the Parametric tab in the ribbon.
  3. Step 3: Click on the Parametric Manager button to open the Parametric Manager palette.
  4. Step 4: In the palette, select the object(s) for which you wish to disable constraints.
  5. Step 5: Right-click on the selected object(s) and choose Delete Constraints.

Method 2: Using the CONSTRAINTSETTINGS Command

If you prefer a command-line approach or want to remove all parametric constraints from your drawing at once, you can use the CONSTRAINTSETTINGS command.

  1. Step 1: Type CONSTRAINTSETTINGS in the command line and press Enter.
  2. Step 2: The Constraint Settings dialog box will appear.
  3. Step 3: In the dialog box, uncheck the Parametric Constraints option.
  4. Step 4: Click on OK to apply the changes and disable parametric constraints.

Method 3: Using the DIMCONSTRAINT Command

If you have dimension constraints that you want to remove, you can utilize the DIMCONSTRAINT command.

  1. Step 1: Type DIMCONSTRAINT in the command line and press Enter.
  2. Step 2: Select the dimension(s) from which you want to remove constraints.
  3. Step 3: Press Enter to confirm your selection.
  4. Step 4: The dimension constraints will be removed, and the objects will be free from parametric constraints.

In conclusion, AutoCAD offers multiple methods to turn off parametric constraints. Whether you need to remove constraints from specific objects, disable them globally in your drawing, or eliminate dimension constraints, these techniques will help you accomplish your goals. By understanding how to utilize these options effectively, you can harness the full potential of AutoCAD’s parametric capabilities while maintaining control over your design process.

I hope this tutorial has provided valuable insights into disabling parametric constraints in AutoCAD. Happy designing!