The Offset command requires selection of a single database curve or boundary. This command creates a database curve which is offset from the original curve or boundary in the current construction plane or the current drawing plane parallel to the Display window view plane.
Tip: When creating offset database curves, you can use the Apply command to save an offset and immediately enter a new Offset Distance to create as many additional offsets of the originally selected curve as desired.
Select the database curve or boundary to be offset, then Create, Offset. Type an offset distance in the Offset Distance text field. Hit Enter to view the pending new offset curve rendered in yellow. Click OK to save the curve and close the panel.
There are a number of commands available on the Offset panel which are described here in detail. In the majority of cases users will enter an exact Offset Distance in the provided text field. Note that the offset occurs in the current construction plane or the current drawing plane parallel to the Display window view plane.
There are always two possible directions in which an offset can occur. Use the Flip command to reverse the direction in order to achieve the desired result.
The XYZ text field can be used to specify an explicit point for the offset curve to pass through. Alternatively, you can left-click in the Display window to place a point for the offset curve to pass through. The point’s coordinates will appear in the XYZ text field. Note that the Snap to Points checkbox and the Advanced frame are common to many panels and are described in detail on the Point Placement page in the GUI section of this User Manual.
The Tolerance frame is closed by default. Open this frame by clicking on the checkbox next to the title. Here you can adjust the Fit Tolerance used by the Offset command for those cases where the default tolerance does not produce a pending offset curve. Uncheck the Use Default checkbox to edit the value.