January 1

AutoCAD Wipeout Command: Everything to Know

AutoCAD Wipeout Command: Everything to Know

Etiido Uko

What is Wipeout command?

WIPEOUT command in AutoCAD is used to mask an area in a drawing. Whenever there are many complex parts in the drawing background and you need to hide them, you can employ the WIPEOUT command. It may also be used when only a portion of a drawing is of interest.

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AutoCAD Wipeout command

WIPEOUT command in AutoCAD is used to mask an area in a drawing. Whenever there are many complex parts in the drawing background and you need to hide them, you can employ the WIPEOUT command. It may also be used when only a portion of a drawing is of interest.

The WIPEOUT command employs a polygonal area that masks the objects in a selected region by applying the background color. When a portion or area of a drawing has been “wiped out”, it appears blank.

This wiped out area is defined by a frame which you can edit anytime, effectively increasing or decreasing the area.

How to use the WIPEOUT command

Below are the steps involved in using the wipeout command. For this tutorial, we are going to hide a portion of the design below using the wipeout tool.

First, you either type the command *wi* or select wipeout under the *draw* drop-down.

Specify the boundary of the area to be wiped out by clicking and moving your cursor.

Click *enter* to wipe out.

You can also make specify a wipeout boundary using a poly-line. First, draw the poly-line object as shown below.

Pick the wipeout tool from the draw drop down or type *wi*, then select the poly-line object (red arrow).

Click *enter*, you will get the image below.

To hide the frame of the Wipeout region type the wipeout command again and select *frame* then click *no*. Press enter; you will get a wipeout region without a frame as shown below.

*Note*: you can’t create a wipeout region from a circle or a filleted object. However, using a polygon with many sides e.g. 30 sides will make it look like a circle. Select the polygon tool, type In 30 number of sides, and select *inscribe in a circle*.

You will have this polygon which virtually looks like a circle.

Apply wipeout again to the polygon to have the image below.

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About the Author

Etiido Uko is a mechanical engineer and a design expert. He is certified in AutoCAD and various other engineering software. Etiido is driven by his passion for innovation.

Etiido Uko

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