Offsets or True Buffers in AutoCAD

You are most likely familiar with the OFFSET command in AutoCAD and have probably used it thousands of times or more.  It is a great way to create parallel copies of an object.  But when you need a true buffer this may not be the best solution.  This is where the OFFSETGAPTYPE system variable comes to the rescue.  By setting the OFFSETGAPTYPE to 1 you get a true buffer when you use the OFFSET command.

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Give it a try for yourself.  If you need to create a buffer for project boundaries, wetlands, impact areas or anything else, this might save you a lot of time.

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