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Constraining object movement to a specified curve (rail) in AutoCAD.

A - answer n AutoCAD, you can use parametric geometric constraints, specifically the Coincidency constraint (GCCOINCIDENT) to bind a specified object point to a selected curve. So you can force the object to move only along a trajectory that follows the specified control curve (line, spline, arc, etc.).

Only 2D geometry can be used for control curves. You do not need to use just an offered point on the object geometry to specify the constraint point, but you can also use any osnap point - e.g. the center of a circle, the insertion point of a block, etc. It is advisable to anchor the control curve in advance (the Fixed constraint, GCFIX).

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