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How to create an always symmetrical drawing?

A - answer How to make a symmetrical drawing where the left side is always (even after editing) a perfect mirror of the right side?

In AutoCAD, you can use Xref for this. First make a drawing consisting of the right half only and save it.

Then make a new empty drawing and attach this right part as a Xref (scale 1:1). Then attach the same part again as a Xref, this time with the X-scale set to -1. Align both halves together.

Any changes in the left or right part (done by RefEdit/doubleclick or by editing the separate DWG) will be reflected in the other part.

Possible texts will be displayed mirrored

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applies to: AutoCAD · AutoCAD LT ·

See also:
Tip 12705:How to disable osnaps for xref objects?
Tip 12361:Seamlessly connected images by irregular clipping in AutoCAD (or LT).
Tip 11868:Open just a part of a DWG drawing - layers, views.
Tip 11376:Attaching a xref to AutoCAD DWG sets a relative path automatically, can I change it to absolute?
Tip 10394:Attach xrefs from a predefined folder (path).

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