The Presspull command has been in AutoCAD for several years, providing a quick and easy way to create an extruded shape from a closed boundary.
In AutoCAD 2013, it’s received a makeover, adding 3 improvements that make it more functional than ever.
Select Multiple Boundaries
Last year we improved Presspull so that you could use it multiple times in a row, without having to start the command over again. This year, we added a Multiple option during selection, that appears after you select the first object or bounded area. Below are images of before, during, and after multiple selection.
Extrude Non-Planar Areas
Previously, Presspull only worked on flat, planar objects. Now, that limitation has been removed. The spline in the image below is definitely not two-dimensional.
Extrude or Offset Faces
When working with Presspull now, you can choose whether a face is extruded orthogonally, creating straight sides perpendicular to the face, or offset, continuing the slope of the existing sides.
In the image below, the two “legs” have vertical front faces and sloped top faces.
If I use Presspull normally on the left leg, it creates a rectangular box, with the end face the same size as the original.
But if I hold down Ctrl and left-click on the other leg, that face is offset instead, continuing the top slope and adjusting the size of the face accordingly.
Multiple object selection, non-planar extrusion, and offset faces—all yours now with Presspull and AutoCAD 2013.