and I need to print the layout where 1mm equals 1 foot how do I do this in solidworks?
Won't setting your sheet scale to 1:304.8 work?
goes by %, would be awesome if I knew where I could type that in.
Assuming your view is set to sheet scale you'd type it here:
If your views aren't set to sheet scale then you'd click on a view to highlight it and change it here:
ok now I am really confused it is a DWG and I am just trying to open it and print it scale I could bring it in as a model but then I can not make a drawing of it, cause its just a sketch at that point. and every time I just try to open the DWG it will not scale right and will not come into the drawing right.
Are you trying this:
Clicking "next" gets you:
Clicking "next" again gets you:
Then play with these settings. Specifically Drawing Sheet Scale:
it will not center it on the sheet. and even after doing all of this still will not come in right I just need to print it,
will not center will not scale right nothing
Check the "Geometry Positioning" - bottom left of the last dialog box - This should help you bring it back into place.
I would start with "Move entities onto the sheet"
You can also manually move them after import.
But you might also want to create a special template for this (one without a title block, and maybe a larger sheet size)
Exactly! (I used to have 4' x 10' & 5' x 10' sheet formats for showing nesting)
Don't you just love it when someone makes a 2D drawing in outer space, like miles from the real destination.....
In the 2D file create a center point of the layout and move everything to 0,0,0 then it'll come in to SW better.....
I would go the easy way and download DraftSight (it's free)
For 2D stuff I used to just draw a rectangle the size of the printable area for my printer (8" x 10.5" - whatever your margins are), and scale the rectangle up by the scale factor - this should make it fit around the drawing.
Then you can use the rectangle to select your "print area".
If you don't want the rectangle to show up on your print, just change the rectangle to the Defpoints layer.
(If you want to check your accuracy, draw a line in the rectangle before you scale it up, and array the line .0625" to create a "ruler" within the page - print this out 1:1 and lay a ruler on top of it - if it looks good, delete the ruler and scale it up.)
As Todd Blacksher suggests, if it's to view and print then use Draftsight or try Edrawings and select the sheet size you wish to print it on.
go through all the steps and no matter what comes into the dwg as this
I didn't know you were working with a dwg file. That makes a big difference. I know about as much about those as I do flying airplanes, so someone else will have to help. Sorry for the confusion.
Just an FYI, see this thread:
3D vs 2D information
Copy/paste from that thread:
At my last job as a product designer, the company I was working for was building a new facility for shipping. At the time, we had an intern who ran AutoCAD who did all the floor layouts for the buildings. Well, he left and his computer was scrapped or sold or something....
For some reason, the VP saw that I also did things that were something like what he did and tasked me with doing the floor layout of the new building.
I asked the IT department to install AutoCAD onto my computer so that I could do it.......and I was denied. Something to do with the fact that they would have to buy a new license because the old license went to some guy in Baltimore, MD (I'm in the Northern LP of Michigan).
The VP told me to just do it in the CAD software that I had.
Well, I gave it a shot. I created a drawing and started sketching out the layout. Needless to say, the more lines that I sketched, the slower the computer ran. It got to the point where I had the layout 75% complete and every time I tried to save the file, it would take about 5 minutes. Something to do with the sketch relations in the 2D Drawing kept trying to update all the bloody time. That and about every third time that I saved....SolidWorks would just crap out.
It got so bad that I finally resorted to actually modeling a floor layout in a part format so that, when I brought it into a drawing it looked right. Basically I just modeled everything a 1/4" high so that the shapes were right when seen from above. Everything worked SOOO much better once I started using SolidWorks the way it was designed to be used.
That was about 8 years ago. Now I know better. SolidWorks was NOT designed as a 2D program. AutoCAD is designed as a 2D program.
Yes, I know, I know.....there are a thousand different ways that could have gone.....but when you are told by the VP, he generally doesn't want to know that he's wrong or that it can't be done.
Anyway, I hope that helps.....:)
When we have to bring these in we put them into parts rather than drawings. You can make a drawing from the part, turn sketches on and scale as you need to.
After doing this you can validate dimensions against scaling.
Since I am assuming you are using a plotter you can then export the drawing to the plotter with the scaling requirements needed to achieve your final dimension needs.
To do this you can start a new part pick a plane choose insert and there is an option for the dwg/dxf. From there you get the import dialog screen.
Hope it works for you.
If you have a 2D Solidworks drawing already, may be its easier to use this
And then you can adjust the scale and drag the frame on the area you want to print, even if is outside the drawing sheet.
I can not move it, it is to big I am guessing after 45 minutes of waiting on it trying to move I give up.
going to 0,0,0 doesn't work I have been just trying to plot a simple 2d drawing for 2 hours.
I give up this is dumb Like really after 2 hours I can not do a simple plot. get one of our other cad people that use other software to do it.
Did you try it in Draftsight as Todd Blacksher said?
DraftSight is just like using Autocad.
I open DWG files all the time and then print them. Files made in AutoCad, SWX drawings saved as DWG's, from other 2d programs - doesn't matter as long as they were saved as DWG format you can use Draftsight
You need to be sure you have the correct printer / plotter setup as the device to print to and then you should be able to "Select" the area to print and "Center" on the page, it should work.
It should all be there in the Draftsight print settings.
Totally agree with Dan Pihlaja and his post -
Here is the clincher on your project, the file you're trying to pull in is waaaaay to large, how about layers, were layers used. In the past I've done a few large drawings similar to what you show, however you can only survive using smaller chunks of sketch info,,,
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