I need to set the sheet scale so that it displays as feet. For example here I need it to show as 1/4" : 12" or 6" : 12". Has anyone dealt with this?
Thank you Dave
Can you get away with not showing the drawing scale... Years ago it was needed in the field or the shop. It's been quite a while now, that I don't show the Drawing Scale... I don't want the shop guys to assume a dimension if I miss one, they need to ask...
yea I tried that, but the lead engineer wants it on there. And it has to show it in the format he wants. But I agree with you.
He must be Old and from the Old School...
He is an AutoCAD (2D) user and the owner hired me to bring in Solidworks. He is not happy about it and has put every challenge in front of me possible. I have solved all of them over a 5 week period and I am done to 2 issues. This and another question I asked. Hopefully this is it.
only way I can think of doing it would be to create a custom property in the drawing with an equation that evaluated the sheet scale then returned the required string. Or a macro that reads the sheet scale in as a string, takes the characters left of the : and adds the ", does the same for the right characters then re-combines them and adds it to the new custom property, which you then link to the text of the sheet scale note.
I don't know what that formula would be. Do you have any ideas?
I'm not saying it's there but go here and download the Excel File... Look in the Macro Page or Deepak Gupta Page and use Find to search for "Scale" or Drawing Scale...
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If you have only a few commonly used sheet scales you could just type it directly in your sheet format and save the sheet format. Save one for each scale, and then select the sheet format that's appropriate. Other than that, I think you're down to entering it manually for each sheet.
Glenn Schroeder Good Idea and a perfect solution - but a workaround non the less...
There are about 23 different scale factors they use. They design and build large equipment. So that makes it difficult to save certain factors.
Let me preface this by saying I know nothing about macros, but maybe someone could write one to update that text for you? Maybe even have it kick in whenever you change the view or sheet scale so you don't have to remember to run the macro (because after all if you can remember to run the macro you could remember to manually change the scale)?
That would be great, but I think it would be so complicated that it may not be worth the effort. I thank you for the idea thou.
I could manually type the factor but if we changed the scale later it may not get updated.
Another manual method would be to use the custom properties tab allow you to select the scale. You could use radio buttons, or a list. The advantage of the list being you could manually type a scale should it not be available.
you could have a text field showing the actual sheet scale just above for reference.
You'd still need to change this manually if you changed the scale of the sheet.
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