Admittedly, this is purely an opinion based question.
What color is your primary dimension layer?
I use a dark blue to distinguish dimension lines from object lines while ensuring good contrast on a white background for pdf export and printing.
I have dimensions set to automatically be placed on layer DIMENSIONS in drafting options.
Same here as John.
Black. My dimension lines have a slightly different thickness from object lines.
All black in drawing.
Yes, As per standard.
Its really easy to notice newbie drawing from SW.
Grey dimension, same line width on everything.
We have some autocad dwgs created more than 20 yrs ago with dim in diff. colors
It's totally confusing and no1 likes it at all
For me, I stay with default (black) color
We do the dimensions blue, weld symbols red and notes dark green.
Frederick Law wrote: Yes, As per standard.Its really easy to notice newbie drawing from SW.Grey dimension, same line width on everything.
Frederick Law wrote:
Same here ... My company frowns upon personalization beyond some minimal toolbar shortcuts. Something about work stations all being the same so that anyone can log in and use them blah blah blah ...
Start Rant: It's all crap due to the fact that I'm relatively sure the preferences follow the User that is logged in and not the computer they have logged in on but it's neither here nor there. The company wins that one. Long story short ... SW is setup as the factory install defaults for virtually everything within. The only customization is within the directory structure for Default Templates and File Locations. End Rant
All dimensions, balloons, weld symbols, and notes attached to drawing views are dark gray, so there's some contrast between extension lines and model edges other than thickness. Notes that aren't attached to drawing views, such as view names, sheet names, or general notes, are black. I'm sure that doesn't follow any accepted industry standard, but it's been working well here for 10 years.
Setting proper color and line width to standard is not "personalization".
I'll quit if I'm force to create armature looking drawing.
Color? Why, my great-grandad on my maternal oma's side couldn't even see color. Before that, they didn't even have color, except at Chriatmas. Even the lilacs were gray.
Black. It's as opposite to white as it gets.
Plus, there's no issues with peoples' color blindness, printer color capabilities, print driver color interpretation/dithering/mapping.
EDIT: As you can see from the above, it can be subjective to an extent.
I suggest you collect and consolidate opinions of those in-house and of your customers (we in the forum don't really count).
Then create sample drawing that contains all of the drawing bits you'll encounter.
Print the sample drawing on paper and PDF (and any other format you use) using settings from 2-3 top scenarios.
Standardize templates on the winner.
What is the accepted industry standard anymore? There are standards, but if we all followed them, we wouldn't be having this discussion. ;-)
As Michael Gera started out saying, it's only our opinion.
Some users are color blind. Some companies make up their own standards.
I made up standards for our company based on industry standards. But, I left it open for users to change the colors for their own taste. Everyone sees everything different. Therefore, I don't care as long as they don't go overboard with psychedelic colors.
Chris Saller wrote: What is the accepted industry standard anymore? There are standards, but if we all followed them, we wouldn't be having this discussion. ;-)
Chris Saller wrote:
I'll use color that pass the "photocopier" test.
I'm really picky with line weight.
Kevin Chandler wrote:EDIT: As you can see from the above, it can be subjective to an extent.I suggest you collect and consolidate opinions of those in-house and of your customers (we in the forum don't really count).Then create sample drawing that contains all of the drawing bits you'll encounter.Print the sample drawing on paper and PDF (and any other format you use) using settings from 2-3 top scenarios.Compare.Get consensus.Standardize templates on the winner.
Kevin Chandler wrote:
Good suggestions here. We do color Dims, Weld symbols and notes as mentioned above. We then make PDFs and print then on black & white printers.
But the colors are company standards.
Yes, ASME Y14.9 (Sorry, I was being sarcastic) ;-)
Back den de olde ma had deerskin bra's - dat'd be waaaaayyyy back in da day
Pencils with 50 shade of grey.
We don't use colors in our office. If you do make sure you stay away from colors that might indicate issues with your drawing. These should be standard and contrast to any other used.
Line width is another factor in gaining contrast, even when using the same color.
So, as another suggestion, include line widths in your colors discussion.
And as mentioned previously, get a copy of the ASME standard, else your discussions may meander.
For the inconsequential items and for the items where there's no consensus, just default to the standard.
Right or wrong, we've been trained to stop bickering in deference to authority.
Lots of great replies here. Didn't think this topic would get so much activity!
So I think I'm going to go with a dark gray dimension layer.
I also added a "Special Dim" layer that is red. This will be primarily for modification work. Say a machinist is going to start with an existing, already-made standard part and make something else out of it. Any dims pertaining to that work will be on said layer.
By the way, I did play around with line widths on my "Part" layer today. No matter how much I increased them, they still printed the same as they always have.
Michael Gera - The colors that I used are only for visual for me, we print everything Black & White
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