When selecting use custom scale for an individual view.. Is it possible to add pre-defined custom scales to the drop down menu?
Many "list"-type of items in SWorks are able to be customized but you would have to find the location of the file in the SWorks directory. Once found, it may very well be a simple modif of a text file.
No one knows how to do this?
It would be a great help to my job since i often use 1:3 and 1:4 scales.
This would be very handy and time cost effective for a lot of users I'm sure. Anybody know the text file directory to solve this?
Read here...somebody makes a macro, maybe with the assistance of Deepak Gupta you make your custom scale as you need
custom scale in drawing
But remember...scales in SW are according to a ISO/ANSI or whatever as you give a standard and you couldn't modify it because you are using a non standard norm
Here SW says
2017 SOLIDWORKS Help - Scales in Drawings
Here's a little extract from BS8888:2011
"NOTE 1 It is recommended that the scales in Table 7 are used wherever possible. However, with the advent of CAD systems and the ability to view drawings electronically at any size, the importance of using a standard range of scales has diminished. Where the recommended scales cannot be applied, intermediate scales may be selected."
I like this because it suggests some level of intelligence of the person applying the scales. Allowing them to determine when to, or not to, go with a non-standard scale.
A lot of the time, It's important to use up as much space that's available for you to use so that details can be viewed effectively. This is why time effective scaling is important because the dimensions always stay the same just the sizing on the page is altered
I think that scale rules were the primary way of measuring things before the might computer. They were obviously standardised, and as such the drawing scales were standardised to match. Perfectly reasonable.
Now I think it would depend very much on the requirements of your customers/vendors (internal or external). Do they scale from the drawing, or is the drawings more supplementary to the 3D data? Obviously the drawing still needs to be constructed well and communicate the design clearly and explicitly, but how will it be read? off a screen (tablet, LCD, touch)? Off a print (do they still use a plotter, or settle for more standard office sizes, A3, A4, Tabloid etc.)?
That said, I've seen the use of scales such as 1:3.2 which I personally think is a little bonkers. At that point I would be inclined to annotate on the drawing 'not to scale'
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