3 Replies Latest reply on Jun 12, 2014 6:59 PM by Jim Steadman

    Proper Drawing Font Sizes

    Josh Long

      This is an issue I think lots of people have but I'm struggling to understand Solidwork's approach to setting font sizes and leader lines when creating a drawing from a solidworks part or assembly.

      In autocad (iirc) you could just scale up a part and the dimension font and leader lines and arrows would change size so that way the dimensions font is the same size relative to the part.

      In SolidWorks it seems you can only set one font size for the entire drawing. If you want to change font sizes you have to edit the properties of each dimension you create manually. I've read about this issue and it seems to be related to actual drafting standards (ANSI ISO etc.) which seem to dictate all drawings have a specific font size/arrow size regardless of the part size.

      Can someone explain what the correct approach is to dimensioning drawings in terms of font size and part scaling? For example, if you have a large assembly and a small part in the same drawing, the dimension leaders and fonts for both will be the same size so you end up with either the large part's dimension font being really tiny or the small parts dimension font being huge. Are all the dimension fonts and leaders supposed to be the same size even if the parts greatly differ in size?

      Here's an example of what I'm talking about, both parts are the same scale however, because they both use the document's font size and leader line scale, the large parts dimensions look good but the small part's dimensions are overlapping and make it difficult to read.

        • Re: Proper Drawing Font Sizes
          Jeff Holliday

          There was a time when before computers that drafting was done by hand . At that time there was a miminum acceptable character size (usually .12 or .10 in.) regardless of the part size. It did not matter whether a part was small or big. If it was small, you just drew it a larger scale with the same size characters. This is basically the way SW works and I am happy with it. Model space and paper space may have worked in ACAD but I think the time has passed.

            • Re: Proper Drawing Font Sizes
              Aaron Godwin

              I agree. If you're following an ANSI or ISO spec you need to keep the fonts the same size. If you're viewing it on the screen you can zoom in and out to the tiny fonts but once it's printed out you don't have that option. All your fonts should follow a standard size, just change the scale of the view or put it on a different sheet.

            • Re: Proper Drawing Font Sizes
              Jim Steadman

              Tools, Options, documnet properties tab then Drafting Standard

              We use 12pt Arial Regular for Dimensions, Notes etc   18pt Arial Regular for Section and Detail Views.

              When we did it by hand it was .12 high and lettering was an art.