How can I set my drawing so that it's to scale? I have gone thru the tutorial manual, but it only gives examples of drawings at 1:1 scale, nothing where the drawing needs to be at 1/4"=1'-0" scale. could anyone out there help a newbie?
RMB outside the drawing view(s) and select properties, you can change the sheet scale there. For the views you can change the scale in the properties dialog in the Feature manager tree.
RMB ? I'm afraid I don't know that means.
RMB = Right Mouse Button
I just noticed that this is in draftsight instead of Solidworks, my answer was for SW.
Oh boy, this is an question almost everyone who ever work on AutoCAD asked at one point or another.
I'm going to give you the summary answer, because going through the whole thought process to arrive at it takes a long time and-if you're not too wed to board drafting-seems esoteric.
make your geometry at full scale in whatever system of units dominates the information you're given.
If you place your title block in model space then in the dimension style dialog box, set the scale factor to be the same as the titleblock scale
If you place your dimensions in paperspace, leave this scale factor at 1 (assuming you print your titelbock at 1:1 from paperpspace)
If you place your dimensions in model space and then create paperspace viewports with different scales, then use the 'scale dimensions according to sheet'
In paper space, you can set the view for each viewport by activating it and then specifying a scale factor (inverse of your plot scale) in the properties pane.
have at it and let us know if you get stuck.
John: Thanks for the answer! Your right about being "wedded to the board". I've been hand drafting for many years. Been trained on AutoCAD over the years, but was never in a position or firm where I could get the necessary experience. Thanks again for your advice, I understand completely!
Regards, Tom Smith
One more thing..... I presume that when I set the Drawing Boundaries for the Model space, for a 30 x 42 inch sheet, I will be calling for a 120 ft. x 168 ft. space (assuming that I will finally have a 1/4"=1'-0" drawing)
Thanks again, Tom S.
I'm not a hundred percent sure what you mean by calling for a 120' x 168' space.
In your case, I'd draw whatever it is you have to draw at full scale, insert an 42 x 30 border and scale it up by 48. If you type in Units and set the length type to Architectural and measure your border, Draftsight will report back that it's 120'-0" x 168'-0" as you predicted.
When you go to publish or plot your drawing, you'll set the plot scale to 1:48 to get the output to fit on your printed page.
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