Scale factors, drawing units, and paper size

Discussion in 'AutoCAD' started by Mike, May 26, 2011.

  1. Mike

    Mike Guest


    I'm new to AutoCAD LT 2012. And I've been tasked to draw a floor plan
    in two weeks. I'm trying to find tutorials that deal with the issues
    as quickly as possible, but I'm having difficulty. It's not so much
    the actual drawing that's presenting a problem. It's how to get a
    boarder on it and still be able key in the lengths in the units I
    want. I can fit the drawing to the D size plot that I want. And I set
    my drawing units to inches. But in the layout, when I draw a line that
    extends from one boarder to another, I measure 1'10". But I'd like it
    to measure a distance of about 100 feet. How do I get all that to fit
    together? I'm not sure what size paper the template boarder is
    assuming. Does it matter when you fit the drawing to the paper size?
    Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

    Mike, May 26, 2011
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  2. Mike

    Rui Maciel Guest

    Basically, with any version of autocad you set the units in model space
    and you do your drawings in a 1:1 scale. Then, in paper space, you choose
    the paper size and rescale your viewports so that it renders your drawing
    in whatever scale you wish them to be printed with.

    Hope this helps,
    Rui Maciel
    Rui Maciel, May 27, 2011
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  3. Previous got cut off. I'll come back when it gets posted to the group.
    At least I think it crashed.
, May 27, 2011
  4. Easiest way for you to get going would be, in Model Space:

    1. Know what scale you want to plot at.
    2. Assuming 1/4" = 1' then draw a rectangle 144' x 96'. i.e. 4 times
    the size of D size paper
    3. Draw another rectangle inside of this rectangle which will be your
    Border. Something like 138' x 90'
    4. Draw your floor plan inside of this
    5. Start PLOT and chose Window which you then pick the outside corners
    of the big rectangle.
    6. Set Scale to 1/4" = 1' and you should get a 1/4" scale plot for the
    D size paper.

    This is really not the way you want to plot for the long term but
    should give you a quick output.

    Charles Shade
, May 27, 2011
  5. Mike


    Feb 12, 2013
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    I think the first answer you got is preferable over the second. Draw all your geometry in model space at FULL size no matter if it is a paperclip or a luxury liner. Then use a layout and viewports. Might also want to take a look at Annotative scaling for your text and dimensions if you plan on keeping them in model space. You don't have to though as both text and dimensions can also go in your layout with minimal fuss.
    Terminator, Feb 12, 2013
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