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Tami Olsen
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Dimension scales
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2016 Plus

I'm drawing a detailed "pattern" for a steel railing as a line drawing. I can't get the dimensions to appear at the right scale for printing. I want to use a letter-size paper, and everything appears so big that it flies all over the place.

 

If I put it in the plan set I have for fabrication sheets, I can put a title block on it and auto scale the notes, but they ticks and arrows still appear too large, and the dimensions aren't placed properly on the lines. It's really difficult trying to place them where they'll look right on the plan set.

 

I want the dimensions to appear at the right scale on the drawing itself, but I can't even find a place where the drawing scale is set. I've attached an image of the drawing and plan set view.

Bill Wimberley
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Character Setup

This is what I do when I have details that are at a different scale than the rest of the drawing.

Say for example I have my fonts sized to print at a good size for 1/4" scale but I want to add a detail that is at 1/2" scale. I create a new drawing for the detail and in the Drawing Options for the detail drawing I adjust the character sizes and arrow settings. So if my standard sizes are 6", 8", 10", and 12" in my 1/4" drawing I want them to be half that size in the 1/2" scale drawing because the size will be doubled on the page. So in the detail drawing I change the character sizes to 3", 4", 5", and 6". I also change the Arrow Options sizes to be 1/2 size.

Now when you place the 1/2" scale drawing the text and arrows will be the same size as the 1/4" drawing.

Bill is the owner and maintainer of SoftPlanTuts.com

Tami Olsen
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Seeming more and more that I

Seeming more and more that I need to set up template projects/drawings. I'll have to make a table to show what values to use for what scales for office standardization... Are there any glitches when changing these after the drawing is dimensioned? Also are the flyout arrows adjustable for how they are attached to the dimensions? Mine seem to have left justified text, so when I try to make the text smaller there's a HUGE gap between the text and the flyout arrow if it comes off the right side of the text.

Bill Wimberley
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Changing sizes

There shouldn't be any problems with changing the fonts on an existing drawing.

Personally I never use the offsetted small dimensions. If I need to move a dimension number I will move it manually. I have my dimensions set to "Display Small Dimensions"=on and "Offset Small Dimensions"=off.

Tami Olsen
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That sounds like it's more

That sounds like it's more like what I'm used to. I'll try that as well. Thanks.