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# CAD drawing with multiple metric scale in model space

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01-08-2013 10:03 AM

I need to find out how to scale out these drawings. I have a CAD drawing using metric scale. This drawing has multiple title blocks. and each title block has its own scale. 1:500, 1:50, 1:150, 1:75. Now I make a block out of each title block and scale them out to find out if they plot out on the same sheet, and they do. Now, I still can't find out the scale factor to print them out to scale. I tried using using the scale shown in for each drawing for example 1:500 and it is super small when I do a print preview.  Can someone help me figure this out please???

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# Re: CAD drawing with multiple metric scale in model space

01-08-2013 10:16 AM in reply to: ftlopez

Wow. Too many variables to discuss here.

First thing... If possible use paperspace. Place the border in paperspace at a scale of 1. Make a viewport and scale the viewport.  Print paperspace to a scale of 1:1 (or 1:2 if doing half size prints).

Next, what are your physical paper sizes? If you are trying to print metric drawings to ANSI or ARCH paper sizes then there are metric to imperial scaling issues to think about.  Generally 1:25.4 or similar.

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# Re: CAD drawing with multiple metric scale in model space

01-08-2013 10:28 AM in reply to: hardin

IN MODEL space the title block for 1:500 scale is drawn out at 441.501m X 294.334m , and the title block for 1:50 is drawn out at 44.5m X 33.5m.

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# Re: CAD drawing with multiple metric scale in model space

01-08-2013 10:57 AM in reply to: ftlopez
But when you physically print, what are your paper sizes according to your printer?
As I'm understanding it, you're scaling of drawing and borders are okay in the AutoCAD drawing, but you are having trouble when you preview the print. Right?
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# Re: CAD drawing with multiple metric scale in model space

01-08-2013 11:22 AM in reply to: hardin

i NEED to print out in size 24"x36." I assume they scaled the drawings to print on a size A1, so I'm printing on a size A1 sheet. You are right. when I preview I cant get the right scale factor. the drawings are from mexico and I'm in the US, California.

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# Re: CAD drawing with multiple metric scale in model space

01-08-2013 04:59 PM in reply to: ftlopez

That's the ticket, then. You are trying to print metric scales and paper sizes to Imperial paper sizes.

So, you need to figure out what size metric border is closest to your 24x36 paper.

I know when I print A1 to our usual ANSI D (22x34) I have to print to a scale of 1:25.4 from paperspace.

If you are printing from Modelspace, then multiply your scale by 25.4 (or divide... whichever it is... can't really think right now, at home with migraine.) It may be another metric to imperial scale factor, but usually you will be going from millimeters to inches for the paper sizes.  If you are want a printed scale of 1:500 on a 24x36" paper, then you will really be printing 1:19.685,  not 1:500.  Unless you just actually go and buy a roll of metric sized paper and let the printer know that's what you're printing to.

Some fun, eh?

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# Re: CAD drawing with multiple metric scale in model space

01-09-2013 07:12 AM in reply to: hardin

yeah some fun . Thanks for your help

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# Re: CAD drawing with multiple metric scale in model space

01-15-2013 06:07 PM in reply to: ftlopez
But when you physically print, what are your paper sizes according to your printer? As I'm understanding it, you're scaling of drawing and borders are okay in the AutoCAD drawing, but you are having trouble when you preview the print. Right?
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