I have been sent a DWG floor plan from a firm in South America. The existing file is Type: Decimal and Units to scale: Meters. We need to convert the file to a useable architectural and feet set up. I know that I will need to scale the existing dwg however I am not sure what the exact steps are or what I should scale it by. Should I cahnge the drawing units first and then scale? Or the other way around? Biggest thing I need is the scale factor.
if you create a new drawing, set it's settings to your units and run then command _INSERT (to insert the meter-drawing) AutoCAD should scale the drawing by units-factor itself.
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No I am sorry but I do not know the scale factor between feet and meters. We have never had this issue come up before. And I can not just scale using referance because the South American architect is going to need to scale this back to meters at some point.
Unless there is a technical requirement to do your work in Imperial, I would suggest designing in meters. Converting from one to the other, doing work, and converting back again will cause no end of problems eg. commercial objects designed to Imperial values may have dimensional differences than those designed to Metric values.
Unfortunatly this project would be very hard to do with out converting to imperial. We are working with a great number of standard sizes that need to be used and because of who our client is the project needs to be prosented to them in feet and inches.
I know there will be complications however this is the position we are in so I need to figure put the best way to do this.
Scaling drawings can be painful. Text, dimensions, blocks, etc. can freak out.
Is everything in modelspace?
Did they use annotative in their text and attributes?
Did they use sheet sets?
Biggest thing I need is the scale factor.
What does the command line return if you type -dwgunts (with the - sign)?
Are you familiar with HS Algebra?
Often when I see questions like this, the OP isn't certain of the true scale.
Can you attach part of the file here? That would help to avoid a game of 20 questions.
Then I can supply the formula...
Ummm y'all do know AutoCAD has a converter built in to its calculator, right?
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