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Question about Units

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Anonymous
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Question about Units

Hello everyone, I started using AutoCAD for Mac a few weeks ago, and I still can't completely understand how to make one unit to be the length I want (and be sure I did it right). I know I can control and change this under Format->Units. If I want, for instance, one unit to be one meter? 

HELP! Thank you all.

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maxim_k
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Welcome to Autodesk Forums!

Hi,
You can treat one AutoCAD unit as one meter in real world. That is all you need for drafting purposes.
Another thing is adding annotations and dimensions to the drawings and output itto hardcopy (or to PDF). There you need to setup output scaling and the size of annotation objects (text, dimensions, symbols, etc.)
You can output from Model space or from Layout.
In Layout (which usually have the dimensions of real world paper sheet) you create viewports to Model space and set the desired scale in order to present your drawing correctly.
If you would output from Model space, you need to adjust the size of annotation objects depending on the scale at which you want to print the drawing.
BTW, the best practice is to assign one AutoCAD unit to one millimeter in the real world, than it will be easier to calculate scales and the size of annotation objects.


Maxim

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