I have been using various versions of Acad for years, but probably not properly. We have 2002 here at work, and I am trying to plot a scaled drawing of our new building for equipment layout on our roll feed 36" plotter. I want to plot it with borders and a title box, so it looks reasonably professional. I have tried using the pre-made templates, but for the life of me, cannot get my full size drawing in model space to be to scale in the layout or template screen. Can someone walk me through plotting a 40' x 60' square in 1/4"=1' scale, maybe using a built-in Acad template? Any help would be appreciated.
If you're in paper space, create a viewport. Then double click in your viewport - zoom, center, (click) enter .020833333xp for 1/4"=1'-0" (.25"/12") scale, then click back to paper space. That should make it easier to plot. Then you can put your viewport on a layer to turn off.
Now you'll want to create another layer called "viewport." Around the image that has been plotted already, or should have been, there is a line. Click on that and change the layer to viewport. Now click on your viewport again, and by dragging the grips, you can resize the viewport to just within the border you created. With grips on the viewport again, go up to your toolbars (hold the icon over any of the tool icons) and right click and a menu with all your toolbars will drop down. Click "viewport" and a pop-up toolbar appears. Click on the dropdown and you'll have a number of scale options (ie, 1/4" = 1', etc.). Select the one that works best for you and you should have it. By double clicking in the viewport, you are able to pan in and out, or zoom real time to fit the plan better. When done, go to your layers and freeze viewport and the viewport window disappears and you just see your plan inside the original border you created. To create your table, use lines in paper mode to draft a grid for your text in the lower right corner, or wherever your preference.
As a previous poster indicated, once you create your drawing in model space, switch to the layout you wish to plot, and move the drawing to the center of your sheet, or viewport, and if you have changed the zoom, always make sure to repeat the zoom 1/48xp or whatever scale you are using in model space, then change back to paper space to plot. Your drawings will then be to accurate scale. Additionally, you can create multiple viewports on one layout for plotting elevations or walls and foundations on a single sheet.
Comment from contributor S:
There are easier ways to set the scale of viewports, depending on the
version of AutoCAD. In version 2002 to 2004 the method is this: while in the paper space tab (and already having at least one viewport created) double click on the viewport frame. Or right click and click "properties". This brings up the properties box, if you don't have it always in view. In the list is a "standard scale" tab. This allows you to quickly change the scale without having to know the zoom XP factors. Before I learned this method, I set up a custom toolbar with the most often used scales, but I had to use the "Z" "XP" factors in my buttons.
In version 2005 and 2006 the method is this: In the paper space tab, single click on the viewport border. This pops up a tab at the lower right corner, below the sheet tabs that has the same "standard scale" listing. Click on the scale you want.