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Scaling the Sheet Border to Fit the Design

With this method, where the sheet border is scaled up (or down) to cover the required area in the design, all text and dimensioning must be scaled the same amount, also. This is to ensure that when the scaled print is created, text and dimensioning elements are at the correct physical size.

To simplify this process, when you create a Sheet model, you have the option of associating an Annotation Scale to it, as well as a sheet boundary size. Additionally, if required, you can specify the origin of the sheet boundary and its rotation.

When you specify an annotation scale, the Sheet Boundary element also is scaled by that amount. This is a non-printing element that shows you the outer limits of the sheet size that you choose. To this, you then can reference your own border, to which you apply the same scale factor as that for the Sheet model. Additionally, any text that you place in the Sheet model, with the Annotation Scale lock enabled, automatically will be scaled by the same amount. For example, if you are creating a 1m = 200m scale drawing, any text that you place would have to be 200 times bigger than normal so that it prints at the correct size. With Annotation Scale set to 200:1, you do not have to worry about calculating the size of the text. If you turn on the Annotation Scale lock and then select 5mm text, it will be placed in the Sheet model as 1,000mm high, but when printed at 1:200 scale it will be scaled back to 5mm high.

For occasions where you do need to place text in the Design model, a similar Annotation Scale setting is available.

Where a drawing consists of various views and details, at different scales, the sheet should be created at the "main" scale for the drawing. Any details, with different scales, that are then required in the drawing can be placed at a scale that is a multiple of the main scale. For example, if the main part of the drawing is 1m = 200m, or 1:200 scale, then the Sheet model is created with the Annotation Scale set to 200:1 to compensate for the scaling down during printing. If you want to include a 1m = 20m, or 1:20, detail, you would reference this detail at a ratio of 200/20 or 10:1 scale.

When you print your "drawings" you set the scale to that of the annotation scale. If the annotation scale is 200:1, you print the drawing with the scale set to 200 Design = 1 Paper (where the units are the same).