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AutoCAD is a computer-aided drafting and design program that is the industry standard for a wide variety of 2D and 3D work. AutoCAD 2008 features several improvements over previous versions, but the core functionality and workflows have remained consistent for years. Users who have any of the more recent editions of the software will find AutoCAD 2008 Essential Training to be a valuable resource. Instructor Jeff Bartels has taught and used AutoCAD for a decade, and in this course he focuses on the difficult to master concepts that matter most to professional AutoCAD users. Exercise files accompany the course.
The best part about layouts is that you can re-use them. This means you only have to setup your 11/17 inch layout one time and then you can use it for any other drawing you wish to print to 11/17 paper. Let's try that. I'm going to come up and click my Open button and we are going to go inside the Chapter 15 folder located inside our Exercise Files directory. And I'm going to come down and open up drawing number 6, the Stereo Viewer. So I will highlight that and we will click Open to bring him up on screen. Now I would like to print this drawing within my company 11/17 inch title block.
Now I don't have to go through the steps of setting up the title block because I already have an 11/17 inch layout that I used in a different drawing. What I would like to do is extract the 11/17 layout from that previous drawing and use it in this one. Let's try that. I can extract the layout using the Design Center so I'm going to come up and click my Design Center icon, brings up my Design Center on screen. He happens to remain the last place that we were. Remember the left panel is just like Windows Explorer so all I have to do is navigate to the location of that other drawing.
Let me collapse Chapter 14 and I'm going to come down and open up Chapter 15 and I saved that drawing as number 6, 80s Video Game Controller Finished. Let me click the plus to open up this drawing. Remember that the Design Center surpasses Windows Explorer because it lets us navigate into an AutoCAD drawing. In my list of available things that I can steal from this file is our layouts. Let me click on the Layouts heading and over on the right side of my screen I can see the layouts that exist in that file.
If I want to bring a layout into the current drawing, all I have to do is click and hold on it and drag it into the file and release. Now when I release watch the bottom of my screen. Notice I now have an 11/17 layout. Once again we are done with the Design Center. Let's click the x and cut him loose. Alright I'm going to click on my 11/17 tab. Notice that he is all set up and ready to go. In fact I believe that I had already got a viewport. Let's check the Layer Control. Let me click the dropdown. Yes, in fact I do have a viewport it happens to be off.
Let me turn it on. Now remember that a viewport is like a window to model space. You may be wondering why don't I see my part. Well, the window in this layout is looking at the area where the other part was. There is no guarantee that my current drawing is in the same coordinate location as the previous one. That's alright, let's find it. Remember if I double click if I double click in a viewport, I can jump in and at this point I'm just going to do is Zoom Extents. I'm going to double-click my wheel. There is my part. Alright let's set this viewport to a measurable scale.
I'm going to move my cursor outside onto the sheet of a paper and double-click. I'm now working on my layout. Let me click the edge of the viewport to highlight it and I'm going to come down and set my scale. Let me click the dropdown and I am going to try a scale of 1 to 1. I will come up and click. Boy, it didn't change very much. In fact it's pretty tight within my viewport. Notice that my viewport has grips. Don't forget about these. I can tweak my viewport just by dragging these grips. I can open it and close it and make it as big or small as I want.
I'm going to drag my viewport edge up to this corner let's drag the other viewport edge down to this corner. There we go. Now I'm sure that my part fits within my viewport and I can see all of my dimensions. Let me come down and lock the viewport so I don't accidentally mess up the scale. Let me hit Escape to clear the grips and we are now ready to plot the drawing all I have to do is right-click, Plot, OK. Once again here is a finished copy of my print.
Imagine if you created a master drawing on your network that contained all of your typical title blocks saved as layouts. Anytime you needed to add a title block to a drawing you could simply drag and drop a layout from your master file. Layouts give you the power of automating your title block insertions and reduce the effort of plotting to just three clicks of your mouse.
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