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When working with drawings, there's many different standards that can be chosen and drawing options that can be modified. Once these options have been set, we can then save the drawing template so these options will be the defaults. To get started, let's go ahead and open up 17.2-1, and we want to make a drawing of this part. I'm going to click on File > Make Drawing from Part, and choose the TT option here under Chapter 17. Notice that there's different tabs at the top of screen here, we want to be choosing Chapter 17. We should have added this link the last movie we made.
Go ahead and click OK. Notice, as soon as I do so, I already have a couple different drawing views predefined in my drawing. And notice I'm using this template down here. Now, any changes I want to make to the drafting standards or options. If I save that to the template when I open this part up again, It'll automatically have those in it. So before we do that, though, I'm going to add a few dimensions to show and illustrate what I'm talking about. So over here I'm going to dimension from here to here. Place it down here. Dimension from the top to the bottom. Place it over here. I'm going to go ahead and add a dimension from the radius as well as on the circle diameter.
Now notice, this is using what's called the iso-standard. And the way these dimensions are laid out is part of that standard. Now, I prefer the ANSI standards, so I want to switch my drawing options over to ANSI. So come up here to the top and click on options. The very top of the screen you see System Options, as well as Document Properties. Go ahead and click on Document Properties and at the very top, click on Drafting Standard, and notice it's set to ISO. I want to switch that to ANSI. And as soon as I click that and I click on OK, notice that it actually changes the way all of these dimensions are displayed.
And you can see they're on the horizontal, and it looks a little cleaner to me. Go ahead and go back to the options now, and I can come in here under Document Properties, and I can make all types of changes if I want to, but I'm going to be overriding the drafting standard of ANSI, and that's fine. Any change I make is just going to make it called ANSI modified. I can change the fonts. I can change the balloons, datum, geometric tolerances, notes, or visions. You name it, dimensions, how everything looks, the size of arrows. Angles, running dimensions, you name it, we've got all this information we can be changing and updating.
You can make the drawing template exactly the way you want it to look. Same thing with Views down here, Virtual Sharps. Any changes I make, it's automatically going to propagate through it when I save that template out. Once everything's there, you choose the Options, the Units, click OK. And now, I've saved this from an ISO format to an ANSI format. And I want to make sure this information is there the next time I open the drawing, I want to automatically be in ANSI. So what I'm going to do then is go up here to File. Come down to Save As. And instead of a regular drawing, I want to save this as a drawing template.
To drawing template. I don't want to overwrite the regular SolidWords default template, so I want to go back over here to Desktop come down to Exercise Files, come over here to chapter 17 and you can see we have that drawing template called TT, also let's go ahead and overwrite that template, click on Save. You want to replace it? Yes, I do. And it says, I have couple of pre-defined views. This is going to be overwritten. And that's totally fine. Go and click on OK. And then, now I have a new drawing tablet and it shows me when I start a new template.
It's actually going to put the front view and the right view automatically when I open the drawing, that's great. So any template changes I want to make, I can save them here. Notice I'm now editing the tt-drwdot so that I'm actually changing the template at this point in time. Again I can go back up here to Options, make any changes I want, click on Save, and they'll be there the next time I choose that template to get started with a drawing. Saving your options as drawing defaults is the single best time saver in SolidWorks. More than half the new users that I meet don't know about this and change these options every single time they make a drawing.
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