Join Scott Onstott for an in-depth discussion in this video Examining the completed sheet set, part of AutoCAD: Creating Sheet Sets.
- [Voiceover] Let's take a look at a completed sheet set to get a feeling for what we will be building in this course. Type ssm, enter, to open the Sheet Set Manager. Then, open this menu and choose Open. And locate the dst file and open it. So this particular project has just four sheets and they're listed here. Let's double click on A-1 to open it.
So this sheet contains two drawings, Floor 1 and Floor 2. It also contains a number of callouts, referring to other drawings in the sheet set. For example, over here we have a section callout that's cutting through the building and it's viewing the building on this side, so it's Drawing 1 on Sheet A-3. If we want to view that particular drawing, we can go to the Sheet Views tab and locate Sheet A-3, Drawing 1, and double click to zoom in right there.
This section also has a detail callout, right here. Drawing 2 on Sheet A-3, that's over here. The wall detail. Let's go back to A-1 and examine what we really have here. Type xref, enter, and you'll see that this drawing, A-1 Floor Plans, contains two XREFs, namely Floor 1 and Floor 2.
The source drawings are actually available here on the Model Views tab. So Floor 1 is a separate drawing and it contains a view in Model Space, centering the view on that floor plan. So if I double click here, it takes me right there. So this is the source information that is brought together into the sheet set. Let's go back to A-1 floor plans. One of the great things about sheet sets, is the drawing coordination features.
So, for example, let's delete or erase this particular callout bubble, over here. Let's say I want to recreate that. All I have to do is go to the Sheet Views tab and figure out what drawing that is. Well that's the West Elevation. Right click on that and choose Place Callout Block. DynamicCallout is its name. And then click. It automatically receives the correct drawing number and sheet number based on its placement within the sheet set.
Furthermore, this callout block is a dynamic block that has additional functionality, like this menu, which allows you to change the bubble from just a simple detail callout to an elevation or section callout. In this case, we're dealing with an elevation. This is a rotate grip, so I can rotate the arrow to point in the direction that we're looking in. So, it's easy to place callouts.
And furthermore, it's easy to stay coordinated if you decide later on to change the numbers of your drawings. So, for example, if I right click and choose Rename & Renumber, and let's say for whatever reason I'm going to renumber that to be number 4, I'll click Next. If that's number 4, then this one should be probably be number 3. So, I'll say OK. And now over here, it says that the West Elevation should be number 4, but it doesn't look correct at this moment.
All we have to do is type regen, and everything is updated. Not only is it updated here, but the actual West Elevation drawing is updated as well. So, by building a sheet set you're building intelligence into the set of drawings so that everything stays coordinated.
- Preparing a template with a title block
- Adding attributes and fields to a title block
- Drawing callout-block geometry
- Creating the sheet-set structure
- Creating sheets
- Placing callouts
- Publishing a sheet set