In this video, Shaun Bryant shows you how to develop a suitable title block.
- [Instructor] We're starting another chapter now in our AutoCAD Construction Drawings course and we're going to be looking at title blocks and attributes and how we develop a suitable title block to display our construction drawings on. Now, you'll notice I'm in AutoCAD but I don't have a drawing open for you this time. We're going to start from scratch. We're going to literally go from one of the default AutoCAD templates all the way up to a simple title block with some simple attributes.
Now, you'll notice I'm in the Create tab of the start screen of AutoCAD. So, you'll notice down at the bottom of the screen there's Create, there's also Learn with lots of extra little learning tools that Autodesk provide for you. I'll go back to the Create tab. That's where we need to be. So, you've got Get Started, Recent Documents, Notifications, Connect. You need to be in the Get Started section and I'm going to click on this little down arrow here and select the acadiso template. Now, you'll notice when the tool tip pops up that says normal international metric drawing template.
I'm a Brit, I'm going to be using metric millimeters for all of my title block construction. Now, if you want to start doing this in imperial, in feet and inches, my suggestion is that you start with this template here, the acad.dwt template which is the normal English feet and inches drawing template. I love the fact that it's called a normal English template but possibly you guys in America will be using it. It just makes me feel a little bit patriotic as a Brit maybe.
So, what we've got here is acadiso metric and acad there is feet and inches. Use whichever one you want to use but bear in mind, the exercises that I'm going to show you in this chapter in the videos are all going to be using metric units, so I'm going to click on acadiso.dwt. Now bear in mind, when we get to the end of this chapter there will be a file that you can save out and keep for reference. I'm going to do the same and that will be in the exercise files for you to download and check your drawing against to make sure that you're doing the right thing.
So, we've now got a blank drawing open in AutoCAD and I'm in the Home tab on the ribbon. Make sure you're on the Home tab because we're going to need to do some drawing using the Draw panel. We might need to do some modifications using the Modify panel. We might need some annotation. We might need some layers. They're all there on the Home tab on the ribbon. Now, the next thing that we do is we save the drawing with a known file name look at the top of the screen. It's called Drawing2.dwg in my case. Not really a name for a template that we're going to use for a title block, so we just go up to the Quick Access toolbar and click on Save As and you'll notice I've already got a file saved in my folder there called ISO A3 Titleblock.
I'm going to overwrite that file and click on it. You can call it what you want and put your file name down here. Now, obviously if you're working in an imperial units environment, you might not call it ISO A3. It might be a different imperial drawing size that you want to use but just bear in mind that everything that I do is metric millimeters from now on. So, ISO A3 Titleblock that's what I'm saving it as, I click on Save and it's going to overwrite the existing one there obviously, so I just click on yes. So, we've saved it, you can see the name of it in the title bar at the top of the screen.
To get rid of that big, long C:\users etc. just hit the Save icon on the Quick Access toolbar and it just shows the file name then, so we've now got a nice blank metric template from AutoCAD ready to start developing our metric title block that we're going to use for our construction drawings.
- Communicating your design intent
- Drawing sizes in AutoCAD
- Deciding on the appropriate drawing size
- Using page setups to maintain drawing size
- Developing a suitable title block
- Setting up your layers to industry standards
- Creating plans and elevations
- Developing sections in the Model tab
- Setting up viewports and scales
- Creating standard layouts
- Printing out layouts