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How to Edit Drawing and Title Block in NX 10


When it comes to drawings, your company probably has a standard format you must follow to ensure consistency. This is important because anyone who looks at the drawing will know exactly where to find specific types of information they might need. Today you’ll learn how to edit drawings in NX 10 with respect to the border, size, views, and title block.

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Let’s start with the drawing border. In the example you will see today, the border is thick, bold, and black. It makes finer details of the drawing more difficult to see, and we just don’t really like the way it looks overall, so we are going to go ahead and change it.


Begin by navigating to the Menu > Preferences > Drafting. In Drafting Preferences, there are options at the top for Border. You can select the color swatch to open a new window with a full color palette to choose from. For this example, choose one shade darker than pure white. Now you can see that the drawing borders are still there, but they’re much fainter.  


Next, we will edit the sheet. Right-click the sheet you wish to edit, and select Edit Sheet from the drop down menu. In Sheet options, you have the ability to set a custom size or select from standard sizes. We want to make the sheet one size larger from the standard options. You’ll notice once that is done, the title block position is updated as well. Starting in NX 10, the title block position updates to reflect any changes in the drawing sheet size.

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You can also edit drawing views. Let’s look at how to do that now.


In this case, sheet two is a larger drawing size that we would like to downsize. You’ll notice when you go to edit the drawing size, you get a notification that says: Cannot modify drawing. Drawing size is too small. This warning tells us that when changed to a smaller size, the drawing view will now be outside of the boundary so the user cannot go and retrieve it.


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Dismiss the warning dialog and select one size smaller than that option. Now you can see our drawing view is located on top outside the borders of the sheet. Select the drawing view and drag it back into its proper place in the center of the sheet.   


Now to edit the title block. Sheet two has a sheet one title block, so you will need to change it. You can do so fairly quickly from Layer Settings. Activate the layer that is controlling that particular title block by selecting the check box under Name in the layers table. Double click the title block to activate it, right-click to open the drop down menu, and select Edit Definition. You are now in Define Title Block. At the top under Tables you notice there are three tables currently selected for this particular title block. Deselect those using shift + select. Now you will edit the table. You want to remove two rows from the title block, so right-click and choose Select > Rows from the menu and press delete. Now you will move the third angle projection indicator into the new position. Finally, delete the signature block of the title block. Now your title block is correctly formatted for sheet two.


nx title block.jpg


Next you will add a new sheet in a standard size. This gives a blank sheet without a border, but we want a border in this case. To add one, open Borders and Zones in the Drafting tool and select the proper drawing size. You can see our border is properly defined now. The next step is to copy our title block from sheet two to sheet three. This is another option new to you in NX 10. Copy and paste the title block from sheet two to sheet three.


The last change you will make to sheet three is to add multiple views from sheet one. This is a quick, simple change to make. In the Part Navigator, expand sheet one, select each of the views you wish to copy over, and you can then drag and drop those views into sheet three.


The final step is to create the Bill of Materials on sheet one. It is common practice for many companies to include the BOM on sheet one, so they can properly define what the particular design is for their project.


You can follow along with Sam Kuan step-by-step in this video tutorial

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I would like to do drawing templates with zones.

My first problem is the following:

If the zone size is fixed, the zones will not fit to all sizes of sheets.

Or if I set different zone sizes, but later I want to edit sheet because I want smaller/bigger, and I change the sheet size, the zones of the modified sheet will be different as the default same-sized sheet.

Is it possible to set zone size parameters somehow to set different zone size to different sheet which changes if I edit sheet size?

Secondly, there is a sheet size in the border at the right bottom. Can I link there a part attribute instead of the sheet size (which stays even if I change sheet size)?

I am interested in any kind of solutions like customer default setting, macro or configuration file.

Best regards,

Siemens Genius Siemens Genius
Siemens Genius

Hi Zsolt,


Thank you for reviewing this presentation!


Drawing sheets sizes and zones are all "regulated” by drafting standards both in English and Metric units.


The length or size of each zone is fixed, and when a drawing sheet is selected, the number of zones that would fit within that sheet are defined, the only “variable” is where is the origin of the zones, in another word, where do zones start.  Top right, Top Left, Bottom right, or bottom left, that can be define via drafting preference setting.


Sheet size display on the field of drawing is also according to the drafting standards.  However, if our customers want to “deviate” from standards, they can edit any of the drawing fields to suit their needs. 


NX drawing is a starting point for our customers’ usage, they can edit all template files within their installs location and then populate them to all user’s hardware (or in Teamcenter manage mode).


As far as any attributes, running macro or editing the seed file (template file), there are many examples on YouTube or other NX training sites can provide tips in how to perform such tasks.  My only suggestion is that you keep a copy of the original NX template / seed files, in case when any edits resulted in any undesirable outcome, then you can revert back to what you had.


Hope this is helpful.