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Scale. Please help......thanks.

I am a complete newbie. I only want to draw a simple outline with
dimensions.
However I can not get the scale right.
I have done the tutorials and tried to find the answer in 'help'.
I understand this program is designed for professional use mainly.
The items I need to draw are all about 1 inch long.
So my dimensions an the parts will be ( example ) 0.020" thou.
How do I change the scale. If I zoom in , all it does is make the text huge
and there obviously is a
simple solution I am missing.
I need my 1 inch part to take up the whole page, with dimensions in
proportion and print out at the same scale.
Thanks,
--

david.


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Re: Scale. Please help......thanks.

David,
You have 2 options (reference the attached images):
1. Draw your geometry at 1:1 scale on the 2D Model sheet. If you don't see
the 2D Model sheet tab at the bottom of your workspace go to the View menu
to activate it. Once you've drawn your geometry at 1:1 scale return to your
front sheet and place a 2D Model View using the button on your left tool
bar. After selecting this tool SE will jump you to the 2D Model sheet and
you will box in the geometry you want to see in your view. Once you've
placed your view you can scale it to fit your sheet. The dimenions will be
correct regardless of your view scale.
2. Another option is to use the File-Drawing Area Setup option. You will
see this tool under the File menu when you have the 2D Model sheet
activated. It lets you set up a work area that you can draw and dimension
at 1:1 but scales your text height etc... to match the sheet size.
I've left out a lot of details here. If you want to understand option 2
then you should read about Drawing Area Setup in the help menu. If you part
is fairly simple than option 1 works good. A little more details on what
you are trying to do will help others guide you in the right direction.
David

"David" wrote in message
news:45267c10@bbsnotes.ugs.com...
>I am a complete newbie. I only want to draw a simple outline with
> dimensions.
> However I can not get the scale right.
>
> I have done the tutorials and tried to find the answer in 'help'.
>
> I understand this program is designed for professional use mainly.
>
> The items I need to draw are all about 1 inch long.
>
> So my dimensions an the parts will be ( example ) 0.020" thou.
>
> How do I change the scale. If I zoom in , all it does is make the text
> huge
> and there obviously is a
> simple solution I am missing.
>
> I need my 1 inch part to take up the whole page, with dimensions in
> proportion and print out at the same scale.
>
> Thanks,
>
> --
>
>
> david.
>
>
>
>
>





Re: Scale. Please help......thanks.

Thank you for taking the time to reply.
I am getting closer
david
"David Rieschick" wrote in message
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> David,
>
> You have 2 options (reference the attached images):
>
> 1. Draw your geometry at 1:1 scale on the 2D Model sheet. If you don't
> see the 2D Model sheet tab at the bottom of your workspace go to the View
> menu to activate it. Once you've drawn your geometry at 1:1 scale return
> to your front sheet and place a 2D Model View using the button on your
> left tool bar. After selecting this tool SE will jump you to the 2D Model
> sheet and you will box in the geometry you want to see in your view. Once
> you've placed your view you can scale it to fit your sheet. The dimenions
> will be correct regardless of your view scale.
>
> 2. Another option is to use the File-Drawing Area Setup option. You will
> see this tool under the File menu when you have the 2D Model sheet
> activated. It lets you set up a work area that you can draw and dimension
> at 1:1 but scales your text height etc... to match the sheet size.
>
> I've left out a lot of details here. If you want to understand option 2
> then you should read about Drawing Area Setup in the help menu. If you
> part is fairly simple than option 1 works good. A little more details on
> what you are trying to do will help others guide you in the right
> direction.
>
> David
>
>
> "David" wrote in message
> news:45267c10@bbsnotes.ugs.com...
>>I am a complete newbie. I only want to draw a simple outline with
>> dimensions.
>> However I can not get the scale right.
>>
>> I have done the tutorials and tried to find the answer in 'help'.
>>
>> I understand this program is designed for professional use mainly.
>>
>> The items I need to draw are all about 1 inch long.
>>
>> So my dimensions an the parts will be ( example ) 0.020" thou.
>>
>> How do I change the scale. If I zoom in , all it does is make the text
>> huge
>> and there obviously is a
>> simple solution I am missing.
>>
>> I need my 1 inch part to take up the whole page, with dimensions in
>> proportion and print out at the same scale.
>>
>> Thanks,
>>
>> --
>>
>>
>> david.
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>

>
>
>

Re: Scale. Please help......thanks.


This post actually got me somewhere with that frustrating scaling thing! I would
add something to your option 1 though. Once you placed your 2D Model view in your
sheet, its still at 1:1 scale. What you have to do after that is right click the
view you just added in the sheet, click "Properties" and TADA! there's the scaling
options we've all been looking for. Very easy once you know it but this is absolutely
confusing from a newbie point of view and the help does'nt say anything about that
even know this is absolutely basic. Should'nt SE2D put you in the 2D Modeling tab
view right up front instead of in the Sheet view? You tell me!
Anyways I'm an automation specialist and I always had CAD around me without the
need to learn a CAD software myself, but for the little CAD work I have to do myself
I wanted to get into AutoCAD from time to time. This happened yesterday again as
I have to make a gross design for installing overhead cable raceways for a bottling
line. Again, I got discouraged after 15 minutes with AutoCAD. AutoCAD, to me, is
anything BUT intuitive and I think it will always be. I usualy turn to Microsoft
Visio when that happens but I did'nt have it on my laptop. That's when I got into
the free SE2D... MUCH more intuitive although this scale thing set it back a little.
For the little CAD jobs I have to do sometimes, I found Visio to be by far the most
intuitive (I did not test other real CAD softwares so don't kill me for saying that).
I think CAD software should learn from the simplicity Microsoft Visio offers, even
know this software started as a flow chart diagram software and is not an extensive
CAD software. Well gotta go now that I can pursue my work with SE2D. See you at
the next non intuitive, non help-explained basic feature I'm looking for Smiley Wink
Julien
"David Rieschick" wrote:
>David,
>
>You have 2 options (reference the attached images):
>
>1. Draw your geometry at 1:1 scale on the 2D Model sheet. If you don't see
>
>the 2D Model sheet tab at the bottom of your workspace go to the View menu
>
>to activate it. Once you've drawn your geometry at 1:1 scale return to your
>
>front sheet and place a 2D Model View using the button on your left tool
>bar. After selecting this tool SE will jump you to the 2D Model sheet and
>
>you will box in the geometry you want to see in your view. Once you've
>placed your view you can scale it to fit your sheet. The dimenions will be
>
>correct regardless of your view scale.
>
>2. Another option is to use the File-Drawing Area Setup option. You will
>
>see this tool under the File menu when you have the 2D Model sheet
>activated. It lets you set up a work area that you can draw and dimension
>
>at 1:1 but scales your text height etc... to match the sheet size.
>
>I've left out a lot of details here. If you want to understand option 2
>then you should read about Drawing Area Setup in the help menu. If you part
>
>is fairly simple than option 1 works good. A little more details on what
>
>you are trying to do will help others guide you in the right direction.
>
>David
>
>
>"David" wrote in message
>news:45267c10@bbsnotes.ugs.com...
>>I am a complete newbie. I only want to draw a simple outline with
>> dimensions.
>> However I can not get the scale right.
>>
>> I have done the tutorials and tried to find the answer in 'help'.
>>
>> I understand this program is designed for professional use mainly.
>>
>> The items I need to draw are all about 1 inch long.
>>
>> So my dimensions an the parts will be ( example ) 0.020" thou.
>>
>> How do I change the scale. If I zoom in , all it does is make the text
>> huge
>> and there obviously is a
>> simple solution I am missing.
>>
>> I need my 1 inch part to take up the whole page, with dimensions in
>> proportion and print out at the same scale.
>>
>> Thanks,
>>
>> --
>>
>>
>> david.
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>

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