I have been asked to review our companies new drafting standards manual. We use AutoCAD and generally use either B-size or D-size templates in AutoCAD to create the drawings. We always print out our hard copies as B-size prints. The guy writing the manual specified that text should be created at .12 inches high in AutoCAD when creating a B-size drawing and at .14 inches high in AutoCad when creating D-size drawings. When we print the D-size drawing out on a B-size piece of paper, the text actually measures only about .07 inches tall. To me that seems kind of small. Is there an industry standard for minimum text height printed out on a B-size (11x17) inch piece of paper? Also, I like to draw everything 1 to 1 and scale the drawing border to what ever fits nicely over the drawing, but the drafting department says it more important to keep the borders consistent and scale the drawing to fit the border. Which way is more standard? We state on our drawings that they conform to ASME Y14.100-2000. Also our drafting manual states that you need many different layers for solid lines, hidden lines, text, dimensions, the border,etc. Is there a real requirement for so many layers?
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