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Probably a basic question: Setting up units when pasting multiple entities in from supplied drawings

Probably a basic question: Setting up units when pasting multiple entities in from supplied drawings

Probably a basic question: Setting up units when pasting multiple entities in from supplied drawings

I've been given 4 plant layouts and am tasked with merging them all together. I noticed that the 4 layouts have been scaled differently and drawn with different softwares. I would like to setup my units as Inches in my main drawing, and then manually scale each plant to be in the same units as my main drawing. I also want to make sure that as I dimension, everything is dimensioning in inches. I'm asking this for the reasons below.

- I scaled one of my drawings and it was like looking at an ant on the floor compared to the other plant.
- Even though I switched my dimension style to inches, when I dimension something I'm certain is scaled properly, it shows the wrong dimension(Ex. As measured, 9,0. As scaled 36")

Brandon LaSota
CAD Engineer

RE: Probably a basic question: Setting up units when pasting multiple entities in from supplied drawings

As far as I am aware, the base units of your drawing depends on what template you start the drawing with. (Ex. The standard ansi template will start with feet and inches while the standard iso template will start with millimeters as the base unit.)

You can always figure out what unit system is in use in the drawing by drawing a line 12 units long, dimensioning it, and then turning on the dual dimension option for that dimension. The value of the dual dimension should allow you to figure out what the base unit system is.

The second problem sounds like you have changed the scale factor on the dimension itself.
Options/Drafting Styles/Dimension/Linear Dimension/Scale Factor
If you change this value from 1 then it will give you a wrong measured dimension. (In your example you would have a scale factor of 4.)

Hope some of that helps

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