AutoCAD is the industry leader in 2D drafting workflows for professional designers. One thing all design professions have in common is the need to output their designs in ways that communicate the design intent to those who will build them. More often than not, the output media is either hard copy paper drawings or .pdf files. You can document design work by creating a title block in AutoCAD with attributes to define important information. A title block identifies the drawings, who drew them, dates of publication and any revisions.
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Draw a border using the Line tool. Draw it 3/8 to 1/2 inch smaller than the sheet size to be sure it does not get cropped off if outside the printable area of the page.
Draw the lines that serve to bind and separate the title block data. A popular option is to have the first 2 to 3 inches of the right edge of the sheet contain the title block. Make sure it is consistent from sheet to sheet within a set of drawings.
Create attributes. Attributes are like tags, or smart text. These attributes automatically put a default value in the space rather than inserting new text into each sheet to define the drawing number, sheet name, author, etc., You can then edit them on a sheet by sheet basis.
Select all the elements, lines and attributes that will make up your title block. In the command bar, key in the value "wblock," which brings up the "Write Block" command. This will allow you to save the title block as an external file so it can be inserted in future AutoCAD drawings and sheets. Choose a file name and location to save the file, and the title block is created.
Create a new AutoCAD sheet. Key in "Insert," browse for your title block file and insert it onto the sheet. Edit the attributes you created for the title block and it will automatically populate the fields with your data.
Create the Title Block
Select the "Draw" menu, then "Block," then "Define Attributes" to open the Attributes dialogue box, which will allow you to create the tags mentioned in the first section of this article.
Choose the "Verify" mode in the first section of the dialogue. This will create an attribute that has a default value as a placeholder, and will prompt you to enter specific information when you insert the title block.
Fill in the "Tag," "Prompt" and "Value" boxes. The "Tag" is the title of the attribute, which can be
"Author," "Date" or "Drawing Number." "Prompt" is the text that reminds you what to enter, such as "Who Drew This?" "What is the Issue Date?" and "What is the Drawing Number?" Finally, the "Value" box is for the default value that is the placeholder until you fill in specific data like "ABC" (the initials of drawing author), "January 1, 2011," or "A1.01A."
Complete the text settings and style information that formats the attribute. This will set how the text displays on your title block. You can customise this however you choose.
Check the "Specify On Screen" option for Attribute Insertion Point. When you click "OK" in the dialogue, it prompts you to select a location for the attribute. Place the attribute where you want it to show on your title block and repeat as necessary for all required information.
Creating AutoCAD Attributes
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