These days, computers are used instead of pencil and paper to draw what most people know as blueprints. This process is called Computer Aided Drafting, or CAD. Regardless of the project you are working on, creating a title block is an essential step in building a set of drawings using CAD. The following steps are based on Autodesk's AutoCAD 2010 software but also apply to older and newer versions of AutoCAD. To simplify the process, all drawings will be created in Model space, with only the default layer 0. Following these steps, you will end up with a standard Arch D sized title block, which is 36-inches by 24-inches.
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Things you need
- Computer workstation
- AutoCAD 2010 software
- My Templates folder located on your hard disk drive (C:)
In Windows, click the Start button and select My Computer or double-click the icon on the desktop.
Double click the Local Disk (C:) hard drive icon.
Right-click and create a new folder named "My Templates." The title block will be saved to this location.
Open the AutoCAD software. The default blank Drawing1.dwg file should open automatically.
Type in units at the command line, then hit Enter to launch the Drawing Units dialogue box.
Use the drop-down menus to set the Type to Architectural and the Precision to 0'-0 1/256", then click OK to close the dialogue box.
Type in rectangle at the command line, then hit Enter to draw a rectangle. The software will prompt you through the process.
Type in 0,0 at the command line and hit Enter to specify that as the first point for your rectangle. Type the letter d at the command line and hit Enter to specify the dimensions of your rectangle. Type in 36 inches for the length, then hit Enter. Type in 24 inches for the width and hit Enter. Left-click with your mouse anywhere above the horizontal X plane to complete your rectangle.
Type in zoom at the command line, if needed, and hit Enter. Type in the letter e and hit Enter to zoom out so the rectangle will be completely visible.
Draw the sheet margin by typing offset into the command line and hitting Enter. Type 0.5" into the command line to specify the offset distance and hit Enter. Left-click on the rectangle once, then left-click inside of the rectangle to offset it. This creates the margin that you should keep all of your drawings contained within. Hit the escape key to deselect the rectangle and exit the command.
Repeat the rectangle command to draw three rectangles inside of the margins for the text that will be contained in your title block. Begin in the lower right corner and make your first rectangle 3-inches wide by 5-inches tall. Start the next rectangle at the top right corner of the first one and make it 3-inches wide by 15-inches tall. Make the third rectangle starting at the top right corner of the second rectangle and make it 3-inches wide by 5-inches tall.
Use the mtext and rotate commands to create text inside of these rectangles as needed for your sheet number, project title and any other pertinent information.
Title Block Creation
Save the drawing once as a drawing (dwg) file and once as a drawing template (dwt) file into the My Templates folder. The template file can then be selected when you create new drawings in the future.
Set up all of the layers, text styles, dimension styles, table styles, plot styles and block definitions you would like inside of the template file. This way, they will be ready to use the next time you open the file.
Determine how you want to utilise the sheet in AutoCAD. You can choose to copy the file into your project folders and rename it, or open it in AutoCAD and Save As however many times is needed to build your set of drawings. You can also start a new drawing in AutoCAD and select the template (dwt) version of the file. Or you can choose to use the default blank Drawing1.dwg file that opens automatically, then type insert at the command line to insert the sheet as a block into Model or Paper space.
Tips and warnings
- Use the Help menu to research additional commands and software functionality such as using attributed blocks, fields and the sheet set manager in your drawing to create more powerful text objects.
- Research how to add your title blocks to tool palettes so you can simply drag and drop them into your drawings in the future and learn how to build your drawings in paper or layout space as well. AutoCAD is very advanced and often has several alternative ways to achieve the same results.
- Utilise the same process and commands to create additional title blocks in other sizes as needed. Some other common sheet sizes are 17- by 11-inches, 42- by 30-inches and 48- by 36-inches.
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