Author Topic: FURNITURE BLOCK SCALE  (Read 1343 times)


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« on: July 19, 2016, 12:47:14 pm »
Do I need to make sure that the scale is set to 1-1 as I am creating the block? Or does it not matter as long as it says annotative?


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« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2016, 05:39:56 pm »
Hi Cheyes3:

With blocks, if you are making a block as an object that will go within your drawing, like a floor plan, and it will always be the same size and needs to be scaled along with your drawing (for example a chair, or a desk, a door or window, etc. ) you can make the block as non-annotative. This way it will be the size that you created it to be on your drawing in model space and it will stay proportional and accurately scaled along with your drawing inside of your viewports.

If you are making a block of an object that needs to be plotted at a certain size on your paper (paper space height) REGARDLESS of the scale of your floor plan (in other words, the object will not zoom larger or smaller in your viewport along with the drawing), then you can make the block annotative. An example of that type of object might be a notation or symbol that you might want to place on your paper, outside of the floor plan and separate from it...like a logo for example, for your title block...

Most of your blocks will be non-annotative, because they really don't have to be. They go along with the drawing and need to scale up and down proportionally WITH it. When you create a non-annotative block, and you insert it into your drawing, it will be the size that you created it to be....

In the INSERT box, when you insert a non-annotative block, you will see that there is a center box that says SCALE. It defaults to 1:1 for your X, Y and Z axis...which means that the block will come in exactly as you drew it. It will not be stretched or elongated in the X, Y or Z direction. You also have a rotation option too, which allows you to specify the rotation by typing it in the box, or by rotating the block on your screen (the "specify on screen" option is the default setting here as well). So, even with a non-annotative block, you can scale it, or stretch it if you like as you insert it into your drawing.

In the INSERT box, when you insert an annotative block, you will see that the preview of the block has the little triangular annotative symbol, and the scale and rotation options are the same. The only difference is that you would need to set the annotative scale at the bottom right of your AutoCAD screen FIRST before you insert the block, to allow it to show up inside of a viewport of that scale. For example, if you want to see the block appear in a 1/8" scaled viewport on one of your layout pages, but not appear in another 1/4" scaled viewport on another layout page, you would set the scale to 1/8" at the bottom right area of your AutoCAD screen FIRST, before you insert the block.

Non-annotative blocks appear in EVERY viewport no matter what the scale is (just as your drawing of your building does), unless you have set your layer manager with that particular layer set to "do not plot" or "freeze" in the VP FREEZE column.

I hope that helps answer the question!...So, if you are making regular, non-annotative blocks, you do not need to worry about setting the annotative scale first, but if you are making annotative blocks, yes...you do need to set the annotative scale first.