Exercise 123

Modelspace & Paperspace in AutoCAD

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Today we will explore the difference between Modelspace and Paperspace in AutoCAD. You have been modeling everything (for Exercise 121 & 122) in modelspace at full scale. When you need to plot, however, you will need to scale your work to an appropriate architectural scale. Paperspace is the place in AutoCAD where you do these scaling operations and layout work.

Part I:

  • Open the model you worked with in Exercise 121 & 122 (This should be your Assignment 105 drawing).
  • At the bottom of the page, you will see a tab for “Model” (probably black) and several other tabs (likely labeled Layout1, Layout2, etc.). Click on the Layout1 tab.
  • In the Layout1 tab, you will notice the screen will change from a black background to a white background. The white “paper” represents the size of paper you will plot. Your objects will be show scaled inside a viewport.

Part II: Page Setup Manager

  • Right click on the “Layout1” tab and select “Page Setup Manager...”
  • In the Page Setup Manager window, click on the “Modify” button. Now choose “DWG to PDF.pc3” as the printer name and select “Arch D” as the paper size. The “Scale” should be set at 1:1. Please also change the “Plot Style Table” to be “acad.ctb” and check the box for “Display Plot Styles.” Click “Ok” and then “Close.”

Part III: Viewports

  • Select the existing viewport and type properties to bring up the properties window. Change the standard scale to be 1/4”=1’ and then change “Display Locked” to Yes. (You may need to adjust your scale if you cannot fit your drawings onto one page).
  • Re-size your viewport to include your whole floor plan (click on the viewport, then click on each corner to move it).
    • Note: You can move the viewport just like any normal object.
  • Create a new viewport by clicking on the “Viewports, Rectangular” button and drawing a rectangle of an appropriate size. Adjust the scale as done previously and adjust the viewport to show the South Elevation.
  • Copy & Paste the South Elevation and type mvsetup to enter the viewport setup command. Click on Align or type A, then select Rotate View or type R. Now click on a base point within the viewport you just pasted and then type 90 for the rotation value. Use the pan tool to adjust the placement of your drawing within the viewport.
  • Repeat for each of the other elevation views.
    • Note: The rotation angle will increase with each rotation (so first rotation is 90, second is 180, third is 270).

Part IV: Final Layout

  • Adjust placement of your elevations so that they are aligned. You can also adjust line weights as appropriate.
  • Click on the Plot button to create a .pdf of your layout. Save this layout to your flash drive.
  • Post your work to the course website by the end of class today. You may wish to make a .jpg image to use as your featured image. You should comment on this exercise.