Plotar no cad

Plotar no cad

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Plotting from AutoCAD 2000


This handout takes you through process of plotting an AutoCAD 2000 drawing on one of the black and white printers in the Open Access Computing Labs.

Steps to Follow:

1. Open the drawing that you want to plot in AutoCAD.

Click on Start®ProgramsfiApplicationsfiAutoCAD to open AutoCAD, then click on FilefiOpen and select the drawing file you want to open. Click on Open to open the file once you have selected it.

2. Choose the drawing tab you want to plot.

AutoCAD drawings now have at least two tabs. (See Figures 1 & 2). One tab displays Model Space and is labeled the Model tab, while the other tab or tabs display Paper Space and are labeled Layout 1, Layout 2, and so forth. Click on the tab that you want to plot, so that it is displayed on top of the other tab(s).

Figure 1 – Model Tab

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3. Open the Plot dialogue box

Figure 2 – Layout Tab You can do this either by clicking on the Plotter Icon (See Figure 3) or by choosing

File®Plot from the menu bar. (See Figure 4)

Figure 3: Accessing Plot dialog from Plotter Icon

Note: you can choose other names for your tabs within the Page Setup dialog box in CAD.

Note: Model Space is the CAD display mode in which you draw your AutoCAD drawing.

Paper Space is the display mode in which you set up the arrangement of your drawing on a sheet of paper and insert any title blocks or symbols you want to include on the sheet. Look in the AutoCAD Help menu for more details on Model Space, Paper Space, and the distinctions between the two.

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Figure 4: Accessing Plot dialog from Menu Bar The Plot Dialog Box looks like this:

Figure 5: The Plot Dialog Box We’l be referring to this dialog box throughout the rest of the handout.

Note: When you click on the plotter icon or choose File®Plot, the Fast Track to Plotting Help dialog box may pop up in addition to the Plot dialog box. Click on Yes if you want to immediately browse AutoCAD’s online help files relating to plotting. Otherwise, click on No. You can keep the Fast Track box from redisplaying each time you access the Plot dialog box by checking the ‘do not show dialog box again’ option in the Fast Track window.

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4. Set the tab to plot. Look under the What to Plot heading on the Plot Device tab. Select Current Tab to plot the

tab that is currently displayed in your CAD drawing window

5. Make sure the correct printer is selected.

In the Plot Dialog Box, click on the Plot Device tab, and make sure that the correct printer is highlighted in the box under the Plotter Configuration heading. The names of the printers appropriate for each Open Access Lab are listed below Table 1.

Open Access Lab Printer Name & Path

Table 1: Printer Names & Paths for the Open Access Labs

If the printer listed under Plotter Configuration isn't the right one for the Open Access Lab you're in, scroll down in the Name list under Plotter Configuration until you see the name of the correct printer, and click on that printer. Then click on the Plot Settings tab, and make

Paper Size and Paper Units heading

sure that the name of the printer you've just selected is listed as the Plot Device under the

6. Choose the Paper Size

On the Plot Settings tab, look under the heading Paper size and paper units. Select Letter as the paper size.

7. Choose the Plot Style Table. An AutoCAD Plot Style Table is a file that contains data on how each object in the drawing is to be plotted. At present, the plot style tables recommended for use with the OAL black and white printers are monochrome.ctb and grayscale.ctb. Selecting monochrome.ctb as your plot style table means that all the lines in your drawing will be plotted as black, regardless of the colors they are onscreen. Selecting grayscale.ctb means that the lines in your drawing will be plotted as various shades of gray, depending on their onscreen color. To select a plot style table, look on the Plot Device tab under the Plot Style Table heading. Scroll down the

Name list under Plot Style Table and highlight either monochrome.ctb or grayscale.ctb. If a Question dialog box pops up asking whether to assign the plot style table to all layouts, click Yes.

8. Make sure you're not plotting to a file.

Plotting to file generates a plot file instead of plotting the drawing on a sheet of paper. Look under the Plot to file heading on the Plot Device tab. Make sure the Plot to file box is not


Note: If you want to plot to a file, then check the Plot to file box and type a name for the file in the File name box. Make sure the file name ends with a .plt extension. Then specify the location where CAD should save the plot file in the Location box. Use the … button to browse for a particular directory.

Note: Lineweights are included as a property of Layers in AutoCAD 2000, so it is no longer necessary to set lineweights by pen color within the plot dialog box. If your prefer to set lineweights by pen color, check the AutoCAD Help dialog to find out how to do this.

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9. Set the Drawing orientation. Click on the Plot Settings tab. Under the Drawing Orientation heading, click either Portrait or Landscape to specify how your drawing will be oriented on the page. An illustration of a capital A on a sheet of paper next to the Portrait and Landscape buttons shows the drawing's orientation on the paper. If you want your drawing plotted upside-down from the orientation shown when you've selected Portrait or Landscape, then check the Plot upside-down box. (See Figure 6 below.)

Figure 6: Illustrations of Drawing Orientation

10. Choose the area of the drawing that you want to plot. Look under the Plot area heading on the Plot Settings tab. You will see a list of different settings, each of which instructs CAD to plot a slightly different area of your drawing. Table 2 below explains the functions of each plot area setting option.

If you select… AutoCAD will…

Display Plot the area of the drawing currently displayed onscreen.

Limits Plot all of the drawing – from one set of limits to the other.

(This option is available only when plotting the Model tab.) Extents Plot the area of the drawing that has drawn objects in it.

View Plot a preset view of the drawing. (You must have already created a view for this option to be available.)

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