Unit 4: Basic CAD Drawing Techniques
Most architectural drawings use architectural units. You will ﬁrst learn how to set architecturalunits and precision of units commonly used in architectural CAD drawings. Then you will setup a template drawing. This template drawing will be used in later units to speed up and stan-dardize the drawing process.
Set the architectural display format and precision.
Create template drawings for C and D size paper.
Begin a new drawing by using the template drawing.
Create geometry for a architectural drawing using the coordinate system of data entry.
Most architectural drawings use the architectural type of scale displaying measurements infeet and inches, such as 16’-2”. Even though you will set your units to architectural, AutoCADallows you to use any type of units in your drawing. If it is more convenient to enter informa-tion in decimal, for example, you can change your units at any time. Changing units or enter-ing units in a different format will not affect any other objects in the drawing. A template drawing normally contains values for limits, grid, and snap. After setting the cor-rect units, you will create a template drawing containing the values for limits, grid, and snapcommonly used in a D size architectural drawing.
Section 1: Setting Display Format and Precision (UNITS and DDUNITS)
To set the units, access the Units Control dialog box. This can be accomplished by::
Choose the Format/Units pull-down menu.
prompt. Although AutoCAD has ﬁve different measurement report formats, architectural units are gen-erally used in architectural drafting, as recommended by the American Institute of Architects. AutoCAD can display a maximum of 1/256”. Since decimal is the default type of unit in Auto-CAD, you will have to change the units to architectural using the Units Control dialog box.