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Plot Scales for the Paper Space Zoom XP in AutoCAD and IntelliCAD

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I have added here the rule of thumb for choosing the right plot scale for a drawing in AutoCAD or IntelliCAD. N.B. The Paper Space should be set for a plot scale 1:1 or 1 mm = 1 drawing units. Then in the Paper Space activate the Object Space Window and do a "zoom 5xp".

Plot scale 10:1 5:1 2:1 1:1 1:2 1:5 1:10 1:20 1:25 1:50 1:100 1:200 1:250 1:500 1:1000 1:2000 1:5000

Drawing units mm cm m 10xp 100xp 10000xp 5xp 50xp 5000xp 2xp 20xp 2000xp 1xp 10xp 1000xp 0.5xp 5xp 500xp 0.2xp 2xp 200xp 0.1xp 1xp 100xp 0.05xp 0.5xp 50xp 0.04xp 0.4xp 40xp 0.02xp 0.2xp 20xp 0.01xp 0.1xp 10xp 0.005xp 0.05xp 5xp 0.004xp 0.04xp 4xp 0.002xp 0.02xp 2xp 0.001xp 0.01xp 1xp 0.0005xp 0.005xp 0.5xp 0.0002xp 0.002xp 0.2xp

The rule is very simple: "zoom" (millimetres in one drawing unit) x (scale) "xp"

For exemple: if I draw in centimetres (10 mm each) and I want to print at 1:50, I will do a "zoom": (10) x (1/50) = 10/50 = "0.2xp" or even directly "10/50xp" Other exemple: if I draw in metres (1000 mm each) and I want to print at 1:200, I will do a "zoom": (1000) x (1/200) = 1000/200 = "5xp" or even directly "1000/200xp"

If you cannot memorize this simple rule, you can print the reference table on this page. Memo: The shortcut command for zooming is usually "z", so write simply "z