Scaled Dimensions

by Anonymous
(United States)

I often import other drawings in model space, but use the Scale command to size them as needed in my drawing.

If the drawings have been dimensioned using the Dimension command, then all of the dimension numbers will change along with the scale (example, a 1'-0" dimension on a drawing, scaled up by a factor of 5, will now read 5'-0")

If there a way to "freeze" the dimension numbers, so that the dimension will still read 1'-0" no matter is the drawings is scaled up or down?

Thanks.

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Apply a Scale Factor
by: Joseph

If you edit your dimension style's scale factor to reflect the size up, in your case X5, this will be reflected in all the dimensions related to the dimension style.

For example, let's say all your Dimensions are on the Dim Style "Standard", this is what you would do:

Type "D" to bring up the dim style manager.

Click on the "Standard" dim style(or whatever your dim style is named), then click "Modify".

Click the "Primary Units" tab, then change your "Scale factor" appropriately.

In your case if you scaled everything up by 5, then you would enter the reciprocal of 0.2 (1/5). If you scaled up by 10 then you would enter 0.1 (1/10).

That's how I would do it, hope that helps.

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