AutoCAD Electrical offers us the option of printing our entire project with a click of a button. The only thing is, it seams we must set up every single pages with the proper setting of printer and pages. One of the reasons that offer this confusion, is because when we fall to the generic list of paper sizes by ACADe we get an option of 17 pages, which half of them we never heard of. With this article I will show you how to plot a project.
As an Application Engineer I’ve notice that most company’s design in model space and plot to fit. These steps are design for if you have everything in model space and have not set up your printer yet.
In the “Batch Plotting Option and Order” a pick list is offered for the layout tabs that are available in the active drawing. If your project is setup in different tab you will see this tool is not the best for you. Since we did set up any page format or plotter will use the Model tab.
The plotter need to be selected, I would suggest that you have a pc3 file of your plotter before you proceed to these step.
To make sure everything is plotted to your likings, you will need to modify your configuration of our plot. Select the Detailed Plot Configuration mode.
One thing to keep in mind when we are selecting the orientation, plot Area and plot to scale, all the pages will have that same setting. If you have half of the sheet drawn in portrait and the other half in landscape I would suggest 2 plot projects, with the selection of the proper sheet. The orientation default is landscape.
Paper size, this is where the generic list is important. The previous article show’s you how to update your list of paper size. Once you select the “Pick from generic list” select your paper size.
If you created a Pen style I would strongly suggested that you use it, because you didn’t create a layer standard for nothing.
Once all your settings are to your liking, select ON. Once back to the “Batch Plotting Option and Order” you will see next to the Detailed Plot Configuration mode ON or OFF. If it reads OFF, that means you haven’t selected ON.
Then you have the option to plot in normal sequence or in reverse order.
Congratulations you’ve plotted your entire project.
If you are interested in doing the same but to create individual DWF file format in “Batch Plotting Option and Order” select the plot to file and type in the folder location or leave it blank for default folder drawing. One thing you will notice is that the DWF will have an extension pc3.dwf but at least then won’t overwrite each other as they get created.
Have a safe plotting,