MVSETUP New Drawing from scratch

In an open session of AutoCAD, Open the Application Menu (the Application Menu is the big-red-A in the upper-left).

In the Application Menu:
Click NEW→Drawing
                a dialog box will open (these are available templates {.dwt} to choose from)
                Choose the acad.dwt — This should be the default

  • Save and name your new drawing.

MVSETUP = MultiView Setup
                MVSETUP offers two different setup options depending on whether  you are in Model Space or in a Layout (Paper Space).

  • In Model Space – you set the units type, drawing scale factor, and paper size at the Command prompt using MVSETUP. Using the settings you provide, a rectangular border is drawn at the grid limits.
  • In Paper Space – you can insert one of several predefined title blocks into the drawing and create a set of layout viewports within the title block. You can specify a global scale as the ratio between the scale of the title block in the layout and the drawing on the Model tab. The Model tab is most useful for plotting multiple views of a drawing within a single border.

For ACC students, use MVSETUP in Model Space
                No           (to not create a new layout tab – we will do this in another lesson)
                A             (Architectural units)
                48           (Scale factor – common arch. scale factor is ¼” = 1’-0”
                24           Width – see table below for paper size.  (ex. 24 X 18 = C Size)
                                Since we are printing in “landscape” mode, we enter the bigger number of the paper size first
                18           Length – Smaller number from the list below


Once MVSETUP is finished, it will show a rectangle. This is the area where your grid will show up if you have the grid on. This box is pretty much useless so just erase it. You will not need it.
From here, set up dimension styles, text styles, layer…
If these settings will used in other drawings here are two suggestions, the first of which is recommended because it is less error prone.
1) After creating the desired settings, do a save-as and save it as a .dwt. All of the settings that you created will be saved.
2) After using this drawing, open it and erase all objects. The settings will remain but you will have to hunt down the objects        that need to be erased in layouts and xrefs ….


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This blog serves as a knowledge base for myself (and anyone else) so that I can reference tips & tricks that I have learned and also refer others to it as well. I hope that this blog helps you learn at least one tip to make your drafting/design experience better.
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