Including texts and dimensions in your design or project file is vital in engineering drawing. They communicate important information to people and also help you clarify your design intent.
In this article, you will read about the importance of text and dimensions, how you can create them, and how you can customize them by changing their styles to make your engineering drawing unique to yourself.
The purpose of adding text to your drawings is to communicate your intent through your designs rather than having to frame long paragraphs in a separate document.
Whenever you create a drawing, it essential for you to also produce annotations so that your ideas are clear to people who are viewing your designs.
When you navigate to the home tab after opening your AutoCAD desktop application, you can see the TEXT tool represented by a large "A" with "Text" written at the bottom. This tool allows you to create a single-line text or a multi-line text anywhere in the model space.
If you are creating a plan view from the first floor's level, what you can do is create a single-line text below that says "PLAN VIEW – FIRST FLOOR LEVEL".
In doing so, you avoid any miscommunication when your design is circulated among other people involved in the project. Additionally, you can even add callouts to specific elements.
Here's a step-by-step guide to add single-line text:
Unlike the geometry tools, which can be ended using either the ESCAPE key or the ENTER key on your keyboard, the TEXT tool requires you to only enter the ENTER key. Else, the text will not be created in the model space.
The creation of a multi-line text is similar to that of a single-line text.
After pressing enter, you will notice that each line of text is not converted into a separate object like in the single-line text. Here, all the lines of text are a single object or element in the model space.
Multi-line text is particularly useful when you want to add annotations or notes within your design in the model space.
Text styles allow you to control, modify, and personalize your text design. Follow the step-by-step guide below to explore this feature:
Once you have made the changes in the TEXT STYLE window, click on "Apply" to save the changes. Then, you can change your previous texts to the new styles by simply clicking on the text box and changing the style in the ANNOTATE tab, if required.
Dimensions are used to indicate the measurements of each of your design components. When making computer-aided designs with AutoCAD, you can add dimensions either from the HOME or the ANNOTATE tab.
To mark your dimensions, access the DIMENSION tool from either of the tabs mentioned above and select any two points on the objects in your model space. The dimensions will be in the units you have set in your project.
Just like text styles, you can even set up various dimension styles. Here's how:
As you make the changes, you can even see a preview of these changes on the upper right-hand side of the window before you click "Ok" to save them.
In addition to dimension text, you can even control the arrow sizes by navigating to the "Symbols and Arrows" tab in the same window. Here, you can customize arrowheads, arrow size, center marks, dimension break, arc length symbol, radius jog dimension, and linear jog dimensions.
You can even change how the dimension lines appear, modify the tolerance levels, and more.
In this article on the basics of computer-aided design with AutoCAD, you have read comprehensively about text and dimensions. The next article will highlight more aspects of dimension styles and other tools in the ANNOTATE tab of Autodesk AutoCAD.
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