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How to Print a full scale drawing

mitch_b708mitch_b708 Member Posts: 16
I've just started using OS. I've drawn a shape on a plane and would like to print it. The overall dimensions of the shape are about 13" x 25" and it must therefore be printed across multiple sheets of paper at full scale. Is there any way to do this. When I try to print, It just print a part of the picture on one page.

I'm using Safari 12.1.2. Mac OS 10.14.6 (Mojave)

thanks,

Mitch

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  • wayne_sauderwayne_sauder Member, Simulation EVP Posts: 293 PRO
    edited December 2021
    @mitch_b708
    I'm not sure what options you have with mac or your printer. Here is one way that I have done it. Download your sheet as a pdf, then open in Adobe and select print, if you have the options as shown in my screenshot set it and print, then trim your paper and tape it together. Convoluted? :# Yes, will it get you what you need? in some situations.  :/



  • mitch_b708mitch_b708 Member Posts: 16
    That's a great idea and I have figured out how to create a drawing of a part. 
    For reference, these are my two parts. I want to create the drawing of the FACE of one of the parts, so I can print it out, trace it onto a piece of wood, then cut it out. 

    What I want is a drawing normal to the face of a part. Is there a way to do that?

    Thanks again,

    Mitch
  • mitch_b708mitch_b708 Member Posts: 16
    Great idea. @wayne_sauder. I have a followup question. 
    I want to print the drawing, and use it as a template for cutting a piece of wood to that shape. The shape is tilted and I can't figure out how to create a drawing that is normal to the face of the shape.
    Is there a way to create a drawing that is normal to a selected face? Whenever I try to create a drawing from a part the drawing is tilted a little.

  • mitch_b708mitch_b708 Member Posts: 16
    Thanks @wayne_sauder. Worked perfectly.

  • wayne_sauderwayne_sauder Member, Simulation EVP Posts: 293 PRO
    @mitch_b708
    Does this help. 


  • mitch_b708mitch_b708 Member Posts: 16
    Ahhhh. Create a named view. Perfect solution. Thanks. 
  • john_smith077john_smith077 Member Posts: 173 ✭✭
    edited March 16
    @mitch_b708
    I'm not sure what options you have with mac or your printer. Here is one way that I have done it. Download your sheet as a pdf, then open in Adobe and select print, if you have the options as shown in my screenshot set it and print, then trim your paper and tape it together. Convoluted? :# Yes, will it get you what you need? in some situations.  :/



    How do I "download a sheet as pdf" ? [I am new!]

    Do I have to create a drawing?

    e.g. If I am in a Part Studio, I can right-click on the name of my Sketch and then either:
    A. Create a Drawing
    B. Or export as DXF/DWG 





  • wayne_sauderwayne_sauder Member, Simulation EVP Posts: 293 PRO
    @john_smith077
    To do what I described here, yes you will need to create a drawing. DXF/DWG are a CAD communication file 
     Think of drawings as your paper if you want it on paper create a drawing. 
  • john_smith077john_smith077 Member Posts: 173 ✭✭
    edited March 19
    @john_smith077
    To do what I described here, yes you will need to create a drawing. DXF/DWG are a CAD communication file 
     Think of drawings as your paper if you want it on paper create a drawing. 
    Thanks Wayne, but: 
    A. Which is better to use DXF or DWG drawing format (plus which version of whichever format should I choose)?
    B. Also how can I make sure that no extra stuff (descriptive boxes etc) is added to the drawing?
    C. Do I then still need converat the drawing format file into a PDF (or can I export directly from OnShape into PDF?

  • wayne_sauderwayne_sauder Member, Simulation EVP Posts: 293 PRO
    edited March 21
    @john_smith077
     I am not sure what your end goal is?
     For myself I never use DXF or DWG for anything. The only time I export that file format is if our laser cutter ask for it, if you use almost any kind of cutter on the market or sent a file to a commercial cutter you will probably need this type of file. And I always use the latest version unless otherwise requested. 
     To create a drawing there is no need to worry about file format as long as you stay inside of Onshape. 
     If I am creating a drawing for the aforementioned workflow, I just choose one of my standard drawing templates and window select the whole page and delete, then insert the part view I want. If doing a lot of it then it may be worth the time to setup a blank template. 
     Yes you can export directly to PDF, right click on the tab containing the drawing select export then set to PDF. 
     I would suggest looking through learning center to gain a better understanding some of these things. 
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