Chapter 10. Using Dimensions

Dimensions are a key part of technical drawing and drafting. You could almost say that dimensions are the reason we produce CAD drawings in the first place, since they convey critical information about our designs. Before the days of AutoCAD, we used dimensions to communicate specific proportions of a design. Now we can use temporary dimensions to help keep track of critical measurements in a drawing.

Adding dimensions to your drawing is fairly easy. In this chapter, I'll discuss the types of dimensions available and how to apply them to your drawing. One of the trickier aspects of dimensioning in AutoCAD is to understand scale factors. Just as with text, you have to apply a scale factor to your dimensions before they ...

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