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AUTOKAD

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text size arghhh!
« on: January 28, 2009, 03:04:39 PM »
the text size that i believe is the standard size is 3/32" for notes, dims, etc..sometimes a co-worker of mine uses 5/16". and this could be for floor plans or 11x17 details. some say its too big, some say its too small..but i just want ask, what is really the good or the correct text size? what do you use or what is globally use by all cad users out there. what is the standard?

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Re: text size arghhh!
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2009, 03:12:48 PM »
What I was taught in school was 1/8", but for most places I have worked they used 3/32", unless it was work for the VA then it was 1/8".
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Re: text size arghhh!
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2009, 03:29:46 PM »
When I was working for Govt contractors it was 5/32".  Today we use 3/32" in the cabinet shop.

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Re: text size arghhh!
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2009, 04:19:29 PM »
.09375 for standard text
.125 for subtitle text
.1875 for title text

Straight from the Cad Standards Manual for a major electrical company.

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Re: text size arghhh!
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2009, 04:34:36 PM »
I use 1/12" or 0.0833" which is close to 3/32" (0.09375") only slightly smaller.

That way what ever the scale of the drawing is i can easy calculate the text height by reversing the fraction.
Saves me from memorizing a text/scale chart.

ie.
1"=1'-0" is 1
1/8"=1'-0" is 8
1/4"=1'-0" is 4
3/32"=1'-0" is 32/3
3/8"=1'-0" is 8/3
1"=20'-0" is 20
etc...

Titles are twice the size of the above.
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chauny274

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Re: text size arghhh!
« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2009, 11:25:06 AM »
We do work for 4 different chemical plants around here and they are all 3/32" for 11x17 and 1/8" for 24x36 drawings.

I don't know anyone who thinks 3/32 is too big for 11x17, seems just right to me....

James Cannon

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Re: text size arghhh!
« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2009, 11:34:14 AM »
3/32 = regular text and dims
5/32 = title text


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Re: text size arghhh!
« Reply #7 on: May 04, 2009, 11:47:00 AM »
3/32" for general notes / text / dims
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Bob Wahr

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Re: text size arghhh!
« Reply #8 on: May 04, 2009, 12:19:23 PM »
We use 3/32" unless 1/8" is required.

Birdy

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Re: text size arghhh!
« Reply #9 on: May 04, 2009, 01:03:33 PM »
used to always be 3/32.
now everything is 2.8
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Re: text size arghhh!
« Reply #10 on: May 04, 2009, 02:46:11 PM »
I recall the old standard for hand-drawn drawings was 1/8".  With cad, the legibility is better so a common standard is 5/32"

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Re: text size arghhh!
« Reply #11 on: May 04, 2009, 02:47:04 PM »
Make that 3/32", not 5/32"

Kate M

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Re: text size arghhh!
« Reply #12 on: May 04, 2009, 03:12:29 PM »
I still like 3/32" for regular text and 3/16" for titles. But the National Parks Service uses 0.13" and 0.17" because they like to print half-size files (so much so that they don't allow text scale on drawings, only graphic ones), and the Smithsonian uses 3.2mm and 6.4mm.

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Re: text size arghhh!
« Reply #13 on: May 07, 2009, 06:59:28 PM »
the Standard is...

there is No One Standard!
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Re: text size arghhh!
« Reply #14 on: May 07, 2009, 07:02:29 PM »
the Standard is...

there is No One Standard!

Exceptions don't mean there isn't a rule of thumb.