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    How to print out a drawing

    Hey guys,

    I have a small project, 6inch by 6inch square. Material is 3/4" thick. Not that the thickness maters.

    Is there a program that I can draw the holes on and print it out? Then just lay the template onto the metal and punch the centers on?

    I would want the drawing to be actual size. I have never done that before and don't know if it already exists?

    Thanks!
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    Re: How to print out a drawing

    Quote Originally Posted by Joker11 View Post
    Hey guys,

    I have a small project, 6inch by 6inch square. Material is 3/4" thick. Not that the thickness maters.

    Is there a program that I can draw the holes on and print it out? Then just lay the template onto the metal and punch the centers on?

    I would want the drawing to be actual size. I have never done that before and don't know if it already exists?

    Thanks!
    I believe in photoshop you can print to size.

    There is a way to do it in sketchup. But I am not sure how.

    I'm sure if sketchup can do it solidworks definitely can.



    Edit: I figured it out on sketchup. If you want to provide me a rough sketch on paper of the dimensions I can draw it up for you and send you a copy. I'm sure there is a way to save it to scale on standard paper size.
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    Re: How to print out a drawing

    With a project that small, what's preventing you from marking out on the steel ?

    Just curious is all.
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    Re: How to print out a drawing

    You might try LibreCAD. Its free. http://librecad.org/cms/home.html
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    Re: How to print out a drawing

    qcad is free
    inkscape is free
    draft site is free
    fusion360 is free
    there were a few others but i forgot
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    Re: How to print out a drawing

    Quote Originally Posted by Mick120 View Post
    With a project that small, what's preventing you from marking out on the steel ?

    Just curious is all.

    Well, I am not that good at doing layouts. I can do it. It just isn't 2nd nature to me. I figured it would be a big time saver to just print it out and transfer the pattern.
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    Re: How to print out a drawing

    I downloaded librecad. Will try that and see.
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    Re: How to print out a drawing

    I would use inkscape or draftsight. There are a few tutorials for draftsight that do shapes like you're talking about in the tutorials.
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    Re: How to print out a drawing

    Holy crap, I don't know anything. I can't even figure out how to draw a box yet.
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    Re: How to print out a drawing

    welp, gonna have to lay it out on the metal. I can not figure out how to use that librecad.
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    Re: How to print out a drawing

    I had to buy draftsight in order to force myself to learn it. Still took a year to learn...I finally realized it was easier to learn on projects than studying how to use it.

    It is convenient. Not necessarily time saving on everything.

    Perhaps somebody will do it for you?

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    Re: How to print out a drawing

    I think you will get allot more from Sketchup. There are an enormous amount of tutorials on most every subject imaginable. Printing to scale is a piece of cake as well.
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    Re: How to print out a drawing

    I figured out the basics. It really is not easy at all. There are a lot of command lines you need to learn. I was expecting something totally different. My son said AutoCad is a lot easier. I guess you get what you pay for? Like all things. But for a simple 2D 6inch square with 5 holes in it, it is a LOT of work. You better have your math pro hat on!
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    Re: How to print out a drawing

    Draftsight is very similar to auto cad, the 2d version is free to download. Most things can be done with the mouse and a few commands.

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    Re: How to print out a drawing

    I use Solid Edge 2D. It's free because Siemens who owns it, really want to sell their full version of Solid Edge that also has 3D modelling and $$$$$ price tag. So the 2D version is their way to get people familiar with their product.

    http://www.plm.automation.siemens.co...2d/index.shtml

    I think it's pretty easy to use and could make a drawing with it immediately after installation.
    No command lines needed, you can work entirely with the mouse.
    That said I have used different kinds of 2D CAD software in the past so the concept wasn't new to me.

    There is some pdf's on the web as well as some youtube videos as well. Unfortunately it easier to find videos for the complex 3D stuff than it is for the simple 2D stuff...

    BTW, the idea to use a cad drawing printed scale 1:1 as a template is something I do from time to time. I think it works great.
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    Re: How to print out a drawing

    Oh boy howdy! It's just me, but just lay your simple (?) need out the old way, before computers! Though others have given you no-cost programs that are capable, I would suggest that the amount of time required to even begin to understand them, let alone use them, is something you only want to do if you want to dedicate lots of time to along with wanting a future payoff. Just like welding, the requirements are steady and frequent use.

    I would like to say, "Send me what you are wanting, and if it is really simple, I'd do it for grins." However, it takes a program that can scale in order for you to print it! You see how this goes? Unless you dedicate, you are on the edge of the rabbit hole.

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    Re: How to print out a drawing

    Simplify things...

    If you have any word type software, just draw a box in correct dimensions.
    Set your document up to same as your paper.
    Then print out with the 'Scale to fit paper ' option switched off...

    No need for cad packages!

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