2-4a TITLE BLOCK WITH ATTRIBUTES


LESSON 2-1

PLANNING A PROJECT - OFFICE FLOOR PLAN

LESSON 2-2

INTRODUCTION TO BLOCKS - CREATING AND INSERTING

LESSON 2-3

ALIGN AND ROTATE

LESSON 2-4

ATTRIBUTES - NON-GRAPHICAL INFORMATION

LESSON 2-5

HATCHING - FILLING AREAS

LESSON 2-6

WORKING WITH TEXT

LESSON 2-7

POLYLINES

LESSON 2-8

LAYOUT TABS / PAPER SPACE

LESSON 2-9

PARAMETRIC CONSTRAINTS

LESSON 2-10

ELEVATION DRAWINGS


Topics covered in this Lesson:

Creating a Title Block with Attributes in AutoCAD

 

One of the things that every drawing needs is a title block. This provides vital information about the drawing when it is printed. Some of the data that makes up a title block is who draw it, what day it was published, revision number, etc. Every drawing at the professional level will have one. For those that aren't familiar with the term, here is sample one below that is included with AutoCAD.

 

Sample Title Block

 

The title block for this exercise will be designed for an 11"x17" sheet. If you want to make it smaller to fit an 8-1/2"x11" sheet, adjust it as needed. You should be familiar with blocks and attributes before continuing.

 

Start by drawing a rectangle 16.25" x 10.25. This will give you .375 space on all four sides. Here's the complete title block dimensions, or you can draw in the sections shown below.

 

Copy the section below into the top right corner of the title bar. This area is used for tracking revisions.

 

Title Block

 

The green lines are used to create reference points for your text. You could also use the M2P Osnap. They are a midpoint that is used for positioning Middle-Centre text. For this section, text is RomanS, 0.125" tall and Middle-Centre justified.

 

Now draw the bottom right section of the title block. Here is a link to a larger image with the details:

Bottom right corner of the title block detail: tb_bottom.gif. The text is 0.065" tall.

 

Title Block

 

Now comes the fun part, adding the attributes. Use this image as a reference for the positioning of the attributes, and the table below for the contents. You will want to create text styles for the different text below.

 

TAG

PROMPT

DEFAULT VALUE

FONT

HEIGHT

JUSTIFY

PROJECT

What PROJECT is this?

PROJECT NAME

RomanS

0.25

Middle Center

TITLE

What is the TITLE?

TITLE

RomanS

0.25

Middle Center

LOGO

What are your INITIALS?

ABC

RomanD

0.75

Middle Center

PAPER

What size paper are you using?

A3     ( info)

RomanS

0.125

Middle Left

FILENAME

What is the FILENAME?

C:/XXXXX.DWG

RomanS

0.125

Middle Left

REVISION

What REVISION is this?

-

RomanS

0.125

MIddle Left

SCALE

What SCALE is this printed at?

1"=XX"

RomanS

0.125

Middle Left

DRAFTER

WHO drew this?

J. Smith

RomanS

0.125

Middle Left

SHEET

What SHEET is this?

X / X

RomanS

0.125

Middle Left

NOTE1

First NOTE

Note

RomanS

0.1875

Middle Center

NOTE2

Second Note

Note 2

RomanS

0.1875

Middle Center

 

Once all you attributes are created, they should look something like this. You can always move them to get them in the correct spots.

 

Title Block Attributes

 

Once all the attributes are in place, you can create your block. Remember when selecting attributes for a block, you have to select them order. Create it as an External block (WBLOCK) so that you can insert it in other drawings.

 

Now that you have a title block, you can go into a layout tab and insert it. Answer all the prompts when they come up (look at the command line). Your completed title block should look something like this:

 

Complete Title Block

 

You can now use this as a template for other size sheets, or for horizontal or portrait layouts. Just explode the block, draw the new border lines and re-create the block. For example, you may only have a printer that does 8-1/2 x 11 prints - so create a title block for that size. For more practice, you can create a second block for filling in the revision information at the top.

 

 

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