how to print at scale 1:50 in AutoCAD 2011?

I have had problems trying to view a site plan at 1:50 in AutoCAD 2011. The view is either too small or too large and I don’t know what to do. I’ve tried setting the scale in page setup manager to prepare printing for ARCH D 24″X36″ and with plot scale of 1:50. What am I doing wrong and how do I get a decent view on paper?

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2 Responses to how to print at scale 1:50 in AutoCAD 2011?

  1. Maurizio says:

    I use metric system (mm, meters). Autocad scale 1:50 is equal to 1:50 real scale only if I drawing in mm. If my drawing is in meter (1000 mm = 1 m), i use scale 20:1 for obtain 1:50 real scale because 1:(50:1000) = 1:0.05 is 20:1 (1 meter in scale 1:50 is 20 mm on paper)
    1000 is ratio from my units (meter) and units of paper (mm) Example A3 sheet is 420×297 mm

    If you use inch / ft problem is same. If you have paper sheet in inch size, only if you use units=inch Autocad scale 1:50 = real scale 1:50. if you use another units scale Autocad must be correct of ratio from your units and inch

  2. Bong says:

    You must first figure out how large is your drawing. You might have set the correct scale but the drawing is just too large for it. Scale of 1:50 is normally used for details like column/footings or other parts of a building. Site Plans normally would be plotted to 1:100 or smaller.

    If you draw in meters, try to establish a reference scale preferably 1:100 and try to draw a rectangle representing the plot area of your papersize on the drawing. Convert units for consistency then compare the papersize to your drawing. The idea of having a 1:100 ref. scale is that 1cm(10mm) on your ruler represents a meter and from that convention, you resize your paper changing units to meter.

    Ex. 24″x36″ is equivalent to 60cmx90cm, so you’re going to draw 60m x 90m rectangle (with respect to 1:100 scale). Then, offset the rectangle inwards with value equal to your prefered margin to get the plot area. You can then trial-resize your drawing until it fits the plot area and when you get the correct scale factor, then you can obtain the correct plot scale to be used.

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