[Solved] Setting units and scale on .dxf file

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Noel
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[Solved] Setting units and scale on .dxf file

Post by Noel » Fri Apr 24, 2020 7:16 am

Noel...new to QCAD v3.24 using Win10.
Hello...
Sucessfully loaded .dxf created in another app but units are way off. I've played with print preview, drawing preferences, app preferences, changing units from/to etc etc but cannot get a result. I know that some of these changes apply to new drawings vs current.
1. How do I see what the current units are ?( currently a line is 5700 somethings)
2. How do I change the units and scaling to match actual ( in this case about 5700 somethings is c500mm )

PS why do I want to do this? I'm creating real life paper patterns, scanning to .pdf, converting to .dxf using another app, then opening in QCAD to manipulate.

Thank you.
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Re: Setting units and scale on .dxf file

Post by Husky » Fri Apr 24, 2020 7:39 am

Hello - welcome to the QCAD forum.
Noel wrote:
Fri Apr 24, 2020 7:16 am
1. How do I see what the current units are ?( currently a line is 5700 somethings)
Below Menu / Edit / Drawing Preferences you will find the actual used units. Changing the unit will only change the name!
Noel wrote:
Fri Apr 24, 2020 7:16 am
2. How do I change the units and scaling to match actual ( in this case about 5700 somethings is c500mm )
Following your description it could be that you have to convert the drawing unit to another one or even scale the drawing.
If you could post the drawing or at least an example drawing which shows the same issue then our help would be way more efficient ... :wink:
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Re: Setting units and scale on .dxf file

Post by Noel » Fri Apr 24, 2020 8:12 am

Husky...thanks for the reply.
Yes, scaling the whole drawing is probably the answer.
How do I do that?
Thanks
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Re: Setting units and scale on .dxf file

Post by Husky » Fri Apr 24, 2020 8:31 am

Noel wrote:
Fri Apr 24, 2020 8:12 am
Yes, scaling the whole drawing is probably the answer.
Not sure about that because somebody draw the drawing with a unit in mind ...
Noel wrote:
Fri Apr 24, 2020 8:12 am
How do I do that?
determe the scale factor (5400/500?)
Select the whole drawing,
launch the scale tool (SZ),
select a useful reference point,
fill out the dialog like this one,

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confirm the dialog with ok - done.
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Re:[solved] Setting units and scale on .dxf file

Post by Noel » Fri Apr 24, 2020 10:37 am

Solved with thanks

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