March 18

How to Plot AutoCAD Drawings in Windows

How to Plot AutoCAD Drawings in Windows

Matthew Scyoc

How to Plot AutoCAD Drawings in Windows

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Familiarize yourself with Annotative Objects



In this tutorial we will see the steps to to print in drawings AutoCAD. There is a wide variety of printers, so the results may vary. However, this guide should work in most cases. Simply follow the steps below:

Click Plot

Click the Plot button on the quick access toolbar. The Plot icon is the classic and common desktop printer.

More Options

Once this is done, AutoCAD will open the Plot-Model dialog box, the bar should show what you’re about to plot. Click on More options. 

Plotter Selection

In the Plotter section, you can choose a plotter from the drop-down list. When in doubt, the default Windows plotter should work without problems.

Select Paper Size

Use the drop-down list to choose the paper size you plan to use. 

Set Limits

In the Plot Area, you can set the limits in the drop-down list. These limits corresponds to the drawing area.

Indicate Compensation

In Plot Offset, go to the Center part of the path. In this section you can indicate the compensations to place the graphic in a specific location of the printing.

Paper Adjustment

In Plot Scale, deselect the Fit to paper checkbox and choose 1:10 from the drop-down list. Option. 1:10 is the scale you should use to configure the drawing. 

Choose Monochrome .ctb

In the Style Table, click on the drop-down list and choose monochrome.ctb. In this way, all the lines will appear in solid black instead of a different color or some strange tones.

Assign Style Table

Click Yes when asked if you want to assign this plot style table to all designs. 


Now, go to Preview.

If the plot scale you have entered has not been synchronized with the annotation scale of the drawing, a dialog box will appear telling you that the annotation scale is not equal to the plot scale. 

This means that the drawing does not contain text or dimensions. In addition, it did not make the plot annotative. You should make sure that the annotative scaling controls the printed size of the text, the dimensions, the shading and other types of annotation objects at the time of the plot, provided that the annotation scale of the drawing coincides with the scale of the plot. 

The Plot dialog box will disappear temporarily and AutoCAD will show you how the diagram will look on paper. 

Close Preview

Right click on preview and close it.

Adjust the Settings

If the preview does not look the way you want, you can adjust the settings in the Plot dialog box and click the Preview button again. Adjust the settings until it is what you desire. 

Familiarize yourself with Annotative Objects

Once you have accomplished the above, click OK. The Confirmation dialog box will appear. Remember to familiarize yourself with annotative objects before clicking Continue. 

Once this is done, you can close the Plot dialog box. This way AutoCAD generates the diagram and will send it directly to the plotter. AutoCAD will show you a notification.

Close the notification. 

In case you are not satisfied with the result, you can use the line styles feature to adjust the line thicknesses.


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