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Hello, I'm trying to print a drawing (on AutoCAD 2012) on scale 1:50, but everything I tried doesn't result in 1:50. What could I be doing wrong?
I set my drawing units to meters, and the scale to 1:50 in Model. In plot preview I select my printer, paper size A4 and scale 1:50 and the drawing is extremely tiny. I'm obviously doing something wrong, but what is it?

You say, "the scale to 1:50 in Model".  So, did you actually draw the model at 1/50th it's actual size, and then plot at 1:50?  If so, then that's why your plot came out so tiny.  Always draw your models at 1:1, then plot at whatever scale you want.

I hope this helps.

Bill DeShawn


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