AutoCAD 2012’s Drawing Scale and Limits Charts: Millimeters

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It’s not a bad idea to set limits for your AutoCAD drawing. The limits represent the rectangular working area that you’ll draw in, which usually corresponds to the paper size. Setting AutoCAD's limits correctly lets you display the drawing grid over your working area, use ZOOM All to display that working area, and plot your working area from model space. The following table sets out the dimensions in millimeters of work areas for different paper sizes at different drawing scales.

Drawing Scale 210 x 297 mm 297 x 420 mm 420 x 594 mm 594 x 841 mm 841 x 1,189 mm
1:200 42,000 x 59,400 mm 59,400 x 84,000 mm 84,000 x 118,800 mm 118,800 x 168,200 mm 168,200 x 237,800 mm
1:100 21,000 x 29,700 mm 29,700 x 42,000 mm 42,000 x 59,400 mm 59,400 x 84,100 mm 84,100 x 118,900 mm
1:50 10,500 x 14,850 mm 14,850 x 21,000 mm 21,000 x 29,700 mm 29,700 x 42,050 mm 42,050 x 59,450 mm
1:20 4,200 x 5,940 mm 5,940 x 8,400 mm 8,400 x 11,880 mm 11,880 x 16,820 mm 16,820 x 23,780 mm
1:10 2,100 x 2,970 mm 2,970 x 4,200 mm 4,200 x 5,940 mm 5,940 x 8,410 mm 8,410 x 11,890 mm
1:5 1,050 x 1,485 mm 1,485 x 2,100 mm 2,100 x 2,970 mm 2,970 x 4,205 mm 4,205 x 5,945 mm
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