About Drawing Borders and Title Blocks

Use drawing borders and title blocks to specify the scale for a drawing and to complete a drawing. You can insert the drawing border at every stage of the design process.

Before plotting a drawing, you can insert a plot date in the title block.

AutoCAD Mechanical places the drawing border and the title block on AM_BOR (a special layer) that you can turn off with the AMLAYTIBLO (Title Block Layer On/Off) command. Disabling the AM_BOR layer is useful for plotting a concept print of your drawing or if you want to set only the Base Scale Factor for the drawing.

Insert the drawing border through the Drawing Border and Title Block dialog box, in which you specify the title block, the paper format, and the scale. Specify the height and width of the drawing section to calculate the scale.

If a drawing contains objects when you insert a drawing border, you can rescale and move them manually or automatically to the appropriate position within the border.

You can insert entries for the title block into the text field with a part reference. You can also import information for the border or title block from an external file.

If a drawing border exists, the Edit Drawing Border / Title Block dialog box appears for editing it or inserting a new drawing border with title block.

AutoCAD Mechanical directs drawing borders and title blocks to the WCS (irrespective of the current UCS).

Drawing border and title block are different blocks that you can adapt to your needs. AutoCAD Mechanical includes several standard drawing borders and title blocks. The default drawing borders are in the folder acadm/gen/dwg/format. The default title blocks are in the folder acadm/gen/dwg/title.

NoteYou can insert a revision line within a title block.

Procedures
To calculate the scale factor based on a drawing section

To calculate the scale factor for the drawing border, select all objects to include in the drawing border format or specify the height and the width for a drawing border.

  1. Click Annotate tab Layout panel Title Border. At the Command prompt, enter AMTITLE.
  2. In the Drawing Borders with Title Block dialog box:
    • Title Block: Select the title block from the list.
    • Paper Format: Select the paper format.
  3. Choose Calculate <.
  4. Select objects (or press ENTER to specify height/width).
  5. Press ENTER.
  6. Specify the first point for the width of the drawing or enter values.
  7. Specify the second point for the width.
  8. Specify the first point for the height of the drawing or enter values.
  9. Specify the second point for the height.
NoteIf you select objects at Step 4, the program compares the sizes of the existing objects with the selected border format and calculates the scale factor so that all selected parts appear as large as possible within the border.
To insert a drawing border with title block

You can insert one or multiple drawing borders with a title block at each state of your design. Objects in the drawing can be selected to be centered in the drawing border and rescaled depending on the selected or calculated scale factor.

  1. Click Annotate tab Layout panel Title Border. At the Command prompt, enter AMTITLE.
  2. In the Drawing Borders with Title Block dialog box:
    • Title Block: Specify the title block from the list.
    • Paper Format: Specify the paper format.
    • Scale Factor: Set a scale factor.
    • Select the Perform rescale check box.
    • Select the Move objects check box.
    • Click OK.
  3. Specify the insertion point of the drawing border. Click a point in the drawing area, or press ENTER to insert the border at the 0,0,0 point.
  4. In the Edit Attributes dialog box, edit or add entries.
  5. Click OK.
  6. Select objects to center and rescale within the inserted drawing border.
  7. Move the selected objects to the desired place in the drawing border.
NoteIf there is at least one drawing border available in the drawing area, you can choose whether to insert an additional drawing border or change the existing drawing border or title block.
To insert an additional drawing border with title block

You can insert additional drawing borders at each state of your design. Objects in the drawing can be selected to be centered in the drawing border and rescaled depending on the selected or calculated scale factor.

  1. Click Annotate tab Layout panel Title Border. At the Command prompt, enter AMTITLE.
  2. In the Edit Drawing Border / Title Block dialog box
    • Select New Drawing Border/Title Block.
    • Click OK.
  3. In the Drawing Borders with Title Block dialog box,
    • Title Block: Specify the title block from the list.
    • Paper Format: Specify the paper format.
    • Scale Factor: Set a scale factor.
    • Set Perform rescale.
    • Set Move Objects.
    • Click OK.
  4. Click a point in the drawing to insert the drawing border.
  5. In the Edit Attributes dialog box, edit or add entries.
  6. Click OK.
  7. Select objects to center and rescale within the inserted drawing border.
  8. Move the selected objects to the desired place in the drawing border.
To create an import file for title block entries

A file to use for importing information into title blocks must be in ASCII-format and saved with the .tit file extension.

The first two lines of the file must contain the following:

  • 1. Scale factor, for example, 1:2
  • 2. Drawing format, for example, A2

    Use the remaining lines, which are optional, to map attributes from the drawing title block to the appropriate associated text. For example:

  • 3. (“GEN-TITLE-DWG” “file name”)
  • 4. (“GEN-TITLE-NAME” “name of engineer”)

Example:

1:10

C2

(“GEN-TITLE-DWG” “Proj_Gear2000i”)

(“GEN-TITLE-MAT1” “Steel”)

(“GEN-TITLE-NAME” “Peter Draft”)

(“GEN-TITLE-CHKM” “Charlie Check”)

Note
  • If a specification is missing, the program does not fill the respective attributes with any values.
  • The program does not allow blank lines in the file.
  • To use quotation marks within the title block, for example to mark inch values, add a backslash before the quotation mark symbol. “USC 3/4\”” produces: USC 3/4”
Edit drawing border and title block

Use Power Edit or AMTITLE to edit a drawing border or title block. AMTITLE works with drawing borders and title blocks already in the drawing area.

To use Power Edit to change a drawing border
  1. At the Command prompt, enter AMPOWEREDIT or double-click a drawing border.
  2. In the Drawing Border with Title Block dialog box, edit the settings.
  3. Click OK.
  4. Select objects to moved in the changed drawing border.
NoteStep 4 is necessary only when the Move Objects option is selected.
To use Power Edit to change a title block
  1. At the Command prompt, enter AMPOWEREDIT or double-click a title block.
  2. In the Change Title Block Entry dialog box, edit the settings.
  3. Click OK.
NoteYou cannot change the size and the scale of the title block. To change those settings, restart the AMTITLE command or double-click the drawing border.
To change a drawing border or a title block with at least one drawing border
  1. Click Annotate tab Layout panel Title Border. At the Command prompt, enter AMTITLE.
  2. In the Edit Drawing Border / Title Block dialog box, select the Change drawing border / Title block option.
  3. Select the options to change.
  4. Click OK.
  5. In the Drawing Borders with Title Block dialog box, change anything.
  6. Click OK.
NoteDepending on the selected options in the Edit Drawing Border / Title Block dialog box, these options are available in the Drawing Borders with Title Block dialog box.
To retrieve information from part reference

If the drawing area contains one or more part references, the program can copy information from them into the title block.

  1. Click Annotate tab Layout panel Title Border. At the Command prompt, enter AMTITLE.
  2. In the Drawing Borders with Title Block dialog box, fill in the necessary entries and select Retrieve from Part Reference.
  3. Specify the insertion point for the drawing border.
  4. Select the part reference containing data you want to copy into the title block.
  5. In the Change Title Block Entry dialog box, fill in additional entries.
NoteThe program highlights part references available for selecting in the drawing in Step 4.
To display assembly properties in a title block
  1. Click Annotate tab Layout panel Title Border. At the Command prompt, enter AMTITLE.
  2. In the Drawing Borders with Title Block dialog box, fill in the necessary entries and select Retrieve from Assembly Properties.
  3. Specify the insertion point for the drawing border.
  4. In the Change Title Block Entry dialog box, fill in additional entries.
To add title block extensions

The Extensions Title Block button opens the Extensions Title Block dialog box so that you can add two additional title blocks. If you change the paper format, the options in the Extensions Title Block dialog box change to conform to the new format.

  1. From the Command prompt, enter AMTITLE or double-click the title block on the drawing.
  2. In the Title Block section, click the Extension Title Blocks button.
  3. In the Extensions Title Block dialog box, click the extensions you want to add to the drawing. When you click the extension, the field is automatically populated with a default extension.
  4. To change the extension type, click the down arrow in the field to choose a different extension type.
  5. Click OK to accept the changes and close the dialog box.
Commands
AMLAYTIBLO

Toggles the visibility of the layer assigned to title blocks and drawing borders (AM_BOR, be default)).

 Ribbon: Home tab Layers panel drop-down Title Block Layer On/Off. Not available on the ribbon in the current workspace.
 Toolbar: Mechanical Layer Tools
 Menu: Format Layer Tools Title Block Layer On/OffDoes not exist in the menu in the current workspace.
 Command entry: amlaytiblo

The default layer for title blocks and drawing borders is AM_BOR. To find out what layers are reserved for title blocks and drawing borders in the current drawing, inspect the Object Property Settings dialog box.

AMPLOTDATE

Inserts the current date in the lower right corner of all title blocks in the drawing.

 Ribbon: Not available on the ribbon in the current workspace.Not available on the ribbon in the current workspace.
 Toolbar: Drawing Title and Revision
 Menu: Annotate Drawing Title and Revision Plot Date in Title BlockDoes not exist in the menu in the current workspace.
 Command entry: amplotdate

By default, only DIN based title blocks react to this command.

Note
  • When the current plot date is not identical to the inserted plot date, a message box enables you to determine whether you want to update the plot date in the title block.
  • To make a non-DIN title block react to this command, insert the GEN-TITLE-PLOT title block attribute to that title block.
  • To change the date format of an existing title block, change the Windows short date format (using the Regional and Language Settings applet in the Control Panel) and insert the title block again.

AMTITLE

Inserts a drawing border with a title block.

 Ribbon: Annotate tab Layout panel Title Border. Not available on the ribbon in the current workspace.
 Toolbar: Drawing Title and Revision
 Menu: Annotate Drawing Title and Revision Drawing Title/BordersDoes not exist in the menu in the current workspace.
 Command entry: amtitle

You can also use this command to edit an existing drawing border. You can set options for Title Block, Paper Format, and Scale.

AMTITLE is controlled by the Drawing Borders with Title Block dialog box. Set options for Title Block, Paper Format, and Scale. The command line options depend on the settings in the dialog box.

COMMAND LINE OPTIONS

Insertion Point: Click a point in the drawing to insert the drawing title/border or press ENTER to insert the border on 0,0,0.

You can make additional entries in the Change Title Block Entry dialog box.

Objects for centering and re-scaling:

Select objects: Specify objects.

Select objects: Specify another object, or press ENTER to continue.

New location for objects: Select a point to insert the object(s) in the drawing border.

Note
  • When a title block exists in the drawing, the Edit Drawing Border/Title Block dialog box appears. Select the New Drawing Border/Title Block option to insert a new title block or select the Change Drawing Border/Title Block option to modify the existing drawing border or title block.
  • The Microsoft Windows short date format determines the date format. To change the date format of an existing title block, change the Microsoft Windows short date format (using the Regional and Language Settings applet in the Control Panel) and insert the title block again.

Drawing Borders with Title Block dialog box

Paper Format

Contains standardized drawing borders, saved in the title border folder. You can use one of the standardized format or select a customer format. To use a custom format, start the AMOPTIONS command and double-click Drawing Sheets in the AM:Standards tab (Options dialog box). In the Drawing Sheet Settings dialog box, under Default Paper Format, choose Additional to select and add a customer paper format to the existing list.

Title Block

Contains standardized title blocks, which are saved in the title border folder. You can use one of the standardized format or select and use a customer format. To use a custom format, start the AMOPTIONS command and double-click Drawing Sheets in the AM:Standards tab (Options dialog box). In the Drawing Sheet Settings dialog box, under Default Title Block, choose Additional to select and add a customer paper format to the existing list.

Extension Title Blocks

Opens the Extension Title Blocks dialog box so that you can add title block extensions to the drawing. This option is available only in the GOST standard.

Scale

Displays all standard scale factors. You can also enter your own scale factor.

Calculate

Suggests a scale factor for a drawing section or for the size of the existing objects in the drawing of a pre-selected border. The calculated scale factor appears in the scale box. The Calculate option is not available in layout.

Set Base Scale Factor

When selected, the section scale factor is stored in the configuration as base scale factor (only in Model space).

Set Drawing Defaults

Sets grid, snap, limits, linetype scale, and other options, to the default values that correspond to the selected scale factor you selected. Affects the following system variables:

  • CHAMFERA
  • CHAMFERB
  • FILLETRAD
  • GRIDUNIT
  • SNAPUNIT
  • LUPREC
  • LTSCALE

Perform Rescale

Adjusts text, symbols, dimensions, tables, and other elements to conform to the changed scale factor.

Move Objects

Places existing objects in the drawing editor within the inserted drawing border. If you select the Automatic Placement option as well, selected objects move to the center of the border.

Automatic Placement

Moves selected objects to the center of the border. Selects all objects located within an inserted drawing border automatically, if the Objects to Rescale: Automatic Selection option is selected in the Drawing Sheet Settings dialog box (accessed through the AM:Standards tab of the Options dialog box). If no border exists, selects all objects. If objects are outside the border, clear the Automatic Selection check box in the Drawing Sheet Settings dialog box (accessed through the AM:Standards tab of the Options dialog box). Otherwise, the objects outside the border are not part of the selected border.

Thaw All Layers

Selects all layers containing objects, moves them into the border, and thaws them. Restores the state of the layers when complete.

Retrieve from Part Reference

Retrieves values for the title block from the part reference. If the drawing contains more than one part reference, select the part reference.

Retrieve from Assembly Properties

Retrieves values for the title block from the assembly property.

Read from External File

  • Import

Displays a list of files ending with .tit. When you import files from an external location or if you frequently use drawing border and title block entries you may want to import the title block and border information from an external file. This import file is the interface for the drawing administration.

Edit Drawing Border / Title Block dialog box

New Drawing Border/Title Block

Inserts an additional drawing border to an existing one. Displays the Drawing Border with Title Block dialog box for selecting a new border and title block. Zooms all existing drawing borders so that you can insert the new border.

Change Drawing Border/Title Block

Activates the options for editing drawing border/title block, title block entries, and scale factor.

Change Title Block Entry

Displays the Change Title Block Entry dialog box for entering or editing title block entries. All entries can be edited except the scale factor.

Change Drawing Border

Displays the Drawing Border with Title Block dialog box for changing the paper format of the border.

Change Title Block

Displays the Drawing Border with Title Block dialog box for changing the title block style.

Change Scale

Displays the Drawing Border with Title Block dialog box for changing the scale of the border. When a new scale factor is selected, selects the Perform Rescaling option.

AMREV

Turns revisions on or off.

 Ribbon: Not available on the ribbon in the current workspace.Not available on the ribbon in the current workspace.
 Toolbar: Drawing Title and Revision
 Menu: Annotate Drawing Title and Revision Revision On /OffDoes not exist in the menu in the current workspace.
 Command entry: amrev

When revisions are turned on, AutoCAD Mechanical tracks the date of the block of xrefs inserted in the drawing. If AutoCAD Mechanical detects a change in an xref, it prompts you for confirmation and adds a revision line to the revisions list. If no revisions list exists, it creates one and prompts you to place it in the drawing area.

Generally, activate this command after changing your drawing. The first time you launch the command, in inserts a block with a header into the drawing.

AMREVLINE

Adds a revision line to a revisions list.

 Ribbon: Not available on the ribbon in the current workspace.Not available on the ribbon in the current workspace.
 Toolbar: Drawing Title and Revision
 Menu: Annotate Drawing Title and Revision Add one Revision LineDoes not exist in the menu in the current workspace.
 Command entry: amrevline

Use this command to add a revision line to the revision list manually. If no revisions list exists, it creates a revision list and prompts you to place it in the drawing area.

If you insert at least one drawing border/title block, select the drawing border whose objects are included. Otherwise the Edit Revision Attributes dialog box appears immediately. You can change or add entries for the number, the date, the revision description, the name, and the DWG name.

COMMAND LINE OPTIONS

Select drawing border/title block (RETURN = global space): Select the insertion point for the revision block.

COMMAND LINE DEFINITIONS

Select drawing border/title block

Select the border or title block to consider.

RETURN

All objects in the drawing are considered.

AMREVUPDATE

Updates the revision block.

 Ribbon: Not available on the ribbon in the current workspace.Not available on the ribbon in the current workspace.
 Toolbar: Drawing Title and Revision
 Menu: Annotate Drawing Title and Revision Update Revision LineDoes not exist in the menu in the current workspace.
 Command entry: amrevupdate

You use this command when revision tracking is turned off, and you want to check if any xrefs have changed and update the revisions list.

Note: Only considers the last change made on the xref.

Drawing Sheet Settings dialog box

Specify entries for the title block, paper format, and scale factor of the drawing for the current standard.

Revision

Displays most recent revision of the standard this symbol complies with.

Default Paper Format

 

Drop-down list

Sets the default drawing border for the current drawing.

 

Displays the Select File dialog box, in which you can add a drawing file (containing a drawing border) to the drop-down list and set it as the default drawing border.

Default Title Block

 

Drop-down list

Sets the default title block for the current drawing.

 

Displays the Select File dialog box, in which you can add a drawing file (containing a title block) to the drop-down list and set it as the default drawing border.

 

Extension Title Blocks button

Displays the Extension Title Blocks dialog box so that you can add up to two additional title block extensions to the drawing.

NoteThis option is available only in the GOST standard.
 

Invert Part Number

Displays a dialog box so that you can place the part number diagonally opposite the title block.

NoteThis option is available only if the current drafting standard is set to GB.

Default Revision List

NoteRevision lists are not available in the GOST standard.
 

First Drop-down list

Selects a default revision list block for the current drawing.

 

Displays the Select File dialog box, in which you can add a drawing file (containing a revision block) to the drop-down list and set it as the default revision list.

 

Second Drop-down list

Sets a base point for the revision block.

Scale Change Settings

 

Objects to Rescale

Specifies whether the drawing objects are to be selected automatically or manually.

Read from External File

Sets the default standard import file (.tit file)name to be used with the Import button on the Drawing Borders with Title Block dialog box, which appears when you invoke the AMTITLE command.

Sets the default standard import file (.tit file) name to be used with the Import button on the Drawing Borders with Title Block dialog box, which appears when the AMTITLE command is invoked.

 

Path

Displays the name of the folder that contains the default .tit file.

 

File

Displays the name of the default .tit file.

 

Browse

Displays the Select File dialog box, enabling you to select the .tit file.

 

Display Title Block Dialog after Import check box

Sets the AMTITLE command to display the data of the selected .tit file, giving you the opportunity to accept or reject the settings while inserting drawing borders.

Views Created From

Sets the AMTITLE command to create six views, which are accessible via the AutoCAD VIEW command, within the drawing border.

 

Don't create views

Does not create views.

 

Limits

Creates views defined by the outer points of the frame.

 

Drawing Area

Creates views defined by the maximum drawing area within the frame.

Set Limits

 

Don't Set Limits

Keeps the adjusted limits unchanged.

 

Limits to Corners

Sets a size limit for the new border area.

 

Limits to Maximum

Sets the limits to maximum, if the border space exceeds the predefined limit space.

Restore Defaults

Resets all settings to their default values.

Extension Title Blocks Settings dialog box

The Extension Title Blocks button appears on both the Drawing Borders with Title Block which is accessed using the AMTITLE command and the Drawing Sheet Settings dialog box using the AMOPTIONS command. When you open the dialog box from the Drawing Sheet Settings dialog box, Browse buttons are visible but not when you open the dialog box from the Drawing Borders with Title Box dialog box.

First Extension

Adds an extension title block in a specific location on the drawing based on the paper format.

Second Extension

Adds an extension title block in a specific location on the drawing based on the paper format.

Browse buttons

Adds custom extension title blocks to the drawing. Opens the select file dialog box so that you can locate and load the custom extensions. If you add the extensions from the Drawing Borders with Title Block using the AMTITLE command, the browse buttons are not available in the dialog box.