Student Resources:

Below helpful hints and links to various resources that may be helpful to the class:

Drawing Guidance: 

The following are tips on getting a decent grade on your drawings for your design assignments.

  • The premise here is to make your drawings as neat and as readable as possible eliminating errors and ambiguity. 
  • Remember, in the real world, mistakes and ambiguity cost time and money.
    • In this class these mistakes will impact your grade.
  • Always present your best work, fix your own mistakes!
    • Double check your work before giving it to others. 
      • Check it on screen first
      • If any errors are found correct them before printing
      • Check the printed copy second
      • If any errors are found make the corrections then reprint.
    • If I find mistakes and mark up your work, it will affect your grade.
Drawing Grading Criteria:

The list below may be modified as the quarter progresses:

  • Center your drawing views in the drawing area so that it fills the page without over crowding or leaving excess space.
  • Use only Hidden Line visual style for your plan and elevations views.
  • Try to provide equal spacing between your drawing views and the top and bottom of the page as well as from the left and right.
    • This includes drawn objects as well as annotations, level and grid lines, section lines and dimensions.
  • The spacing from the drawing views and the border of the drawing should be about the same as the between each of the drawings views both horizontally and vertically.
  • Dimensions:
  • Dimension your drawing views according to conventional standards
  • Move dimensions around to avoid "crowding"
  • Dimensions referencing the same feature such as a linear pattern, should be grouped together
  • Longer dimensions will go on the outside, shorter dimensions on the inside
  • Set your dimension text size to 3/32"
  • Dimensions will scale automatically depending on your view scale
  • Plan views should have only horizontally oriented dimensions such as wall locations
  • Elevation views should have only vertically oriented dimensions such as window height
  • Number your sheets in a logical order or per class instruction
  • Add extra text to a dimension if more description is necessary
  • Include the word "TYPICAL" following dimensions that apply to similar items in the same view such as similar sized holes, fillets, chamfers or row and column offsets
  • Any isometric view should have no dimensions in it
  • Your sheet text, including text in your titleblock, should always be CAPITALIZED
  • Avoid duplicate or redundant information, this leads to ambiguity


All work handed in for regrading must be stapled in front of the markup in order for it to be considered for re-evaluation.

Printing Procedure:

When printing in the lab please use the following guidelines:

  • Choose Print.
  • In the Print dialog box Select the HP 6015 printer
  • Paper size is letter
  • What to plot: should be Window.
    • At this point the printing options will disappear and and a cursor will appear on your drawing.
      • Use this cursor to define a rectangle.  All of the objects within that rectangle will print.
      • Choose the corners of the rectangle that we drew for the paper border of our Paper Space drawing on the yellow layer named Title Block Border.
  • This puts you back in the print dialog box, select Center the plot
  • Make certain that the Plot scale is 1:1
  • Go to the top right of the dialog box and select Properties 
    • Click on the Custom properties which is the printer properties
      • Click on the Color tab
        • Click the check mark in the Print in Grayscale box.
  • Click OK
  • Select the radio button for changing the properties in PC3 file.
  • In the main print dialog box click Preview...
  • If the preview looks good click OK in the main print dialog box.

  • Go retrieve your printed drawing.