Monday, November 12, 2012

Three Minutes with Guide Grids

This feature is often overlooked or dismissed but it does deliver a consistent way to mark locations to help us keep plans aligned from one sheet to the next. Check out the video demonstration at You Tube.


6 comments:

Dave said...

I would LOVE Grid Guides if they could just be different dimensions in the X and Y. Our Sheets have a module that all of our standard details fit into. But....you guessed it. The modules are not square, so the Guides are useless to us.

Anonymous said...

Great tip that I've never seen before. Thanks!

kubs!x said...

Reference Planes work well for snapping the floor plan to the guide grids too. Often necessary for MEP models which don't usually have grids within the host model.

(Name and pin the ref. plane at a grid intersection. The ref. plane must be vert. or horz. too.)

A separate guide grid (or a single expanded one) can be used for placement of the view title as well. No snaps/grips to work with but eye-balling the quadrant of the callout circle to a grid intersection is usually good enough.

Chris said...

Keeping the Guide Spacing to 1" gives you a smaller extent box.

Steve said...

Yes but then there is more than "one" visible intersection most likely, I am after having one only to deal with.

Chris said...

Shrink the extent box down so you only see 1 intersection. The Guide Spacing drives how big that extent box is. Bigger the spacing, the bigger the extent box. It's certainly an odd relationship.