Some people say to us that they think the automatic drawings from Advance Steel are too cluttered. Equally many of the same people may always try and use A3 for Assembly drawings often due to available printer output size.
Consider the following points:
• Dimensions are a fixed size compared to the paper.
• The number of views and dimensions required to describe the assembly are the same on any paper size.
• To get a drawing on a smaller sheet size requires a smaller scale and possibly more clipping.
That means that overall the same amount of detail and annotation has to be crammed into a much smaller space on a smaller sheet. Compare these two images of the same rafter drawn with Advance Steel on A3 and A2 sheets respectively.
The A3 is at 1:33 1/3 and the views are squashed up to get it on the sheet. The A2 is at 1:20 and much less cluttered.
You may not have an A2 or larger printer but who says you must print it A2 or larger just because it is on a larger paper size. You can still print it A3 and everything will be scaled down to fit without increasing the clutter. Drawings usually say “Do Not Scale anyway”.
We recommend using the drawing processes that say a range of paper size e.g. All Assemblies A3-A1 BOM. This will allow the computer to select the best fit paper size for a given assembly.