Determine the Units of Measurement
 
 
 
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Before you start to draw, you must decide what one drawing unit represents based on what you plan to draw. You can convert a drawing between systems of measurement by scaling it.

Every object you create is measured in drawing units. Before you start to draw, you must decide what one drawing unit will represent based on what you plan to draw. Then you create your drawing at actual size with that convention.

For example, the objects in the illustration might represent two buildings that are each 125 feet long, or a section of a mechanical part that is measured in millimeters.

Convert Drawing Units

If you start a drawing in one system of measurement (imperial or metric) and then want to switch to the other system, use SCALE to scale the model geometry by the appropriate conversion factor to obtain correct distances and dimensions.

For example, to convert a drawing created in inches to centimeters, you scale the model geometry by a factor of 2.54. To convert from centimeters to inches, the scale factor is 1/2.54 or about 0.3937.

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Procedure
To convert a drawing from inches to centimeters
To convert a drawing from centimeters to inches
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