Title Block with Attributes

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Creating a Title Block with Attributes in AutoCAD

One of the things that every drawing needs is a title block. This provides vital information about the drawing when it is printed. Some of the data that makes up a title block is who draw it, what day it was published, revision number, etc. Every drawing at the professional level will have one. For those that aren't familiar with the term, here is sample one below that is included with AutoCAD.

Sample Title Block

The title block for this exercise will be designed for an 11"x17" sheet. If you want to make it smaller to fit an 8-1/2"x11" sheet, adjust it as needed. You should be familiar with blocks and attributes before continuing.

Start by drawing a rectangle 16.25" x 10.25. This will give you .375 space on all four sides. Here's the complete title block dimensions, or you can draw in the sections shown below.

Copy the section below into the top right corner of the title bar. This area is used for tracking revisions.

Title Block

The green lines are used to create reference points for your text. You could also use the M2P Osnap. They are a midpoint that is used for positioning Middle-Centre text. For this section, text is RomanS, 0.125" tall and Middle-Centre justified.

Now draw the bottom right section of the title block. Here is a link to a larger image with the details:

Bottom right corner of the title block detail: tb_bottom.gif. The text is 0.065" tall.

Title Block

Now comes the fun part, adding the attributes. Use this image as a reference for the positioning of the attributes, and the table below for the contents. You will want to create text styles for the different text below.

PROJECT What PROJECT is this? PROJECT NAME RomanS 0.25 Middle Center
TITLE What is the TITLE? TITLE RomanS 0.25 Middle Center
LOGO What are your INITIALS? ABC RomanD 0.75 Middle Center
PAPER What size paper are you using? ( info) RomanS 0.125 Middle Left
FILENAME What is the FILENAME? C:/XXXXX.DWG RomanS 0.125 Middle Left
REVISION What REVISION is this? - RomanS 0.125 MIddle Left
SCALE What SCALE is this printed at? 1"=XX" RomanS 0.125 Middle Left
DRAFTER WHO drew this? J. Smith RomanS 0.125 Middle Left
SHEET What SHEET is this? X / X RomanS 0.125 Middle Left
NOTE1 First NOTE Note RomanS 0.1875 Middle Center
NOTE2 Second Note Note 2 RomanS 0.1875 Middle Center

Once all you attributes are created, they should look something like this. You can always move them to get them in the correct spots.

Title Block Attributes

Once all the attributes are in place, you can create your block. Remember when selecting attributes for a block, you have to select them order. Create it as an External block (WBLOCK) so that you can insert it in other drawings.

Now that you have a title block, you can go into a layout tab and insert it. Answer all the prompts when they come up (look at the command line). Your completed title block should look something like this:

Complete Title Block

You can now use this as a template for other size sheets, or for horizontal or portrait layouts. Just explode the block, draw the new border lines and re-create the block. For example, you may only have a printer that does 8-1/2 x 11 prints - so create a title block for that size. For more practice, you can create a second block for filling in the revision information at the top.

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