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How can my architect email me a drawing file that I am able to `print to scale’ if I do not have CAD installed on my computer?

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I am an interior designer and my clients architect needs to email me house plans.  If I do not have CAD installed on my computer, is there a way he can email me a file format that I will be able to print a `to scale’ drawings on my office copier?  I need the drawings in 1/8″ or 1/4″ scale so I can do design layouts.  He has been sending me PDF files that do not print to scale, and he does not know any other way to send file via email.

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AutoCAD has export to PDF tool, but needs some settings to get a 1:1 scale file export.

Step 1: Open the 2D drawing and set up your viewport to the scale you want. In your case obviously it should be 1:1.

Step 2: Click Output > ‘Plot’ and select the Printer/plotter as ‘DWG to PDF.pc3’ (by Autodesk) from the drop-down list.

Step 3: In the bottom right corner make sure to select the correct orientation. For most of cases Landscape should work good unless you have a tall portrait drawing.

Step 4: Select the Paper Size drop-down, choose the paper size you want.

Step 5: Click ‘OK’.

Step 6: AutoCAD will open the ‘Browse for Plot File’ dialog box. Go ahead and specify the PDF file name and location to save it.

Step 7: Click ‘Save’.

You should now have a 1:1 scale PDF image.