bernd wrote: ↑
Wed Apr 03, 2019 9:59 am
wow cool! Did you do all drawing sheets in FreeCAD. Are these your own templates, or where they done in another software?
The drawing sheets were done in the TechDraw workbench. I created the svg template in Gravit Designer and then followed the Drawing_Template_HowTo
to modify the file for use as a template with FreeCAD editable text attributes. I ran into a few issues with the template. One was that Designer created svg files were not as easy for a human to read through as one made in Inkscape. Then there were some issues with text alignment and also the green handles were way off to some other area in the drawing viewer.
I now know that there are some transform attributes to remove and a few other steps to clean up the editable template. This is all outlined really well in the steps for the newer TechDraw_TemplateHowTo
which I should have been following but for some reason I just found that page the other day. Maybe it is very new. It was very easy to edit the xml within Inkscape. I now have a nice new 11x17 template which I am very pleased with for use on my next project:
With this new template there were some other steps I was able to work through on my own beyond what is outlined in the how-to. I wanted some center aligned text and some right aligned text which inkscape apparently does not apply to the xml by default even if I build the template that way. So alignment was screwed up in FreeCAD. With a quick google search I found that I could add
to those text blocks and achieve the appropriate alignment in FreeCAD. I am attaching both the messy Arch-D template and my newer 11x17 template here if you wish to study them. The text blocks use system fonts so be aware of that.
I am finding there is actually quite potential in exporting drawing plates as .svg files out of TechDraw. One can make slight modifications to the line styles or other parts of the drawing within Inkscape or other .svg editor. In fact, with text this is kind of necessary because FreeCAD applies a stroke to it so it gets chunky. Thanks to Regis for the tip on editing the .svg to remove strokes on text. When using my traditional .DWG CAD package I've always printed drawings as .pdf but a print ready .svg could be really useful for my collaborators to accurately rescale a drawing.
I know there is a lot of development planned for TechDraw in v0.19 so I am looking forward to that.