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Dimension Styles

Now that you have created a basic drawing, it’s time to dimension it. Before we start dimensioning, we need to set up the appearance of the dimensions to reflect industry standards. The look and behavior of dimensions are controlled through dimension styles. A dimension style is simply a collection of dimension settings saved with a certain name. A dimension object takes on the look and behavior of its dimension style. AutoCAD uses a dimension style called Standard as a default, but you can modify the Standard dimension style or create new ones as needed. In the following exercise, you’ll take a quick tour through some of the various dimension style settings.

Due to the sheer number of options, modifying and managing dimension styles can be one of the more challenging aspects of AutoCAD. As with layers, managing dimensions and dimension styles is a crucial element of using AutoCAD effectively.

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