CAD Template Guide
What is a CAD Template?
A CAD template file stores settings, styles and data for use when you start a new drawing. This allows studios to maintain consistent standards and styles across the company, ensuring a professional output of drawings.
New drawings in AutoCAD can be opened using the default autocad template files or you can use your own custom AutoCAD template file. A custom template can be made by yourself, or used from another source, for example, the First In Architecture template 😉
Some of the standard settings that can be specified in a CAD template are:
- Layers and layer properties
- Linetype scales
- Dimension styles
- Text styles
- Layout sheets and viewports
- Plot settings
- and more
Having a CAD template set up and ready to use is a massive time saver. We highly recommend you use a CAD Template when you start your drawings to ensure consistency in your output and to give you a jump start to get on with the drawing and design rather than the set up.
What is the format of a CAD Template?
An AutoCAD template is usually saved in .dwt format. The .dwt file is saved in the template location on your computer. This means that when you start a new drawing you will be presented with the template options available to you. These include the standard templates that come with AutoCAD featuring different units and so on.
How to use a CAD templates
To use a template, you simply need to open it when you create a new drawing. You can do this by clicking on the “New” button in the “File” menu and then selecting the template file that you want to use.
Reviews for our CAD Templates
“I used to spend hours creating new CAD drawings from scratch. But since I started using the FIA CAD template, I’ve been able to save a significant amount of time and effort. I highly recommend using the FIA CAD template to anyone who uses CAD.” – George, Archi student
“I’ve been using your CAD template for a few months now, and I’m absolutely loving it! It has saved me so much time and money, and my drawings look better than ever.” – John, Architect
Adjusting our CAD Template for your own use
CAD templates can be a great way to save time and effort when creating drawings. They can also help to ensure that your drawings are consistent with each other. If you use CAD templates regularly, you will find that they become an essential part of your workflow.
Here are some tips for using CAD templates effectively:
- Create a template for each type of drawing that you create, you can use our template as a starting point for this. This will help you to keep your drawings organised and consistent.
- Include all of the settings and objects that you typically use in each type of drawing in your template. This will save you time and effort when you create new drawings.
- Update your templates regularly. As you add new features to your drawings, you should update your templates to include these features. This will ensure that your templates are always up-to-date.
- Remove the content you don’t need. Large templates can be bulky and slow. Make sure you remove the content you won’t be using on a regular basis. You can always save this in another file for future use.
- Adjust the plot styles to suit your needs, changing the line weights to present the drawings in your own style.
- Edit the layout sheets and title blocks to include your information, and save the template with the updated info so that you don’t have to fill this out on each new drawing.