Let’s say that you download an AutoCAD block like the table as seen below. When you open the block, you notice that it is not scaled correctly. Let’s also say that you want to scale it to a certain length.
In the example below, I have a block of a table. I opened it in the block editor and now I am going to Scale the block so that its length is 6 feet long. I don’t actually need to know the current length of the block. I just need to make a line that is the length that I want the table to be. I made this line at an angle to show you that the reference does not need to be in line with the table.
Here’s the steps:
(Note: this tip works in all workspaces like modelspace and paperspace. I used the block editor in this example instead of exploding the block.)
- SCALE <enter> (or SC <enter>) to start the SCALE command.
- Select the objects that you want to scale
- <enter> when finished selecting
- Specify a base point
- R <enter> to use the “Reference” option
- Pick 2 points on the object that is going to be scaled that you want to be scaled to the desired length.
- P <enter> to use the “Points” option
- Pick 2 points that establish the final length. In the example picture, I picked the diagonal line that is six feet long.
After the second point is picked, the table is scaled to the desired length. I then deleted the reference line.
The first 2 points that you pick establish the “before” length (reference) and the last 2 points that you pick scale the first 2 points picked.