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Achieving Precision in Design: Non-Uniform Scaling in DraftSight

Scaling drawing entities uniformly across all dimensions is a fundamental feature in CAD software. However, the need for non-uniform scaling—adjusting the size of entities differently along the X, Y, and Z axes—is a common requirement for designers looking to refine their work or fit a design into a specific context. Gauri Jagtap offers an insightful guide to accomplishing this task within DraftSight, a popular CAD platform known for its versatility and efficiency.


The Need for Non-Uniform Scaling

Uniform scaling serves well for general resizing purposes, but it limits the designer's ability to tailor a drawing to specific needs. Non-uniform scaling, on the other hand, offers a solution to this limitation by allowing entities to be scaled differently in each direction. This capability is essential for a wide range of applications, from architectural adjustments to custom part fittings in mechanical designs.


Step-by-Step Guide to Non-Uniform Scaling in DraftSight

Gauri Jagtap outlines a straightforward workflow to achieve non-uniform scaling in DraftSight®, which can be summarised in the following steps:

  • Selection and Block Creation: Begin by selecting all entities you wish to scale. Use the ‘MAKEBLOCK’ command in the command window to create a block from these entities. This initial step is crucial for grouping the entities together, making them easier to manage.

  • Block Definition Adjustments: In the Block Definition window, assign a name to your block and configure the desired options. Crucially, ensure the ‘Apply Uniform Scale’ option is unchecked. This setting is vital as it allows for the differentiation of scale values across different axes upon block insertion.

  • Specifying Scale Values: Upon inserting the block, choose the ‘Specify later’ option. This choice permits the adjustment of scale values post-insertion, offering flexibility in scaling adjustments.

When a block is created with the option ‘Apply uniform scale’, you get the option to specify a different scale while inserting the block as below:

If you select ‘Specify later’, you can change the block scale after inserting it using Properties windows as explained in the next point.


  • Adjusting Properties: Access the Properties palette by typing ‘PROPERTIES’ in the command window. When the block is selected, its properties will be displayed, including fields for Scale X, Scale Y, and Scale Z. Here, you can input the desired scale factors for each axis.


  • Finalising the Scale: Once the scale factors are set, the block will automatically update to reflect these changes. If needed, the block can be exploded to separate the entities for individual manipulation.


The ability to scale entities non-uniformly in DraftSight® significantly enhances the software’s utility, enabling designers to achieve precise dimensions and fit for their projects. This feature is particularly beneficial in situations where specific proportions need to be maintained or adjusted according to unique design requirements. Jagtap’s guide demystifies the process, making it accessible even to those new to DraftSight or non-uniform scaling practices.


For designers and engineers looking to push the boundaries of their CAD capabilities, incorporating non-uniform scaling into their workflow opens up new possibilities for creative and technical expression. Explore the detailed guide and elevate your DraftSight projects to new levels of precision and adaptability.


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