New user to SCARM.  

is it possible to print a plan to scale in SCARM?

Seems like fit to page and 1:1 is all there are; unless I’m missing something.

Jim

 

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Jim Harrington posted:

New user to SCARM.  

is it possible to print a plan to scale in SCARM?

Seems like fit to page and 1:1 is all there are; unless I’m missing something.

Jim

 

You are correct - however, when the print window appears you may be able to resize from 8.5 x 11 in the printer properties. This would be the full track plan view on perhaps 11 x 17 - depends upon the printer that you have.

Last edited by Moonman

What I would like to do is print to an architectural scale such as 1/4”=1’-0” or 1/2”=1’-0”.  I don’t se the function to do that in the software.  

Thank

Jim

 

Like Moonman, I believe the feature you are looking for does not exist in SCARM.  Might I suggest you ask the developer to consider adding that feature, if not too difficult?

Chuck

In the settings dialogue, one can set the grid dimensions under dimensions, next, one can select to print the grid in the print dialogue. The one has a scale reference no matter the physical size of the print.

The scale is set by the track library - the physical size of the baseboard is what it is.

Here is a 12" grid layout, view option with show size and area turned on, printed as a Landscape 11" x 8.5" - it is O scale track-

What are you missing?

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Carl,

I looked at your PDF, and it looks like the scale is approximately 1/2" = 1 foot.  How can he change that scale to 1/4" = 1 foot or to 1" = 1 foot?

Chuck

PRR1950 posted:

Carl,

I looked at your PDF, and it looks like the scale is approximately 1/2" = 1 foot.  How can he change that scale to 1/4" = 1 foot or to 1" = 1 foot?

Chuck

It is not - that is a 12" grid - 10 blocks on the left - 120" side is displayed

The grid is actual size and the track is scale - O scale is ~ 1/4 = 1ft - the layout diagram is automatically sized to print on whatever paper is in the printer

It seems that SCARM has the ability to produce 1:1 prints and proportioned images, not scaled drawings.

It would be useful to have a scaled drawing to develop benchwork construction drawings from.   In my world in the construction industry, things are usually presented in a scaled drawing, for which the trades can develop shop drawings or working drawings.

The grid, while a visually useful tool is insufficient.  I exported the SCARM drawing to an .EMF file, convert to .DXF, and imported into AutoCad.  While the result seemed to be in proportion, it did not come in scaled, it was roughly half scale and I had to scale it up.  There were still anomalies, i.e., individual 10" track sections varied in length by very small amounts, and overall proportions were slightly off.  I can work with this, but it is not exact.  Without having a CAD platform, I'm not sure one would be able to do this.

Jim

Last edited by Jim Harrington

FWIW, RR-Track has a scale feature with a lot of options. I assume that’s what you’re looking for.

I have to admit I’m not sure what a scale drawing does that the rulers, grid and baseboard coordinates (down to a fraction of an inch don’t do), but I’m not a CAD guy. I simply draw 1x2, 1x3, 1x4, 2x4 rectangles, etc., then arrange them under transparent decking rectangles/polygons to decide how best to configure the bench work framing.

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