DraftSight Symbol Tools

Over the last few weeks, we have spoken about features in DraftSight 2018 that you may not be aware of.  Well, today is no different!

Hidden away in the Toolbox Menu is the Symbols Tab. 

What does that do I hear you ask, well let me explain. The Symbols tool allows you to add Surface Finishing Symbols that either specify the surface texture of an object for manufacturing or Welding Symbols that describe the type of welds, their sizes, and other processing and finishing information to your drawing. Now that we have that out of the way, I’ll explain how to use the feature.

As you can see in the image below, the Symbols Tab has three different options.

The first is the Surface Finishing Symbols. Click on the icon and Surface Finish Symbols dialogue box will appear.

In the drop down menu, you can select the Symbol Style you would like to use. The Properties will change depending on the Style you select. Once you are happy with your selection, you can fill in the other sections and click OK. The final step is to locate your Symbol on your drawing.

The second option is Flip Surface Finish Symbol.  This does exactly what it says it does. After you have inserted a surface finish symbol, you can rotate it 180° by using the Flip Surface Finish Symbol command. It should be noted though that you cannot flip surface finish symbols with leaders.

The third and final option is Welding Symbols.  Click on the icon and Welding Symbols dialogue box will appear.

Again, using the drop down menu, you can select various different options such as where you want the information displayed, what Symbol Type to use and so on.  Again, once you are happy with your selection, just click on OK and you’ll be prompted to position your symbol on your drawing.

And that is a brief introduction to the Symbols command in DraftSight 2018.  As always, the DraftSight 2018 Help File has lots of information on these commands, so I would recommend checking it out when you can.

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MJ Smyth
The first time I used CAD, it was on a DOS PC with an 8088 processor, 640K of memory and a Hercules Mono Graphics Card... That, well that was a long long time ago. I switched to DraftSight the day it was released and haven't looked back!