CREATING A BASIC DRAWING PAGE TEMPLATE FOR YOUR PLOTTER FORMAT
NOTE: The following information describes the process for creating a format for a drawing page. You only need to use this information if you wish to have a drawing screen of a different size page format than E size. Otherwise, skip these instructions and go on to Chapter VI: DRAWING THE BASIC BLOCK .
1. Start C.P.M.. When the Start Up pop-up menu window open CLICK on the WIZARD button.
2. SELECT the Advanced Setup Wizard. The Advanced pop-up menu window will open with the Step 1: Units setting menu window on top.
4. SELECT the measurement unit you wish to use. C.P.M. will only run the BASIC BLOCK PATTERN routines in English measurement unit mode. They will not run using metric measurements. You may use Decimal, Architectural or Fractional modes. CLICKing the different mode buttons will show the dimension display style in the window next to the button row. We prefer the Fractional mode and this is the default setting for the Sew1 & Sew1a Templates.
NOTE: You can change your UNITS setting from the OPTIONS pop-down menu. This will pop-up a text window with the UNITS and ANGLES options in a text menu format. This allows you to make changes in mid-drawing process, if needed.
5. Next CLICK the Step 2: Angle TAB at the top of the menu window. Make sure Decimal Degrees is SELECTed and SELECT 0.00 Precision from the pop-down list.
6. CLICK on the Step 3: Angle Measure TAB at the top of the menu window. The default setting places 0E at 3:00 or EAST. This is the traditional placement in most computerized 2D drafting programs. We recommend that you keep this setting unless you have a very strong reason for setting it differently. It will be easier for you to use other drafting software if you train your mind to the standard.
8. CLICK on the Step 4: Angle Direction TAB at the top of the menu window. The default setting rotates upward from 0E in a counter clockwise direction. Again, we recommend that you keep this setting unless you have a very strong reason for setting it differently.
9. CLICK on the Step 5: Area TAB at the top of the menu window. Type in the dimensions for your new drawing page. It is standard practice with computer graphics that the width is the first number and the height is the second number. TYPE your numbers in the format that you choose in Step 1.
NOTE: You can make the paper any size you want. 48" wide "marker" (dotty) paper cut into 36" wide sections fit an E size plotter. Those fortunate enough to have an E size plotter that runs from a roll of paper can make the pattern drawing any length they desire, but the 36" width remains the same.