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How to plot large format drawing on a small format printer?

A - answer Use the following trick to print tiled AutoCAD drawing e.g. A3-size sheet on a A4-size printer or fax.

First 'ePlot' your drawing - plot or publish your drawing to a .DWF format. Start Autodesk Express Viewer or Autodesk DWF Viewer (free CAD viewers, see and in the Print dialog select your output format (print to scale). Choose 'Tile drawing'. Use Display tiles to see the dividing lines between print tiles (there is an automatic overlap and position marks). Then simply print these tiles as separate pages to your small format printer (or fax).

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See also:
Tip 10461:Unattended DWG plotting and PDF publishing without AutoCAD.
Tip 9998:Automatically rotate drawings plotted from Revit or other software.
Tip 9972:Create free 3D PDF output files from any CAD software.
Tip 8425:Batch print for multiple drawings, multiple printers and copies.
Tip 4440:HP Instant Printing from Autodesk DWF Viewer / Composer.

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