Regarding printing drawings, can anyone please tell me the line thickness standards for mechanical drawings, i.e., what are the thicknesses supposed to be for visible continuous lines that actually show the part, hidden lines, center lines, dimension lines, text, border, title block, etc..
As I understand it, the lines that show the part are supposed to be thick and the dimension, hidden, and center lines, are supposed to be about 1/2 the thickness of the visible lines of the actual part.
I am using AutoCAD 14 and will probably print the small drawings with a standard printer on 8.5 X 11 paper. I don't know if some printers run into problems with lines being too thin and not showing up, I would guess a thickness of .005" and up should be fine.
Should I just leave all line thickness at the AutoCAD default .010" and let the machinist change the pen width to their liking ? What do most people do ? I would like the make the drawings as clear as possible before sending the DWG files off, and many shops probably don't have plotters, just standard printers.
I would be interested in learning what most people do with regards to line thickness, rules of thumb, etc.. Any suggestions on actual thickness for visible, hidden, and center lines would be great.