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5 Sites With Free Template Title Blocks to Download

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It is important to make CAD drawings presentable for both presentations and printing purposes. And one of the ways of doing so is by incorporating a neat title block in the drawing sheet where you place your CAD drawing. 

A Title Block holds important information to help the person using the drawing for construction or machining to understand things like the scale used in the engineering drawing, the type of units used in the dimensioning, the type of material used, whether the design has been verified by engineers and whether there are any revisions among other things.

However, drawing a title block from scratch may cost a CAD designer precious time especially when dealing with assembly drawings, which include drawings of more than one component. CAD designers can download free title blocks online to avoid wasting time drawing the title blocks from scratch.

We shall look at 5 sites that offer free title block templates for CAD designers in this post. However, before we get into listing the sites, it is important to understand several issues about title blocks to understand what you should be looking for when downloading the free title blocks from the sites. We shall first shed some light on what title blocks are, different types of title blocks, different sizes and locations of title blocks within a CAD drawing.

What is a Title Block in CAD?

A Title Block is a neatly arranged area on a CAD drawing sheet that contains specific information about the particular drawing that appears on the drawing sheet. The information contained in this areas includes the title of the project (drawing that appears on the drawing sheet), the designer’s name, the client’s name, the address of the site to which the drawing is to be used, the drawing date, the author’s name, checker’s name (mostly an engineer that checks and verified that the design is okay), revision information, the sheet number, the scale used for the drawing on the sheet, and components of an assembly and their respective materials among other information.

Most CAD applications come with different types of title block layouts that are placed in different templates. In most cases, these title block templates also include a border that extends along the edges of the drawing sheet in addition to the neatly arranged areas which in most cases is placed at the bottom right corner of the drawing sheet.

Types of Title Blocks

Two Types of Title Blocks are used in CAD and they include:

  • A CAD block that is placed within the drawing sheet file 
  • An xreffed file

The most common is a CAD block that is placed in a table format at the bottom right corner of a sheet. 

An xreffed file is a file that refers to another CAD file containing information about a specific drawing. It is commonly referred to as an XRef, external reference, or block reference file. And it is possible to XRef a CAD file that also XRef another CAD drawing.

Consideration When Making Title Blocks

A good Title Block should have consistency in appearance and information and should allow the person using the sheet drawing to easily implement the information provided on the title block and drawing. 

A CAD drawing provided to a machinist in a machine shop, for example, should have the dimensions, engineering tolerances, and type of units used in dimensioning well indicated to enable the machinist to properly machine the desired product/component.

Sizes of Title Blocks

Title blocks may just occupy a box corner on the bottom right corner of the drawing sheet though at times they tend to extend along the right edge of the drawing sheet depending on the amount of information it contains. As a result, when placing CAD drawing on drawing sheets, designers and engineers should ensure they leave enough room on the right side to accommodate the title block.

Though some templates may not include a border that extends around the four edges of the drawing sheet, a good title block template should include a border. The border helps in ensuring that the paper prints are properly printed without the drawing becoming bound out of alignment. Therefore, it is important to keep this in consideration even when looking for free title blocks to download.

The other thing to consider is the size of the title block. Generally, title blocks come in three different categories depending on their sizes determined by the different CAD drawing sizes. These categories include:

i.  Title Blocks used for A, B, C, and G size drawings

Black and white Title blocks used for a, b, c, and g size drawings

Figure 1. Example of a Title Block for A, B, C, and G drawing sizes (source)

ii. Title Blocks for D, E, F, H, J, and K size drawings

Black and white title blocks for d, e, f, h, j, and k size drawings

Figure 2. Example of a Title Block for D, E, F, H, J, and K drawing sizes (source)

iii. Vertical Title Blocks

Black and white examples of vertical title blocks

Figure 3. Examples of Vertical Title Blocks (source)

Below are two tables showing the dimensions of the different CAD drawing sizes, which should assist in determining which title block to use for your drawing

Engineering 

Drawing Size

Dimensions in Inches(“)

Dimensions in Millimeters (mm)

ANSI A

8.5 x 11

215.9 x 279.4

ANSI B

11 x 17

279.4 x 431.8

ANSI C

17 x 22

431.8 x 558.8

ANSI D

22 x 34

558.8 x 863.6

ANSI E

34 x 44

863.6 x 1117.6

Table 1. Showing the different size categories of Standard US engineering drawings

Architectural Drawing Size

Dimensions in
Inches(“)

Dimensions in
Millimeters (mm)

ARCH A

9 x 12

228.6 x 304.8

ARCH B

12 x 18

304.8 x 457.2

ARCH C

18 x 24

457.2 x 609.6

ARCH D

24 x 36

609.6 x 914.4

ARCH E

36 x 48

914.4 x 1219.2

Table 1. Showing the different size categories of Standard US architectural drawings 

Vertical Title Blocks are preferred for D to K drawings.

5 Sites Where You Can Download Free Title Blocks

Considering the information provided in the above sections, one can comfortably look for a free title block to download online. Below are 5 websites that offer free title blocks:

1. DWGfree

DWGfree website offers free title block templates for AutoCAD .DWG files to save engineers and designers from unnecessary work designing and configuring title blocks and rather concentrate on designing and drawing.

You can download, open, save, copy and edit any of the AutoCAD title blocks that are freely downloadable on this website.

You can use the search box to search for any title block template on this site.

Black, gray and white preview of a title blocks layout in metric in dwgfree website

Figure 4. Preview of a Title Blocks Layout in metric in DWGfree website (source)

2. Yourspreadsheets

The Yourspreadsheets site provides architects, civil engineers, contractors, structural engineers, and homeowners free .DWT title block formats.

These free title blocks can be downloaded and used on both personal and commercial projects. They are named in various names that start with the term “Mr.” then followed by a descriptive word that gives an insight into how the title block looks like. Examples of title blocks include Mr. Elegant, Mr. Rounded corners, Mr. Simple and Mr. Bubble

Example of mr. elegant free title block template on yourspreadsheets website

Figure 5. Example of Mr. Elegant free Title Block Template on Yourspreadsheets website (source)

3. CADforum

The CADforum website offers free title blocks for drawing drawn using Autodesk Inventor, AutoCAD, AutoCAD LT, Revit, Fusion 360, and other 2D and 3D Autodesk CAD applications. The title block templates are available in .IPT, .DWG, .F3D and .RFA file formats.

Dark blue, white and light blue screenshot of the cadforum website

Figure 6. Screenshot of the CADforum website

4. NRCS State Website

The NRCS website provides free title blocks in .DWG and DWG formats. However, the .DWG title blocks come in layout view with layers, dimensions styles, and text styles while the .DWG title blocks are only available in model space. 

Also, the title blocks from this site normally require AutoCAD to open.

5. DRAFTSPERSON.NET

The Draftsperson website provides two metric title block templates. One for A1 sheets and the other for A3 sheets. The free title blocks come in .DWG file formats.

Screenshot of the free title blocks on the draftsperson.net website

Figure 7. A screenshot of the free Title Blocks on the draftsperson.net website

Conclusion

You do not have to draw title blocks from scratch when putting your CAD drawing in drawing sheets for presentation or printing. There are hundreds if not thousands of free title blocks that you can download online especially from the websites that we have highlighted in the above section.

Downloading free Title Block Templates saves you time and ensures that you use standard title block formats recognized worldwide since most of the available title blocks are designed in standard formats.

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