In SOLIDWORKS, drawing views can be at any scale (2:1, 1:2, for example) in relation to the model.

Drawing Sheets

You can set separate scales for each drawing sheet in the Sheet Properties dialog box. Right-click the drawing sheet outside any drawing views and select Properties. The scale of a drawing sheet appears in the status line at the bottom of the SOLIDWORKS window.

Drawing Views

The scale of a drawing view is set in the PropertyManager when you select the view in the graphics area. A drawing view uses the scale of the drawing sheet unless one of the following occurs:
  • You specify another scale, either when creating the view or any time afterwards.
  • The software needs to fit the view on the sheet with a certain scale.

When you create a child view (Section View, Detail View, and so on), the scale of the child view can be the same as the parent view, the same as the drawing sheet, or a custom scale. This section view has the same scale as its parent view.