I’m a design drafter. I create contract plans for construction. After the final plan sets are made, I hand the prints off to our archival team to put the drawings in their final home. Part of this process is printing a unique barcode sticker for each sheet. I didn’t realize that they went through such a tedious process to get this done until an associate at work came to me with an idea: why not print barcodes directly on the plan sheets?
How? I learned that it was simple: there are barcode fonts. So I asked around and found out that they use a “3 of 9″ barcode. After a quick search I found a free one here: http://www.dafont.com/3of9-barcode.font
Of course the next question was what information went into the barcode. I found out that each barcode that goes on our drawing sheets is made up of a combination of something we call a “Vault Plan Number” and the sheet number surrounded by asterisks. Since we already have this infomation on our sheets, I thought, this should be easy!
Here’s how I set it up:
Download and install the 3 of 9 barcode font (this is what we use but your system may use a different kind of barcode).
Create a barcode text style in AutoCAD.
Start the MTEXT command and type an asterisk (*) because this is one of the barcode requirements. Then insert an “object” field, select the “Vault Plan Number” text object, choose the “contents” property and hit OK.
After that field I added a hyphen, then inserted another field for the sheet number. Finally I added another asterisk at the end.
Make sure you set the barcode text style.
Place the barcode in an appropriate place in the sheet template.
This just saved us a couple of tedious steps in printing and placing barcode labels on each sheet!