Save time + draw more efficiently in AutoCAD

And replicate the look + settings of 30X40’s simple, minimalist drawing style in your studio with the AutoCAD Bundle.

You’ll get:

  • 30X40’s AutoCAD Template
  • 30X40’s Lighting Plan Template
  • 30X40’s Minimalist Title Block, General Note, + Cover Sheet Pack

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Having difficulty creating presentation quality, professional drawings in AutoCAD?

Here’s the reason:

Most design professionals aren't taught how to put together a set of construction drawings in school.

They learn on the job. And so, what’s passed on in practice is highly dependent on where a design professional completes their training.

If you learn to draw in a studio that places a high importance on drawing clarity and organization, your drawing style will naturally reflect this too.

The vast majority of us learn through trial and error; we aren't taught by skilled tradespeople.

So you try to make do with what you have, wasting time and unknowingly exposing yourself to unnecessary risk and liability.

You can get fancier tools…

But tools don’t make the drawing. You do.

You’ve done this before. I guarantee it.

You’re working in AutoCAD and you need to create a simple floor plan for your meeting tomorrow.

So, you go on the hunt in your digital drawing archive for a recent project to copy. Then, you set about deleting everything you don’t need.

But halfway through, you remember there was another project that was probably a better fit, so you find that one and copy and paste in all the blocks and line work you need.

But, when you paste these in, you redefine and overwrite some of the original blocks with the newer ones. Undo…undo…undo…arggh! Now try again...

At this point, the errors and inefficiencies start stacking up…

And your drawing is a mess, but you don’t have time to fix it because all you can think about is meeting your deadline.

When the meeting is over, you’ll have to return to clean up the file, wasting even more time.

This is time you can’t bill for; it’s wasted effort and now you have the mental burden to carry with you as you move through your day, remembering that you have to return to patch things up.

When you start collaborating with others on the design team, the problem compounds, and the chance for error does too. Every project a series of band-aids; every drawing looks like it was drawn by an entirely different design professional: different text, different dimension styles, and layers.

This is no way to work.

There is a better way.

Imagine starting a new drawing without having to track down your favorite dimensions and text styles, title sheet, most used blocks, annotations, all the standard settings you used on the last project.

Professionals don't cut + paste or cobble together their most important documents.

Use my AutoCAD Bundle to achieve the look and feel of 30X40’s digital drawings each time you start a new project. It's all in one place and includes instructions on how to fine-tune it to create your own professional style.

Watch this video to see what’s included:

The assets in this AutoCAD Bundle are easy to use and implement.

And with my simple instructions, you’ll be up and running in under an hour.

Need a title block? Done.

Need simple blocks that adjust to your project? Done.

Need a dimension style that matches the scale you’re working in? Done.

Plus, all your general notes sheets and annotations are included, so you’ll never have to worry about missing those important CYA callouts.

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Contractors and clients love my drawings because they’re easy to read

I consider my architectural drawings to be an extension of my business branding. Clients and collaborators can easily judge my studio’s priorities just by looking at my drawings.

What makes them aesthetically pleasing is that they’re also functional, and that’s because architectural drawing - at its core - is about communicating your ideas to those you’re expecting to buy into, finance, and construct your work.

A clear drawing style communicates your intent clearly and leaves no room for interpretation.

Our job as design professionals is to order and organize information, and our drawings do this for us.

There's the organization of the line work on the page, the layout of the sheet, and the hierarchy of information you're choosing to depict.

Each requires that you know exactly what you're trying to communicate.

Replicate the look + feel of 30X40’s simple, minimalist drawing style in your studio

Here’s what you get with the AutoCAD Bundle

AutoCAD Template

The following documents are included in a single zip file + are compatible with both MAC + PC versions of AutoCAD (2013/2018 versions included). **Choose from Metric or Imperial units**

  • > Getting Started Instructions (PDF) - 5 pages
  • > Color table (.ctb) with preset pen settings, widths and colors
  • > Sample Floor Plan Drawing (PDF)
  • > AutoCAD Floor Plan Template (.dwt) - **Metric + Imperial templates**

  • Arch D (24" x 36") + A1 (841x594) size title blocks (additional title blocks with our new Title Block Pack)
  • Line weights + line types
  • Text + dimension styles
    • Imperial: 3", 1 1/2", 1", 1/2", 1/4", 1/8", 1/16"
    • Metric: 1:5, 1:10, 1:25, 1:50, 1:100, 1:200
  • Basic layer setup
  • Shading styles / colors
  • Typical annotation blocks
  • Furniture blocks
  • Minimalist set of planimetric blocks used by 30X40
  • Dynamic door + window blocks (version dependent)
  • Small sample floor plan
  • Small sample elevation with tree line layout
  • Sun path diagram (must modify per your site location + latitude)

AutoCAD Lighting Plan Template

Get the hallmark 30X40 minimalist styling for your electrical plans.

The following documents are included in a single zip file + are compatible with both MAC + PC versions of AutoCAD (2013/2018 versions included).

AutoCAD Electrical Plan Template (.dwg) - **Metric + Imperial templates**

  • Arch D (24" x 36") + A1 (841x594) size title blocks
  • Line weights + line types
  • Text + dimension styles
    • Imperial: 1/4"
    • Metric: 1:50
  • Basic layer setup
  • Typical electrical plan blocks
  • General notes
  • Small sample floor plan (shown)
  • Short walk-through workflow tutorial + tips

30X40 Title Block Pack

Simply add your logo + branding, and these simple, clean layouts are ready for plotting.

Complementing 30X40 Design Workshop's AutoCAD template, this set of predesigned, minimalist title blocks (.dwg format) includes three each of the most common metric + Imperial sizes, matching cover sheets in four sizes, and general notes, legend, and symbols sheet.

Each one marries seamlessly with 30X40's AutoCAD drawing template + print settings.

What's included (Autocad .dwg format):

  • Imperial title blocks (landscape format):
    • Arch D (36" x 24")
    • Arch D Cover Sheet
    • Arch D General Notes, Legend, Symbols + Drawing List Sheet
    • Arch C (24" x 18")
    • Arch C Cover Sheet
    • Tabloid (17" x 11")
  • Metric title blocks (landscape format):
    • A1 (841mm x 594 mm)
    • A1 Cover Sheet
    • A1 General Notes, Legend, Symbols + Drawing List Sheet
    • A2 ( 594mm x 420mm)
    • A2 Cover Sheet
    • A3 (420mm x 297mm)

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You can get AutoCAD templates everywhere nowadays. So, how is this one different?

Why not just use AutoCAD’s built-in templates?

To begin with, the design is…well, horrible.

And, then, there’s this:

Off-the-shelf templates are made by software engineers who don’t understand the first thing about what a drawing set should include.

How about the generic templates you can find online that include hundreds of pre-formatted blocks and every layer in the universe that they include.

So, let me ask you:

Do you have time to search through hundreds of blocks to decide which one you want to use? Then scroll through 136 layers to find the right one to place it on?

And then, when you place it in the drawing, it has way too much detail. Every quarter panel and windshield wiper on the car is drawn in exquisite detail.

This bogs down your drawing, and the styling and level of detail far exceed the important elements of the drawing. You don’t need hundreds of overwrought blocks, you need to focus on what’s important.

The biggest mistake I see in professional architectural drawing sets is the lack of clarity.

Most drawing sets look flat and lifeless.

There’s a simple reason for this: when everything is drawn with the same line weight nothing on the drawing is more important than anything else.

By varying line weights we add depth and call attention to the things we want to highlight as important. For a floor plan, that might be the wall outlines, for elevations it’s building volumes.

When we combine this with shading, different line types and subtle annotations we can transform a flat drawing into one that’s clear and legible. Adding contrast is a stylistic hallmark of beautiful architectural drawings that communicate ideas clearly.

It’s taken me years to dial in these settings and these templates will save you all the trouble and time and leave you with a professionally styled drawing.

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Your Instructor

Eric Reinholdt, RA, NCARB
Eric Reinholdt, RA, NCARB

Hi, I'm Eric, an award-winning architect, entrepreneur and founder of 30X40 Design Workshop, a design studio located on Mount Desert Island, Maine. I'm also author of the Architect + Entrepreneur book series and creator of the most popular architecture-focused YouTube channel online. I've been designing simple, modern residential architecture for more than 27 years and a practitioner of all the novel, entrepreneurial business strategies I teach in my courses.

Here are some examples of my work:

There’s a meaningful difference between someone who simply teaches principles and someone who has actually implemented those principles in the field. I’ve built countless structures using this template as my starting point.

I know what works and what doesn’t because I've done it.

Using my AutoCAD assets will put you ahead of your competition and save hours of your time:

Ease & Efficiency: Say goodbye to the repetitive and time-consuming task of setting up every new drawing from scratch. With blocks ready to adjust to your project, title blocks in place, and dimension styles tailored to every scale, you can spend more time being creative.

Consistency: Benefit from a uniform start each time. My AutoCAD template ensures every drawing begins with the correct settings, blocks, and annotations, eliminating guesswork and inconsistencies.

Aesthetic Excellence: You'll be equipped with a minimalist, clean visual style that not only conveys a professional brand, but also speaks to your clients, consultants, and contractors. Drawing conventions that I've polished over the years ensure your ideas are realized, both on paper and in the field.

Customization: While the template offers a solid starting point, it also comes with instructions to adjust and adapt, allowing your studio’s individual style to shine through.

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10,000+ architects and designers have been using the AutoCAD Bundle.

Here’s what they’re saying:

"After seeing thousands of plans, yours are a joy to look at!"

- Tyler G. Contractor.

"This template has improved the quality of my documentation so much! The set up instructions were very clear and helpful too."

- Madeline.

"Beautifully designed and easy to use. Very helpful and exactly as I expected."

- Sara.

"I love this template, it helps me a lot with my architecture work! The details are very useful!"

- Anonymous.

"I’m very grateful for this template! No longer need to do post production for my drawings! Recommend with confidence"

- Daniela.

"Amazing, thank you so much! Saved me time, setup instructions were clear, and my drawings look super clean and organized now!"

- Jamie.

"The product is well made, organized, and well worth the price"

- Ahmad.

Achieve the look and feel of 30X40’s digital drawings each time you start a new project

The AutoCAD template

You'll get:

  • Graphically compelling visuals right out of the box without fussing or experimenting
  • An example of line types and styles that effectively communicate with both clients and contractors
  • A small sample floor plan + elevation for reference
  • A minimalist, well-designed title block
  • Artistic pen settings for your plotter

AutoCAD Lighting Plan Template

You'll get:

  • 30X40's Electrical plan legend + general notes
  • 30X40's Electrical symbols 30X40's simple layer system
  • Small sample electrical floor plan to copy and match styles
  • A minimalist, well-designed title block (A1 + Arch D sizes)
  • Short walk-through video demonstrating Eric's workflow, steps + tips

30X40 AutoCAD Title Block Pack

  • A set of predesigned, minimalist title blocks
  • Matching cover sheets in four sizes, and a general notes, legend , and symbol sheet.
  • Each one marries seamlessly with 30X40's AutoCAD drawing template + print settings (you'll need this for the .ctb file)
  • Simply add your logo + branding, and these simple, clean layouts are ready for plotting

Get the AutoCAD Bundle, download the bundle assets, customize them to suit your needs, and use them to create accurate and beautiful working drawings.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is this a course? Will it teach me to use AutoCAD?
No, the Bundle contains assets such as a digital drawing template for use with AutoCAD. You must know how to use AutoCAD to make use of these assets.
I'm using an earlier version of AutoCAD, will this work with it? What will I lose by converting it to an older version?
These assets have been confirmed to work with versions 2013 and newer. Unfortunately, I don't know how these assets will behave or what aspects may perform differently with earlier versions. A Google search will often yield the best answers specific to your software release version.
Is there a REVIT version available?
Yes, there is! Reach out and I'll send you the link.
What's your refund policy?
As these are digital assets you receive immediately upon purchase I'm not able to offer refunds.
What size title blocks are included?
See the description field above.
Does this include a .dwg file of the PDF floor plan too?
No, it does not. Our professional liability insurance doesn’t permit sharing of this type of CAD file. They're copyright-protected, instruments of service. The PDF does show all the details + settings we use so you can recreate it. The template includes a simple floor plan with all the same characteristics as the full-size PDF which you can use to reference and match properties.
Will these files work with...Vectorworks, Draftsight, ArchiCAD, or (insert other CAD program)...?
I can't guarantee that this will work with anything other than AutoCAD. If you purchase this for another program and it doesn't work, I'm not able to offer tech support or refunds. If you purchase it, it's at your own risk. The reason I don't know if it will work is because I use AutoCAD exclusively. The template file is delivered as a .dwt file but the file’s extension can simply be changed to a .dwg file so if your program is able to import .dwg files you have a chance.

Other things it relies on to achieve the look and feel are: polylines, dimension/text styles, paper space, hatches and ultimately a color table (.ctb) to print the lines the way I have them configured. So, if your program has similar items and treats them similarly to AutoCAD you may be able to replicate the look very easily, but I make no warranties about how it may convert if you choose to purchase it.
I work in Metric, will these work for me?
Yes! The Bundle assets include both metric and Imperial versions.
How long do I have access to the Bundle assets?
How does lifetime access sound? After purchasing, you have unlimited access to these resources for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
How will I receive the assets?
You'll receive immediate access to download all the files upon purchase.
What scales are included for dimensions and text styles?
See the description field above.

You can always earn another dollar, but you’ll never earn another minute

These are resources that will allow you to create beautiful and accurate working drawings in AutoCAD without wasting hours tinkering with off-the-shelf templates or searching through your archive of old projects.

All you have to do is download the files and follow my instructions.

In less than an hour, you’ll be up and running, creating drawings that your clients and contractors will love.

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