From your question, it seems you are talking about Sheet Boundary.
In Sheet Model, Rectangle with Shadow is called as Sheet Boundary. It describes the area of actual Paper space on which you are going to print.
To this Boundary you can associate sheet Border. Sheet border may contain title block, Border Graphics. You have to attach Sheet Border as reference attachment to the Sheet Model. You can associate this Border to Sheet Boundary, so if you make any change to the Boundary e.g. move, rotate, change annotation scale; Border also changes.
You can modify Sheet Boundary using Sheet Boundary tool. This tool can be invoked by following ways:
Open Models dialog, select Sheet Model and click on "Define Sheet Boundary" from Models Menu.
Right click in Sheet Model and select Sheet Boundary.
Using this tool you can
Move, Rotate Sheet Boundary along with Associated border.
Change Size of the Sheet.
Change Annotation Scale.
Associate Border with Sheet Boundary
Perfect. Thanks Swanand. That's just what I was looking for.
Not that it really matters, but I couldn't find the "Define Sheet Boundry" icon on the models dialog. I had to access the tool via the sheet composition toolbox per the help.
Would you mind providing a bit more info on the "Border Attachment" Option for defining sheet boundries.
Help documentation provides the following:
(Sheet Model only) Sets the border to be attached as a reference, which comes from the seed model.
I don't get it. I tried the following steps in order to expededite sheet boundary placement in existing models:
1. I opened my 1to1 scale title block and changed it from a design model to a sheet model. I moved the sheet boundary to align with the drawn title block.
2. I closed my title block and opened my eighth scale (1/8th'' to 1') design file (sample sheet). I changed it to a sheet model and selected my title block reference (from step 1) for my Border Attachment.
I expected the sheet boundry in my sample sheet to correctly get scaled and located to the location where the title block reference is located. While microstation did get the correct scale and paper size, it did not shift the boundary origin to the correct location (it leaves the sheet boundary way off to the upper right of my drawing and referenced in titleblock). Oddly enough, if I go back into the model properties dialog and simply press ok, then refresh the view, the title block reference goes flying off the way upper right location to the match the sheet boundary.
Am I using this feature incorrectly? If not, why doesn't the sheet boundary go to the correct location in my sample sheet?
After attaching the Title block as reference in Sheet Model, do following steps:
This will associate the Title block reference with Sheet Boundary. Now if you modify any of the boundary settings like change annotation scale, move, rotate; will rotate the title block along with boundary.
You can associate Title Block to the Sheet Bounadry in Model Propeties dialog also.
Now you can use this Sheet Model as Seed model for making new sheets. So when you press OK in Create Model dialog, Title block associated with Sheet Boundary will be created in new Sheet model.
Hope this answers your questions.
I see. Thanks for the explanation. I was hoping that it would associate the sheet boundary in the active model with the one in the title block reference.
So, if I want to convert a current job of design models into sheet models (i.e. add sheet boundaries to a set of design models) I need to go one by one, change model type to sheet, and use the sheet boundary tool to move the sheet boundary to the correct location. Please let me know if there is a better way.