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Master Layouts Electrical Utilizing AutoCAD

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Speaking with one of my co-workers Joshua Hunt he gave me the idea for this post. He was recently at a customer doing some AutoCAD Electrical customization when he learned that the customer wanted to have a master sheet containing all the drawings that made up a given project. Of course that is easily solved by just using the xref command that has lived inside of AutoCAD forever. It’s your choice of course if you want this sheet to be part of your actual project but to keep items simple at least place this file in the folder with your project dwg’s to ensure simple updating of the xref’s. Let’s Take a Look!!!
Created by Dave one of the Cad Geeks

Alias Anti-Aliasing

Anti-Aliasing is a method of smoothing the edges of a rendered image. Alias allows you to activate Anti-Aliasing while in Hardware Shade mode to enhance the look of your model. It can also be used to smooth out the look of your wire frame. I will demonstrate these settings in this weeks video.

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Created by Aaron… Your Alias CAD Geek!

Analysis Needs and Tools Survey

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No Wire Numbering Option for Wire Layers

For many of us their always seems to come a time to where we do not want to show wire numbers but still need to report wire information. Wire layers now have a “no wire numbering” option in AutoCAD Electrical 2010. These wires behave normally for inserting, breaking, and scooting components, and show up in the Wire From/To report.

The Insert Wire Numbers command follows these rules:

  • If all wires in the network are on layers set “No” for Wire Numbering, no new wire number is inserted.
  • If any wire in the network is on a layer set “Yes” for Wire Numbering, the existing non-fixed wire number is updated or a new wire number is inserted.
  • If a wire network already has a non-fixed wire number, it is updated regardless of the Wire Numbering setting. Use the Delete Wire Numbers command to remove the wire number.

Let’s Take a Look!!!
Created by Dave one of the Cad Geeks

Vault Workgroup – Lifecycle based permissions

One of the great features in the new Vault Workgroup 2010 is the ability to control access permissions based on the lifecycle state of the file in question. This means that only the appropriate personnel have access to a file when it is Work in Progress, Released, or Obsolete.

As an example take a look at the folder contents in this image. The administrator has access to all files regardless of lifecycle state.

But if we look at this image showing the same folder, there is only one released file shown due to the access permissions assigned to the “manufacturing” user.

This opens up the door for a whole new simplified release management structure. No moving files between WIP and Released folders that can be next to impossible to do correct consistently in Inventor… Just access to the right data, at the right time, by the right people.

Contributed by Ben of the CAD Geeks
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