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Electrical – Displaying Terminal Strip Information

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When working with terminal strips AutoCAD Electrical offers a few different ways to display the information on our drawings. Of course we have the ability to display the terminal strip graphically and also with two types of charts. The video created for this post will show how to work within the terminal strip editor to create and place the charts onto our drawings.

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Great example of how companies can take advantage of Autodesk solutions for digital prototyping.

AutoCAD Electrical – Rename Catalog Headers

I wanted to share a quick tip about the catalog database. When you have a lot of users you don’t have the time to explain what data should be entered into the USER1 property. So let’s rename it!

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Inventor monitors your parameters while you focus on design

It can be very time consuming to constantly check your design each time you make a change. Fortunately Inventor provides tools to monitor your design limitations. This allows you to focus on your real job.

Autolimits are available inside the part or in the assembly files. Inventor can monitor lengths (paths), distances (point to point), angles, diameters, minimum distance between objects, area, perimeters, mass, or volume. However today well just be looking at monitoring the length of a wire in the assembly.

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Blogged by Josh, Yet another CAD Geek

What Can DWF do for you?

One of the central aspects of visualization with the Vault products is the usage of the DWF viewing format. You may not be aware of many of the capabilities available with DWF so I will just list some of them here:

  • DWF / DWFx published by Autodesk CAD software
  • 2D Viewing
  • 3D Viewing
  • Exploded Views and Assembly instructions
  • Sectioned 3D viewing
  • Measure / Markup / Print
  • Overlay markup data in CAD applications
  • Control amount of detail in a DWF
  • Disable “Measure” and “Print”
  • Locked down settings useful for customer and vendor interaction
  • Integrated email transmittal
  • Free Autodesk Design Review (comprehensive viewing software)
  • Free “Print” to DWF (for formats other than CAD)
  • Merge multiple documents into one DWF file (CAD, Specification and spreadsheet for example)

If you haven’t seen how this viewing technology works in action, you can find an interactive overview of the free Design Review HERE.

Also… for those who missed it, I recently presented a Data Management User group and covered the topics of Vault Security and DWF if you would like a more in depth look with demonstrations included. The DWF content is in the second half of the presentation that you can access HERE.

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