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Creating Symbols with Symbol Builder

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Todays post takes a look at working with the symbol builder tool. If you are not currently running 2009 there has been a change to the interface of the symbol builder tool.

Creating an AutoCAD Electrical symbol includes adding the necessary attributes based on the symbol type, and for a schematic symbol, selecting an appropriate file name. Symbol builder uses attributes templates to facilitate adding the attributes. If you select a schematic symbol type, symbol builder suggests a file name based on the AutoCAD Electrical naming conventions. You will also use this tool to take existing non-AutoCAD Electrical Blocks and make them Electrical intelligent.

Lets take a look:

http://www.screencast.com/t/b0TlFezym

Created by Dave one of the Cad Geeks

Managing Blocks inside AutoCAD Mechanical

One of the rarely used features of the AutoCAD Mechanical tools is the ability to quickly organize and reuse your custom blocks.

AutoCAD Mechanical contains a very nice block library manager. You can create folders, set options and quickly add blocks for reuse.

This tool will save you a lot of time in the future for reuse of the blocks that you have today.

Check out my video:

Enjoy this tool,

Jim

Purge Blocks Project Wide with Electrical

As with any drawings in AutoCAD you end up with many unused block definitions in your drawings, AutoCAD Electrical isn’t much different in that aspect, the only main difference is that you could have many drawings you are working with. I have one customer that has about 200 sheets on average in their projects, that is quite a few drawings to go through and purge the blocks out before shipping or archiving the job. In AutoCAD Electrical a user can purge blocks project wide along with many other project wide utilities.

Project-Wide Utilities
Make sure that the active is saved or a drawing from the project. From the Projects pull down menu select Project Wide Utilities.


Click Ok
Select Project from the next dialog box.
Click Ok
Select the drawings to process.
Click Ok

As you can see from the Project-Wide Utilities dialog box there are many tasks that can be done project wide.

Let’s take a look

http://www.screencast.com/t/Ng4cmUMIWQ

Created by Dave one of the Cad Geeks

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