Been using AutoCad Electrical for five years and when I need a Parametric or Footprint on a newer product I end up having to make or modify an existing block. We get the annual upgrade each year, but I find new blocks are not added and I have to merge my library files into the new version to get the blocks I've generated myself. Does Autodesk update these blocks or come out with newer blocks? I don't see that Autodesk is supporting this product or adding new blocks for newer PLC's and equipment. Am I missing something with the upgrades?
Well....if you are looking for an A-B Logix PLC layout which includes smart blocks, part numbers, and easy to use pull-down I/O selection, check out this website: www.racklayout.com
Thanks for this post Gary. It is nearly impossible for us (Autodesk) to keep up with manufacturers, and even when we add 100,000's rows of new data to the catalog, it is invariably not the 10 things someone particularly needs. I would love to hear from the ACADE community on their thoughts about improving this problem.
If we provided a platform where users could add their unique content, would that be something that you would do?
Do you, or your company have rules or controls n sharing content with the peer community?
How often do you go to manufacturers to get the data sheets and catalog information you need? What is that experience like?
What are the barriers to you creating/adding/editing your own content?
something that might be benificial for those of us who use AB parts---a 64 bit arcx so that AB's product selection utility will integrate with ACADe.
Some manufacturers provide DXF or DWG files---those are relativly easy to turn into smart blocks--but there are others who only provide a PDF
Are you referring to integartion with the Rockwell eCADWorks configuration tool? Given that is a web based configuration tool, how would you see that integration workflow?
When making a PLC parametric block I generally go to the manufacturers web site and gather all the wiring data, then look for a similar PLC block already developed and modify it. We went through some autodesk training that was real helpful in this regard. Many times I find better "footprint" blocks on the manufacturers site and easily convert them to smart blocks in ACADE. It really doesn't take to long to make a block. I get lazy or rushed at times and do not take the time to link all the blocks together in the database as I should. I have no problem sharing any info with other autodesk users. Thanks Lee for your reply. I like the PLC parmetric editor and how you can add new blocks and it's there for the next project. Maybe there could be easier ways to link footprints you add to the schematic and database.
Thanks for the feedback Gary. It is really helpful to understand the pain points so we can be sure we focus on the right solution for our customers. It is also helpful for us to know the processes you use when working with content.
Do you have any sense for how often you have to create new content (dailiy, weekly, monthly, etc), and having created it, do you then use it repeatedly or do you do a lot of one of?
What I was refering too is more for the Panel Layout. Under the footprint selection-->Choice B; there is a button to link with your installed Rockwell ABECAD/eCAD. Before I upgraded to 64bit, this would open a configurator, and then install the appropriate foot print.
I think the lack of a 64bit plugin is more Rockwell/AB's fault.
I am slowly working through the years of "dumb" drawings (and pencil schematics) so I am making at least one new block each week..
I have been asking my vendors if 1. they have a database I can add to the default.mdb---sales guys usually have no problem making up a table of our standard parts for me--then I can associate existing blocks to these parts.
2. request a DWG for every part I buy--at least that will give me a starting point.
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