I believe that the original poster wanted to work inside of autocad mep so that the didnt have to learn new software. Yes, Autocad Electrical will work great but again that is new software.
I looked at the drawing you posted and at the RH1B-UL symbol. You made the entire block a symbol which is better than what I said. You are almost finished. You need to place the symbol into your symbol library you can find the location by going into options->Mep Catalogs and then at the bottom is the location of the symbol library. You can either add your symbols to that library or put them all into a new library and change the location to point to your new drawing.
As far as getting them into your drawing, if you add them to your symbol library you can just type symboladd a the command line and then on the property palette change to the correct style of your symbol. Alternatively you could drag the symbol from your symbols library drawing onto a property palette. The palette tool will then grab the symbol from the symbol drawing.
Hopefully this helps you out.
Autocad Electric is the package for control contractors. You can view it here. http://www.autodesk.com/products/autodesk-autocad-
The electric in Autocad MEP is more for Electrical Contractors.
I am okay with learning another AutoCAD based software, but not at all interested in a new platform (Visio is what they were pushing). I reviewed the electrical but not sure the controllers are there, it is a little unclear. I guess I can always download the trial and see what really comes out of the box.
I will continue to work on getting the parts in my symbols library...if this works out, it may be better than electrical. Now to go play with CAD!
Keith- not sure what I am doing wrong.
What I did was created the relay block inside of the stock schematic single line drawing.
I added the connectors (it took me a while to figure out some other issues I was having but those are resolved), saved the drawing and dragged the relay block to my toolpalette.
Unfortunately, the symbol connections do not show up, the relay comes in as a block reference, unlike the other stock symbols that come in as a "schematic symbol"....what the heck am I missing?
It is probably just easier to copy an existing schematic tool on your tool palette and right click and go to properties and then change the style to the one that you created.
Most of the steps that I have mentioned are those that I have used for piping and hvac. The basic concepts should transfer over to schematic but might need to be 'tweaked' just a tad. This could be one of those times.
I take back "willing to learn CAD based program", holy cow pies that electrical program is NOT easy to use with only an AutoCAD training...that requires SERIOUS training and intel on how to take our commonly used parts and implement them. Enuff of that for now.
Keith, I have gotten two parts the way I want them to as far as connection points go. I now have a couple of other issues:
First, the attached is my schematic drawing file containing the blocks and symbols that contain my schematic styles.
On the Top row of connections, when I use the + mark to add schematic lines then change direction as I draw, the line begins at the connection point again? Is there a setting somewhere that controls this? The bottom row of connections does not do that....
Second, if I am zoomed to view the part in order to draw the diagrams I need, the connection points are severely outside of the actual connection point area. When I zoom in, they go back to their home location. the do however actually connect where they are supposed to.
What am I doing wrong?
Just whenI think all is working out and I am ready to jam and make some schematic diagrams, BAM, something goes horribly awry...okay, not terrible, enough to be frustrating.
I have a symbol, a relay, and when I add schematic lines to the connectors, the lines jump to the edge of the symbol and do not stay on the connector....what the cork suckin smell is going on here?????
Another issue that I have but have is one of my symbols, a controller, after I add the connectors in Style Manager, the symbol has a row of "arrows" that enable the block to be flipped 180 degrees, kind of like a dynamic block....what is that all about?
and a blank drawing saved as "test" is 1.58MB in size, WHY?
I am so ready for this three day weekend. I just do not have the brain energy right now to troubleshoot this mess....anyone out there feel like it?
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