AutoCAD Electrical General Discussion

AutoCAD Electrical General Discussion

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Registered: ‎03-03-2011
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Adding multiple catalog information to parts in the Icon Library

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03-25-2011 08:56 AM

Is there a way to add parts to the the icon menu in ACADE 2010 with the catalog entries for multiple catalog parts? I'm trying to create icons that contain the catalog parts for assemblies that we use everyday to avoid having to manually enter the individual multiple catalog parts every time I select the icon. I know I can do this from the symbol builder but I can only enter one part number. An example of this would be a push button with the LED, base, holder, and the button catalog information in one schematic icon already. Is there a way to do this? 

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Re: Adding multiple catalog information to parts in the Icon Library

03-25-2011 09:38 AM in reply to: gtralt

If I understand you correctly, you want an icon on the icon menu that inserts a symbol that is preloaded with main part and subassembly part(s) data. 


Normally we use the Assembly Code method to load subassembly items.  We insert the schematic symbol and click Lookup.  We will have predefined a master part and its related subassembly parts in the Catalog Database.  Once we click the master part number and it is assigned to the symbol, the Assembly Code is brought in from the Catalog as well.  When a BOM is created, Electrical sees that the master part has subassembly parts and it loads them all into the BOM report.  This is the automated way to link a master with its subassembly parts (i.e. relay, relay base, retainer spring).


If you know that you will always use the same part numbers for a particular schematic symbol, you could edit the symbol and add the subassembly parts into the master permanently. Anytime you insert this symbol, all part numbers will be pre-assigned.  This method makes use of the Multiple Catalog method, which also allows for a separate Item Number for each subassembly part.  This is what the optional attributes MFG01, CAT01, MFG02, CAT02, etc., that you see in the original version of Symbol Builder (versions 2008 and previous) are used for.


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