So, then this means the dwg file for the footrprint needs to be created and placed in the Eaton footprint folder?
Generally speaking, this is the answer. For anything we've needed that wasn't provided (most of our stuff isn't) we just used the blocks we had before ACADE or grabbed something from the Mfr. if possible and went from there. (Added needed attributes, etc.)
Thanks. Most how-to seems to involve dropping in a button and nameplate, both of which conveniently already have footprints in the database. But a lot of manufacturers provide no footprints for autocad, they just have side and profile cad drawings on their websites. I guess you have to clip out the parts of the drawing you want and add attributes to them to create footprint drawings. For a cabinet with a hundred components that aren't all from AB, this will take awhile.
If you have existing footprints that you already use, AutoCAD Electrical will automatically add necessary attributes when you insert the footprint from the schematic list. You only need to edit the Footprint Lookup Database and map the part number to your preferred block.
The attributes insert at the basepoint of the block, but you can reposition them if necessary. I use the Move/Show Attribute tool for this because I can move multiple attributes from multiple blocks at once.
After inserting a standard block and having ACADE add all the necessary attributes, you can export the block and overwrite the original using the WBLOCK command.
Just type wblock, select Block as the source.
Click the Select Obejects button and select the block you want to export.
Pick or set the basepoint and then set the filename before saving it.
One block with attributes saved to your hard drive.
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