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Creating mvparts with plan symbols

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01-21-2013 02:57 PM

Does anyone know of a good tutuorial on how to create mvparts with a 2D top view symbol? I am drawing speakers in 3D but when I go into a 1/8" plan view they are too small to see, so I want to be able to add a 2D symbol that can be seen in plan view. See attached screenshot.

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Re: Creating mvparts with plan symbols

01-22-2013 01:15 AM in reply to: wtaylor



I have recently started doing exactly this for light positions, as a lot of the lights we use are less that 100mm in diameter, and at 1:50 or higher they are unreadable. You need to create a block of the mvpart and a block of the required '2D symbol', overlay the 2D block centrally to the MV part block then use content builder. On the wizard where it suggests you may need a 2D representation, just click the down diamond and find your 2D block. May take a little bit of experimenting but once you can do it it's fairly straight forward.

Beware though, my team are having issues in that the 2D block will sometimes 'disappear' in the model, see my earlier posts in this forum. I have emailed some examples to one of the AutoCAD team and he is looking into it for me.


Hope that helps a little!

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Re: Creating mvparts with plan symbols

01-22-2013 08:01 AM in reply to: wtaylor

You fail to mention if you are creating a parametric based part or a block based part.  For a parametric based part you will just need to create the symbol on the symbol plane and then make sure to set the option to display the symbol in plan view.  For a block based part you just need to set the symbol block to whatever block you desire to represent your symbol.  Again, make sure to set the option to see the symbol when in plan view.


As always when working with mvparts you need to make sure that the layer zero is always visible and unfrozen in your drawing.  This will make sure that the mvpart is visible when it needs to be.

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Re: Creating mvparts with plan symbols

01-23-2013 05:48 PM in reply to: s.lawrence

Thanks for the quick reply. We are having a similiar issues with our 2D symbols randomly disappearing. I was thinking i wasnt setting them up right in the mvpart builder but they show up fine until I save the working file. I guess I will keep tweaking it and see what happens.

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