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AutoCAD MEP helps you build the systems—mechanical, electrical, and plumbing—that connect buildings to the outside world. This course will help you draft, design, and document these systems using MEP's powerful toolset. Author Eric Wing touches on project setup, as well as external referencing and display configurations, before diving into individual modeling scenarios. In one chapter, he'll show how to create electrical power plans and lighting plans with receptacles and lighting fixtures. In the next, it's a mechanical plan, with rooftop units, VAV boxes, ducts, and diffusers. Last, you'll work on a plumbing plan and system. Then he ties the drawings together with smart tags and schedules, and creates section and elevation versions of your plans. Dive in now and learn to eliminate tedious drawing tasks while creating more accurate documentation with MEP.
There is a lot going on in this program. Not only do we have to create a combination of Display Settings for Environment, but we can also drill in and control the settings for individual objects as well. This video will focus on the third setting in the Display Manager Dialogue, representation by objects. We will first start a new drawing, then we will add some pipe. Once we do that, we're going to take a look at how that pipe is controlled through the representation by objects dialogue.
So, let's jump in to AutoCAD, let's go over to get started. We're going to start a new drawing using a predefined template. That template will be AECB model, U.S imperial, CTB. Let's go ahead and go to our workspace switching. Let's go over to piping. There are two pallets. Let's grab some chilled water supply. I'm going to pick a line here. I'm going to come up, I'm just going to sketch in some pipe. I'm going to hit escape a couple times. Let's change from MEP Design in our display configuration to MEP Basic Two Line.
This will turn on our double lines. Now what I want to do is see how pipe is actually represented. Let's go to display manager. Now let’s journal into representations by objects. Every single object that we can possibly put in a drawing is shown here. Let's scroll down to Pipe. I'm going to double click on Pipe. Now we can do 1 Line, 1 Line Screened, or 2 Line. Let's select 2 Line, because that's currently what we have set. Now we can go to Layer, Color, Linetype, Hatching, Other for Custom Block Displays.
Or Version History, which really doesn't have much relevance. Let's go to layer color line type. Let's go to center line. Let's turn that on in the visible column. Let's click apply and let's click OK. Now what will happen is, anytime we draw a pipe, the center line display will be turned on. If we go back to the Display Manager, we'll see that we have Configurations, Sets, and then, finally, Representations by Object. The three work in concert with one another.
Let's close out of this display. So the next time you want to turn on center lines of pipe, or duct or anything else for that matter, you know how
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