Join Shaun Bryant for an in-depth discussion in this video Setting the panel drawing configuration, part of AutoCAD Electrical Essential Training.
- [Voiceover] We're staying in the WD Demo Project and you'll notice that I've got the Demo02.DWG file open. Now we don't actually need the Drawing Demo02, but it's always good to have at least one Drawing open in any Auto CAD Electrical project; because you have to have a Drawing open for all of the functionality for Auto CAD Electrical. Just so you're aware of that, so you always need to have a Drawing open. Even if it's just a blank Drawing with nothing on it. It means that you can access everything on the Ribbon and everything in the Project Manager.
Now what we're gonna look at in this next video while we're looking at Settings and Templates, we're gonna look at setting what is called our Panel Configuration. So make sure you're in the Panel tab on the Ribbon, like I am at the moment. So there's Panel and there's the Configuration right there. And that's what we're gonna look at in a moment. But before we look at that, what we're going to do, we're gonna create a new Panel Drawing. So you'll notice in the Project Manager, I've expanded the Panel sub-folder and we're create a new Drawing called Demo10.
Demo-1-0. Now the new Drawing is not going to be set up via the Project Manager and there's a reason for that. And you'll see why in a moment. Now before we go anywhere else, I want to make sure you know where your Auto CAD Electrical Templates are. So just right click anywhere in the Drawing area and go to Options, like so. And make sure you go to the Files tab, and just check your template settings here. And then you want the Drawing Template File Location. So, that's where all of my standard Auto CAD Electrical Templates are.
In that big, long file path there. This one, right here. Now it may be that when you Auto CAD Electrical installed your CAD manager, your IT manager, might have changed that path and maybe located the Templates on a server or perhaps another computer in the office via the network. Always check the locations of your Templates. So, mine are just in, that's the default one when you install Auto CAD Electrical. I don't change that because I'm running on a stand alone laptop. But just make sure that you check. So I'll cancel the Options dial up box.
What I'm going to do now is I'm going to open up a new Drawing using on of those templates, but I'm not gonna open it for our other project manager. So I'm gonna come up here, to the quick access tool bar and click here on New. That will take me straight to that location that I've just shown you in the Options, and I want ACAD_Electrical.dwt. The IEC one, is the metric one. The one without the IEC designation is the imperial one. So inches and millimeters basically. So I'm gonna use the inches one and click on Open.
So there's my new Drawing. Now my new Drawing opens up and good ol' Auto CAD it calls it Drawing2. Surprise, surprise. So we need to save that Drawing now. I'm gonna do a Save As and I'm gonna come up here to the big red A, click here, and that brings up the application menu, and I want Save As and I want to save it as a Drawing, like so. Now the good thing is, it takes me straight to my Demo folder, where all my Drawings are stored. So I'm gonna type in there, Demo-1-0 like that. Demo10 and I'm gonna click on Save.
So that will save it in the appropriate location in the project folder. Now what I want to do is set up the Configuration here, like so. So what I want to do now, is I want to add this to the project and then set up the Panel Configuration. I can do this either way, doesn't matter. So if I go Configuration now, it will tell me that a special block needs to be added. Now this is a bit like the WDTB attribute that we looked at in previous videos. And these non-visible blocks apply all of the mapping tools and the attribute tools that Auto CAD Electrical needs to work with the database in the background.
So I OK that. That's all been applied, like so. And now, I can set up all my Panel Drawing Configurations. Things like, my balloons that we've looked at previously. I can set all of that. I can set the Footprint insert, where the Panel wire connections go, the Item numbering, what does it start at in this Drawing. All of those settings can be set up. Now I'm not actually going to change anything, I'm just gonna OK that, thank you very much, job done. I now need to add this particular drawing to the project. So what I've gotta do here now, is come up here, right click on WDDemo, and I'll need to add the Active Drawing to the Project itself.
So if I do that now, ooh look, that sounds familiar, do I want to apply the Project Default Values? So that's my Project Properties that we looked at at the beginning of this section. Of course I do. I want all of those settings in the Drawing, I click on Yes, it updates the Project, take a few seconds there, just scroll down and you'll see that there's my Demo10 Drawing there. Now what I want to do is, I want to bring that into the Panel sub-folder. So I click on it, drag it into the Panel sub-folder, and it adds it like that.
Now you'll notice the display is different, can you see that? We've got 0-9 and 10 there, so the numbers are obviously a little bit higgledy-piggledy there. So let's just edit these appropriately, because you can see there, look, Demo07A is actually taking up the 0-8 numbering. So I need to just edit some Properties here. So I'm gonna right click on this one, go to Properties and then go to Drawing Properties. So the sheet number there, should be 7A. So I'll just change that accordingly and OK that. Again it updates. And now, can you see that's 0-7A? And how it should be? And this should be 0-8, so I'm just editing the individual Drawing Properties now as well.
So this is why you need to be able to do this. So I'm going in there, edit that Sheet Value there, and I'll OK that. And now, we need to change Demo 0-9 as well. And, it's a bit long-winded, but it's good housekeeping to check on this and make sure it's exactly how it should be. Otherwise all your Display screws up here, in the WDDemo Project. Last but not least, we need to change Demo10 there as well. So you'll notice that's 0-8, we need that one to be 0-9. So I'll just go there, like so.
Make sure that's gone to 0-9, which it has. So that's okay. And we will need to Refresh it, can you see? This time when I click on it, it Refreshes. And then Demo10, well that's nice and easy, we go to Properties there again, Drawing Properties and we just change the Sheet Value there to 10. And I OK that. And that'll update as well. Now once you've done all of that, you will have noticed with the Demo 0-9 Drawing, it didn't update automatically. You can just Refresh it up here, can you see? So there's a Drawing List Display Configuration here and also you've got Refresh here as well.
So you can go in and Refresh everything and make sure it's got all the appropriate readouts. More importantly though, you now know that your Drawing Demo10 has got all the Panel Configuration tools set up and more importantly it's got all the Project Properties applied to that Drawing as well.
Shaun Bryant demos the user interface and leads you step-by-step through learning how to draw the kind of precise, measured electrical drawings and schematics that form the basis of design communication in electrical engineering the world over. Learn how to design wiring diagrams, insert components and terminals, use PLC symbols in ladder diagrams, perform point-to-point wiring, create custom symbols, add annotations like title blocks to drawings, and run reports. In the final chapters, Shaun shows how to set up AutoCAD Electrical to your liking by adjusting settings and customizing the built-in templates, and demonstrates how to reuse, copy, export, and verify drawings.
- Creating electrical drawings
- Inserting, editing, and numbering wires
- Inserting components
- Using 3-phase ladders and components
- Working with saved circuits
- Using the Circuit Clipboard and Builder
- Editing, moving, copying, and deleting components
- Copying installation and location code values
- Editing panel drawings
- Inserting terminals
- Using PLC symbols
- Using point-to-point wiring
- Creating custom symbols
- Setting up title blocks
- Running reports
- Adjusting settings and templates
- Using the drawing update tools
Skill Level Appropriate for all
Q: This course was updated on 04/28/2017. What changed?
A: New videos were added that cover technology improvements in AutoCAD Electrical 2018, and show how to explore the user interface, manage files and options, navigate in a drawing, and document content.