Drawing templates are a great way to ensure that all new drawings are created with the correct drawing settings. In this video, learn how to use templates.
- [Instructor] One of the most important aspects of creating a P&ID, is to make sure that you're creating a drawing based on either your company, or your client's drawing standards. The easiest way to ensure this is to set up a drawing template where all the layers, line types, scales, and title blocks are predefined, and have been checked for accuracy. Once the template has been created, we set this as the default for each new drawing. We can set the location of the template in the Project Setup window like this. We're going to go to Project Manager, open the Project Setup, and take a look at our paths here.
So the drawing template file is stored in the standard location with all your other AutoCAD templates. So, let's go and look at this template file, and we'll notice the path where this is located. This is inside your regular AutoCAD templates. So, it's stored with all the other templates that we have. We have the option here for P&ID different sizes. All the P&ID templates out of the box have a P&ID prefix. So, we're going to use the ANCD Color Dependent. So, let's go ahead and copy that file.
Now, I'm going to go out to Windows, I'm going to navigate to our project, and I'm going to create a new folder in here, and we're going to call it templates. And I'm going to paste the file there. This is the one that's a default. We're going to create a new version of this one that's specific to this project. So I'm going to rename this to LinkedIn Template. So, I'm going to path to that. So, I'm going to go back to our exercise files, Chapter 4. Now we're going to choose the template, and we're going to use this new template file here.
And this is going to be our new default for all the drawings that we have going forward. So, now let's open that template file. We're going to go back to our Chapter 4 template. Make sure you're set to a .dwt file here, and let's open this drawing. So, I'm going to create a new layer in here, and I'm going to call this new layer LinkedIn, and I'm just going to assign it a different color. Let's call this one Color 63.
Now, I'm going to flip into paper space, and I'm going to take our title block... I'm just going to right-click on that to get to properties. You can see that's being created on Layer Title Block. So, I'm just going to change that. I'm going to modify that so that it's going to be on our LinkedIn layer. And you'll see the color has changed on that, too. So let's go ahead and save that file. I'm going to go ahead here and create a new drawing. We're going to call this one Chapter 4, Video 05, and check down here to see which template we're using.
Notice that we're actually going inside the chapter folder, we're not using the default AutoCAD path for this one. And we're going to say Okay. And you'll see the drawing has been created with the modifications that we made. So, if you're actually working with your client, you can change anything in this title block to include logos, all their specific client information. By setting up predefined project templates, you, as an administrator, can enforce the use of the correct template, ensuring that the client drafting standards are always being met.
- Accessing data in Project Manager
- Reviewing P&ID class definitions
- Reviewing drawing properties vs. project properties
- Creating a new project
- Managing files
- Setting up P&ID project paths
- Working with custom project properties
- Creating custom P&ID symbols, component tags, and animation
- Modifying existing symbols
- Setting layers, fonts, and linetypes