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Component representation (Drawing Tab)

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A moment shall come when you’ll need to register a new component in your library, in order to finish a project. You may have noticed that the components from the standard library there are more than one representation to the same component. For example, there are circuit breakers with a schematic representation and another one for the mechanical layout.

Each representation will show something on the drawing. In the case of the schematic, it will have attributes and info that shall affect the behavior of the component in the electric schematic. As for the mechanical layout, we’ll have a representation with some properties and info that shall serve as a model while assembling the electric panel. In this article, we’re going to see which options should be linked to the component representation.

Accessign the representation tab (Drawing)

1. Right click the root “Component” folder, at the component palette.

2. Click in Next to access the drawing tab.

Here we must define the blocks that will be used to each one of the components representations. We’ll have 4 options to associate the block.

Import Button

With this option it’s possible to select a DWG file with the completed representation of the block, this block could be located in any directory, flash drive, server or download folder.

This block entities will be copied and a new block will be registered at the database, with the same setting, but with a singular name. In practice, it makes the copy of a block for you to work with.

It’s important to click in “Edit” after selecting your representation, because we have to make sure that this DWG file has no other layers that could spoil the component behavior. It’s also relevant that we adjust the drawing by removing any useless lines that may have been in the DWG file.

“Copy from” button

This option allows us to use the same representation from another existing component.

In practice, you can use the option “Copy from…” in case you have a standard representation of a contactor, for example, and then use the same drawing of a component that you already have at your library.

New/Edit button

This option gives access to all drawing tools so that the representation can be created manually by the user.

Advanced button

This feature verifies the name of the DWG file that the representation uses at the database. In practice, this means you can consult which block (DWG file) the component uses as it’s drawing.

Now, you have learned about all the methods to insert a representation to your component. Chose the best method to your needs and keep all your components always up to date.

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