How to Use DesignCenter (Ctrl + 2) to Import Wires into AutoCAD Electrical
Posted on May 30, 2013 by Todd Schmoock, Synergis Solutions Engineer:
You have valid AutoCAD Electrical wires located in various files whether it be template files or files inside other projects and you would like to use them in the current drawing you are working on, but you don’t want to waste your time re-creating them using the Create/Edit Wire Type tool. AutoCAD Electrical 2014 has a tool inside the Create/Edit Wire Type dialog box called Import..:
However, it does not populate the cells originally utilized and just places the layer name in the Layer Name cell:
By using the DesignCenter (Ctrl+2) and selecting the valid wire layers from another file it will populate the Layer Name cell and any other cells you used to originally create the valid wire layer using the Create/Edit Wire Type tool:
The same file was used in both examples shown in the previous images, but notice how the other cells are populated in the last image.
As you can see, using the DesignCenter (Ctrl+2) is the better choice since it will save you time. Additionally, you could create a template file that has all of the wire types you use and us this procedure to populate the wires as you need them.
Check out some of Todd’s previous posts:
- AutoCAD Electrical Tools You Should Use
- Things you Should Know About Installing AutoCAD Electrical
- AutoCAD Electrical Symbol Data
- Using Conduit Marker Support Files in AutoCAD Electrical
Todd has over 20 years experience in the mechanical engineering field. Ten years of this time was spent as a documentation specialist/designer at Honeywell, Inc. where he worked on several government contracts which required strict drafting and design documentation in accordance with government standards. Additional experience comes from working in the technical ceramic, elevator, and specialty gas industry designing equipment for each of these fields. Todd joined Synergis in 2003 as a Design Solutions Engineer where he began providing assistance to customers through training and consulting, helpdesk support, as well as providing pre-sales support. Todd was recently promoted to Director of Manufacturing Solutions.