Block Creation

This section describes the commands used to create custom blocks.

Plan view blocks represent devices on your drawings. They are 2D representations of the devices.

3D blocks represent devices in your 3D model.

One-line blocks represent items in your one-line diagram.

Common Block Information

Description: The name of the block that is displayed when you select the block in the schedule dialog box.

Block Name: The file name of the block when displayed on the plan.

3D Block Name: The file name of the block when displayed in 3D. You can enter a specific file name, or select <2D-Block Name>-3d. If you select this name, the 3D block name will be the same as the Block Name field, but with -3D appended to the end of the file name.

To Scale: Whether or not the block is to scale.

If this box is checked, the block is to scale. Blocks that are to scale are inserted on the drawing at their actual size. The scale factor for the block will be 1. Changing DIMSCALE will not change the size of the device. Light fixtures and panels are commonly inserted to scale.

If this box is not checked, the block is not to scale. The size of the block will vary depending upon the scale of the drawing. The scale factor of the block will be equal to the DIMSCALE setting of the drawing. Changing DIMSCALE will change the size of the device. Receptacles and switches are commonly inserted not to scale.

Can Rotate: Whether or not the block can be rotated.

When a block that can be rotated is inserted, you are prompted to specify the rotation angle. They can be rotated used the AutoCAD rotate commad.

When a block that cannot be rotated is inserted, you are not prompted to specify the rotation angle. The block is inserted with a rotation angle of 0. If you attempt to rotate the block in AutoCAD, the rotation angle will be reset to 0.


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