Create 3D Block from Entities
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The Create 3D Block from Entities command is used to create a 3D block that can be used in your 3D model to represent a device. Select an outline on the drawing that represents the block when viewed from above. This outline will be extruded to create a 3D solid. The entities selected will be removed from the drawing during this process.
To create a more complex 3D model for your device, use standard CAD commands.
To create the block, go to
Ribbon: DME: Customization->Block Creation->Create 3D Block from Entities
Pulldown Menu: DM Electrical->Customization->Block Creation->Create 3D Block from Entities
Create 3D Block from Entities Dialog Box
Block Type: The type of device blocks shown in Block List. Change this field to display a different list of blocks.
Block List: A list of all of the blocks based upon the Block Type field. When you select a block from this list, the File Name field is filled in with the name of the block with "-3D" appended to the end.
Using the list is optional to set the File Name field. You can set the name of the file manually and ignore the list.
File Name: The file name of the 3D block. This field can be set by selecting a block from the Block List.
Insertion Elevation Location: Where the elevation is measured on the 3D block. When you insert a device, you are prompted for the elevation. Where that elevation is measured on the device depends upon how the 3D block representing the device is defined.
Block Height: The height at which the block outline will be extruded, in inches.
Enter the information needed to create the 3D block and press the OK button.
You will be prompted to select the entity to use as the outline for the block. You can select either a closed polyline or a circle.
Select polyline or circle to extrude:
You will then be prompted to select any other entities you want to include in the block. These entities will be included exactly as they are drawn. They will not be extruded or otherwise modified.
Select other entities to include in the block:
You will then be prompted to specify the insertion point for the block. It is important that the insertion point for the block match the insertion point used for the plan view block.
Specify insertion point:
The block will be created for you. The entities selected for the block will be removed from the drawing.
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