January 14, 2020
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I want to change the 2D display of a symbol from the library such as an electrical switch or built-in appliance. How can I do this?
Architectural objects in the library are represented in floor plan view by 2D CAD blocks. In some cases, you may want to change something about the 2D display of a symbol.
To edit the 2D display of a symbol
- Select View> Library Browser , and browse to the appropriate symbol you would like to use, and place it in your plan.
For the purposes of this example, we will browse to Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing> Electrical> Switches> Garbage Disposal Switch.
- Select CAD> CAD Block Management from the menu, and in the list of CAD blocks, find the Garage Disposal CAD block and select it.
- Click the Insert button to close the CAD Block Management dialog. Notice that your cursor displays the CAD Block icon.
- Click somewhere in the drawing area to place a copy of the selected CAD block.
As the CAD block will be placed on the Default CAD layer, its line color may be different than it appears when it is applied to a library symbol.
- For the purposes of this example, we will enlarge the CAD Block and change the color of the "GD" text.
- To increase the size of the CAD Block, select it to highlight it and drag one of the corner edit handles away from the center of the block until you achieve the desired size.
- To edit the content of the CAD Block, begin by selecting it and clicking the Explode CAD Block edit button.
- To modify the text in the CAD Block, select the textbox, and click on the Open Object edit button.
- In the Text Specification dialog, you can modify the text you would like to see, as well as adjust its Font, Color, and other attributes on the Text Style panel.
For the purposes of this example, we will uncheck By Layer for the Text Color, and specify a red color. Also, make sure that Rotate with Plan is not selected, then click OK to close the dialog.
- Click on the Select Objects tool, then left-click and drag a marquee around the objects.
- With all of the objects selected, click the Make CAD Block edit button to block the objects back together.
- Select the block and click the Open Object edit button.
- On the General panel of the CAD Block Specification dialog that displays, type a short, descriptive name for the CAD block appropriate for the block you created.
In this example, we will name the CAD Block "Custom Garbage Disposal" then click OK.
- To use this newly created CAD block for the electrical symbol, select the Garbage Disposal Switch symbol you placed in your plan in Step 1, and click the Open Symbol button on the edit toolbar.
- On the 2D Block panel of the Symbol Specification dialog, select the block created in the previous step from the list of Available CAD Blocks, then click OK.
CAD blocks that have nested blocks within them cannot be assigned to 3D objects or to images.
- The symbol will now display the CAD block you created as its 2D symbol.
- You can now add the symbol with its customized 2D block to your User Catalog folder in the Library Browser by selecting the symbol and clicking the Add to Library edit tool.