A wire number in AutoCAD Electrical is a block, where the WIRENO attribute contains the wire number. For quite a while the wire number blocks have contained other attributes, W01USER through W10USER. But, AutoCAD Electrical didn't really do anything with these attributes. Many of our customers asked that we make it easy to edit these attributes and include them in some key wire related reports. AutoCAD Electrical 2016 does just that.
When you edit a wire number, the dialog now lets you edit these 10 attributes.
The Edit Wire Number dialog behaves a little differently now that it includes these attributes. In previous releases, Fixed was checked by default because the main reason to edit a wire number was to change it to fixed. Now that the dialog has edit boxes for these 10 user attributes, Fixed is not checked by default. However, if you change the wire number value, Fixed is checked automatically.
The W01USER-W10USER attributes have been added as available fields in these reports:
- Wire From\To
- Component Wire List
- Connector Plug
- Terminal Plan
- Cable From\To
Because new fields have been added to these reports you shouldn't use report format files (.set) that you created in previous releases. You will need to create new report format files so the file is in sync with the actual fields available for the report.
Customize the Labels on the Edit Wire Number Dialog
For those of you who like to tweak things, you can customize the labels for the 10 user attributes on the Edit Wire Number dialog. So instead of seeing the generic W##USER label you could see something to indicate what you want to use each attribute for.
This requires making a change on the wire number library symbols.
- Find your library folder, for example C:\Users\Public\Documents\Autodesk\Acade 2016\Libs\iec-60617.
- Open the horizontal wire number library symbol, wd_wnh.dwg.
- Double-click the W##USER attribute you want to add a custom label for.
- Add the value for the label in the Prompt field.
- Repeat for each attribute.
- Save the symbol.
- Repeat for the vertical wire number symbol, wd_wnv.dwg
For new drawings, or drawings that have never had wire numbers, your changes can be seen as soon as you insert and edit a wire number. For drawings with wire numbers already inserted, you will need to run Swap Block using the Update a Block option to swap in this updated wire number block.
By Pat Murnen