This article is third in my series about wire sequencing. I started with this diagram to show the high level logic for how AutoCAD Electrical 2016 determines the wire sequence when there are more than 2 components connected in the same wire network.
Now, I want to look at the drawing and project properties for wire sequence. If the wire network does not have a wire sequence defined and it does not use angle tees, the drawing property is checked.
If the drawing property is set to No Override, then the corresponding project property is used.
The sort order options are the same whether you set it as a drawing property or as the project property. Let's use this wire network as an example to see the results of each sorting option.
In each image below:
- The red numbers indicate the order the components are found in the network based on the sorting property.
- The wiring shows how AutoCAD Electrical interprets the network.
- The CMP1 and CMP2 columns show the Wire From\To report results.
Left to right, moving down
Left to right, moving bottom to top
Right to left, moving down
Right to left, moving bottom to top
Top to bottom, moving right
Bottom to top, moving right
Top to bottom, moving from right to left
Bottom to top, moving from right to left
If you're looking through all the tabs on Project Properties, you'll notice another place to set the sort order on the Drawing Format tab.
This option doesn't control anything, but can be used to set the drawing property when you create new drawings. I only show it here so there is no confusion.
In my next article I will conclude the topic of wire sequencing by looking at what happens if no wire sequence is defined, no angle tees are used, and there is no drawing or project default.