Creating devices

Devices in connectCAD are simply Groups of sockets that contain a device label symbol and whatever graphics you want to depict the device and its function. Let’s create a basic device now

Select the Vectorworks Rectangle Tool

and draw a rectangle – about 32×24 mm for example. Like this.

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Use the Socket Tools to add some inputs and outputs.

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For the moment you don’t have to fill in all the details of the sockets. The result should look something like this:

Now select all the elements of your device.

Use the Make Device command to create a device.

You can find this command in the connectCAD / Drawing menu

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The Device Setup dialog box comes up so that you can fill in the details. It isn’t vital to enter all the information now, but you must give the device a name. Press OK when you’re done.

 And here’s the finished device on the drawing.

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Devices don’t have to be dull.

Let your imagination roam a little. Try using clip art and manufacturers graphics to make your drawings more interesting.

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Your device is also stored as a symbol.

If you look in the Resource Browser you’ll find a blue symbol stored so you never have to draw it again.

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To create another copy of the device just drag and drop it onto your drawing from the Resource Palette.

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