If you have a connector that you use that isn’t in our library, here’s how to add it. We’re talking now about physical connectors as displayed on the Conn Panel Object. Our thanks to Shane for bringing this up.
Let’s look at how connector panels are defined
Physical connectors in connectCAD are stored as symbols. So let’s create a new document from the standard connectCAD template and open the ‘panel_conns’ folder in the Resource Browser.
Let’s edit the BNC D-type connector
The purpose of this just to see how our physical connector symbols are structured
Inside the connector symbol
The symbol has two main parts:
- a scale drawing of the physical connector
- a text label
The symbol has a ‘pnl_con’ record attached (3) and the label text is linked to the value (4) of the ‘pnl_con.name field.
Now exit the symbol edit mode by clicking the Exit button top-right of the drawing area.
Creating your own connector symbol
One of the best ways to create a symbol is to duplicate an existing symbol and then modify it. So right-click on a symbol and select Duplicate.
Now edit the new symbol
Select the 2D component. All connectCAD physical symbols are drawn in Screen Plane
Now delete the old graphics and add your own
You can either draw your connector to scale or copy paste ready-made graphics from another document. You should leave the ‘CONN’ label where it is, or if you need the space you can move it down a bit.
When you’re done click the Exit button top-right.