How can I create a DIN-rail terminal that goes beyond 12?

Like most device placement tools the DIN Rail tool is very configurable. The choices you see in the dialog can be set according to your needs. Here’s how to do that.

DIN Rail settings


The secret is in the little spanner icon at the top-left of the drawing area. This opens the Object Properties dialog. So let’s have a look at those:

  1. # terminals per block – this sets the maximum repeat value and how many DIN Rail terminals you can make with the same Block ID (i.e. Device name).
  2. Items to be displayed in device series dropdown – is what it says basically… A-H creates all the letters from A to H, then we skip I, do J to N, skip O and do P-Z
  3. Items to be displayed in socketID dropdown – same idea first 01 to 12 (this is what you want to change), then some special tags for 3-phase, neutral and earth.

All the dropdown list specifiers work in the same way. Items are separated by semi-colons so you can make an arbitrary list of identifiers. Yes, they have to be distinct – that’s your responsibility! To make it easy to create a series of identifiers you can use A-Z (creates all the letters of the alphabet. Or numeric, 1-9 will give you numbers from 1 to 9. And we help with number formatting too so 01-20 will give you 01,02, 03 … 19, 20 padding the numbers with leading zeroes.

Where is this data saved?

Object properties are saved in the Vectorworks document. That’s neat because not all projects have the same requirements. This way each time you open that document it’s ready to go where you left off. If you need these settings for all new projects just open your template change the settings and re-save as a template. Then you’ve got the setup you want right from the start.

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