By Renu Muthoo
I am excited to tell you about the AutoCAD® Electrical 2015 Fundamentals - NFPA training guide that is now available from ASCENT. This year we focused on reworking the practices in this training guide to ensure that they reflected real-world electrical engineering scenarios, while also incorporating all of the changes in the 2015 version of the AutoCAD Electrical software. The changes we have made are based on feedback that was provided by the trainers who use this training guide to teach the AutoCAD Electrical training classes.
Some of this year’s changes include the following:
- The new Catalog Browser is a feature that was added in the 2015 release of the software and which replaces the Parts Catalog. Information that describes how this new feature can be used has been added to the Insert Component section of the “Schematics I – Single Wires/Components” chapter in the training guide. In addition, all of the affected practices throughout the training guide have been changed to use the Catalog Browser, enabling you to access the catalog data in the Lookup mode.
- Further, the Catalog Browser has been thoroughly explained in the Catalog Database section of the “Symbol Creation” chapter in the training guide. How to add or edit records using the Catalog Browser’s Edit mode has also been explained in this section.
A preview of the Edit Mode in the Catalog Browser, a new feature in AutoCAD Electrical 2015.
- The Pin List and the Terminal Properties database sections have been merged with
the Catalog Database section of the “Symbol Creation” chapter. In the 2015 release of the software, both the Pin list and Terminal Properties can be modified and added using the Edit mode of the Catalog Browser.
- The new Circuit Clipboard commands (Cut, Copy Clip, and Paste) have been added to the “Schematics II – Multiwire and Circuits” chapter in the training guide. A task which explains how to copy and paste circuit references using the Circuit Clipboard commands has been added to the appropriate practice.
- The Create Custom Symbol practice in the “Symbol Creation” chapter has been completely changed to bring it up-to-date and ensure that it remains relevant to the electrical engineering industry.
- The Insert Terminal Symbols practice in the “Terminals” chapter has been changed to mimic the workflow process used during a real-world situation for associating terminals, adding jumpers, and creating a jumper chart.
- A description of the new Publish to PDF/DWF/DWFx feature has been added to the “Drawing Update Tools” chapter of the training guide.
I hope that you will find all those changes useful, and that the changes will ensure that your teaching/learning experience using this training guide will continue to be up-to-date and relevant to the current electrical engineering industry.