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January 19, 2011

Importing Wire Types from a master schematic (Part 2) – AutoCAD Electrical

Filed under: Electrical — nateholt @ 11:14 am

New drawing automatic import and set-up of wire types pulled from a master schematic drawing.

This is an update of the previous posting here. Autodesk has added this as a stock feature to AutoCAD Electrical 2011 ( ! )

Let’s say you’re creating a new schematic drawing to add to an existing AutoCAD Electrical project. It is going to be similar in function to an existing drawing where you’ve set up a number of custom “wire types”. What you’d like to do is just pull all of those wire types over to your new drawing and get moving.

But, when you select the “Create/Edit Wire Type” command and the dialog below displays, you realize that you’re only getting the default “WIRES” wire type defined with this new drawing. You really want to pull in wire types that you’ve already taken the time and effort to define on the other drawings in your project.

But wait…! What is this new “Import…” button used for? Could it be…???

Yes! The mysterious new button in ACE2011 brings up a file browse dialog. Select a “master” drawing to provide wire type candidates for the new, active drawing.

Make the wire type selections and hit OK. And in they come (below)! Nice…

Again, this feature became available starting in AutoCAD Electrical 2011. For earlier versions, you can use the tool described in the earlier posting linked above.



  1. Very good tutorials, very good explanation. I have however a question for that I couldn’t find an answer anywhere. It’s related with your question 20 in the quiz. I will really appreciate it if you could send me the answer.
    I got a work around using just line in AUTOCAD and then assigning them to wires layer, but it’s time consuming.

    Comment by adrian — October 10, 2017 @ 4:05 pm

    • If question #20 is the one where the bottom wire doesn’t default to going straight down but goes to the right… the answer has to do with the wire connection attribute used on the bottom of the symbol. Here’s a clue… the format of the attribute is XnTERMxx where the “n” digit (either 1, 2, 4, or 8) tells AcadE which direction a connected wire should default to. If the wrong digit is used, a connected wire might draw itself in an unexpected way. Is that enough to point you to the what the answer might be? :)

      Comment by nateholt — January 16, 2018 @ 11:07 pm

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