Creating custom Details, Symbols, and Complex Symbols can save users time and minimize effort to complete projects. It is very common to use Details from AutoSPRINK's existing Details tree, and it's also simple to create custom details and symbols that can be saved and re-used throughout the design process.
What are the differences between Details, Symbols and Complex Symbols?
- Details are ready-to-use parts and assemblies that can be dropped into your drawing. Details are saved to the ProgramData folder and are available to use across all drawings.
- Symbols can be made out of practically any element(s), but are drawing-specific in nature, and do not have element properties.
- Complex Symbols are used to match a symbol with an existing part/fitting, which allows the new Complex Symbol to inherit properties from the target fitting.
Creating a Detail
If a user needs to regularly use a riser that almost matches one in the AutoSPRINK Details tree, but has a couple of small differences, that user could drop an existing riser detail into their drawing, make changes to it, and re-save it as a new detail for future use in other drawings.
Users can also create Details from scratch simply by assembling pipes/fittings/etc. and then using the Create Detail tool to save the pre-assembled collection of parts for future use.
To create a Detail, simply:
- Select the collection of parts to be created as a detail.
- Drag the selection onto the desired folder in the Details tree.
- Name the detail and click OK.
Tip - To easily keep track of any new, custom details, add a New Folder to the Details tree:
Details are saved as .cad files in the AutoSPRINK folder found under C:\ProgramData (this can be useful to know if a user wants to create a backup of custom details or to transfer custom details to a different machine).
Creating a Symbol
To create a Symbol, simply:
- Select the element(s) to be created as a Symbol.
- Actions > Create Symbol (default Hotkey: SHIFT+F9).
- Name the symbol, choose which layer to assign it to, and click OK.
How to create a Complex Symbol
Complex Symbols can be created to add a great level of detail to a custom fitting. For example, a user can import a .dwg for a custom valve, backflow preventer, etc. into a drawing, then convert that into a Complex Symbol with fittings properties. This allows users to represent custom fittings in an accurate manner both visually and functionally.
To create a Complex Symbol, simply:
- Import the .dwg to be created as a Complex Symbol.
- Place the benchmark at the center of the symbol (Tip: use the line segment tool to draw and identify center lines/points on your symbol).
- Select the elements that will make up the symbol, then SHIFT+F9 to create a regular Symbol.
- Add a fitting next to the symbol that will be used to set the properties for the complex symbol.
- Snap the fitting onto the symbol (your benchmark should still be centered in the symbol from Step 2).
- Select the new symbol first, then select the target part, then Commands > Complex Symbols > Create...
- There will now be two identical objects on top of each other. Drag one out of the way and open the properties to confirm that one is a symbol, and one is a part.
- Don't forget to adjust properties if necessary to account for accurate takeouts, end preps, etc. in your new part.
- Try using the steps above to save this new part as a Detail for future use in other drawings!