AutoCAD Electrical Tutorial – Inserting New Wires at an Angle

When you’re building your own schematics with AutoCAD Electrical, the program offers a number of tools to assist you with both the drafting side and project backbone. In this quick tip, you’ll see how to quickly draw wires that fit into a diagram at an angle using default tools.

The featured video is taken from our new 10.25-hour AutoCAD Electrical 2015 Tutorial Video course by author Shaun Bryant. The course includes everything from drafting fundamentals (as shown here) to relatively advanced reporting and schematics editing functionality. A full list of all 201 lessons and more free videos can be found on the product page.

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You can access the angled wiring drafting commands through the Wire tool dropdown located on the Schematics tab while you’re in an active drawing. Within the dropdown you have options for 22.5 degree, 45 degree, and 67.5 degree angles, as shown below.

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Once your tool is selected, simply hover over a wire you’d like to connect to (if snapping is enabled, you may see a Nearest indicator) and click once. Now you can determine the length of the angled segment of your wire with your mouse position, and left-click once more to start a flat extension. After determining the length again, click once again.

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At this point, the tool is still activated, and by default will try to create a downward extension at the same selected angle. To exit out of this, use the ESC key on your keyboard.

Video

If you want to see it in action, Shaun walks you through the technique in this video clip below. You can find more free videos and purchasing info on the AutoCAD Electrical 2015 training page.

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