3-Way Light Switch

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booshwich
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3-Way Light Switch
SoftPlan Version:
14

Hello everyone,

Is there anyway in Softplan 2014 to add a 3-way to a quad light switch?  I know I can add 4 separate symbols in plan view and make one or more of them 3-way, but then it looks weird in 3d because there are 4 separate light switch plates.  Thanks for any help.

Bill Wimberley
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Version 14 Electrical Symbols

I don't believe you are going to get what you want using version 14. First of all Version 14 only comes with two 3D light switch models, light switch-single.dwg and light switch-double.dwg. So for a tripple or quad you would need to create additional 3D symbols in a 3D program such as Sketchup. But even if you did create new 3D models you would still have a problem. Version 14 did not have a way to set the size of the 3D model when linking it to the electrical symbol. The result is that the electrical symbol in 3D would be the same size it is in 2D. That is why the Standard switches do not have a 3D model associated with them. To show in 3D you would need to use the Miscellaneous switch, which would be the correct size in 2D to make it work in 3D. A row of S's would give you a 3D switch about 10" deep from the wall.

Later versions allow you to set the size of the 3D model but there is no such setting in version 14. Take a look at the images below. You will see that in version 2016 there is an option to "Use 3D Symbol Dimensions" but there is no such option in version 14. If you attempt to link a 3D model in version 14 the 3D model becomes distorted to the size of the 2D symbol, as shown in the second image below.

 

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JerryQberry
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Option to "Use 3D Symbol Dimensions"

Hey Bill,

Can you give me a better definition than the book gives for the option above when creating a model please? I would have assumed that if this were checked that SP would not be able to change the model in any fashion, almost like a solid object. But from my little bit of testing after inserting a symbol into the model you can still edit it. 

Thank you,

Bill Wimberley
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???

Hey Jerry. I'm not quite sure I understand your question. What "option above" are you referring to? What is the "this" that you are talking about being checked? My mind reading skills aren't quite as good as they used to be smiley

JerryQberry
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Sorry Bill,

Sorry Bill,

I ain't so good at xplainin things! smiley I was referring to the option in my previous post's title "Using 3D Symbol Dimensions" under "Configure Symbol Wizard" which you were discussing with Booshwich. It is one of the options that you can check or uncheck when creating a model. Checking the option doesn't make the the model act as I think it should. Just looking for a better understanding of the option in comparison to the SP manual's (2) sentences on it.

Bill Wimberley
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Use 3D Symbol Dimensions

When you create a symbol you can either manually set the height of the symbol or you can specify that you want to use the height of the actual 3D model. Say for instance you have a range vent hood symbol that you want to be exactly 6" tall. But the 3D model is 5.625" tall. You would leave Use 3D Symbol Dimensions unchecked and enter 6" for the height. If you don't know what the height of a model is but you want to use the height as it is in the 3D model then you could check the Use 3D Symbol Dimensions and the symbol would set the height automatically.

Another scenario might be that you have a 3D model that is 3' wide by 2' deep by 1' tall. But the 2D symbol you are linking it to is 2' wide by 16" deep. By checking Use 3D Symbol Dimensions the 3D model would be proportionally adjusted to fit the size of the 2D symbol. So in 3D the model would be 24x16x8. Leaving the option unchecked you could set the height to anything you want.