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    Question Software for electrical diagrams?

    Hi!

    Are there any good options for electrical documenting of CNC control cabinets? I'd like to make a diagram/schematic of my setup, both for my (even older and more confused) future self and for any others in the future...

    ...what do others do? Except for not making documentation ;-)

    /Thomas

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    Re: Software for electrical diagrams?

    As an old AutoCAD guy, I always used AutoCAD until my last license expired, then I went to NanoCAD. Works just like AutoCAD, but is free, and does have paid upgrades available at a reasonable price.
    Jim Dawson
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    Re: Software for electrical diagrams?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Dawson View Post
    As an old AutoCAD guy, I always used AutoCAD until my last license expired, then I went to NanoCAD. Works just like AutoCAD, but is free, and does have paid upgrades available at a reasonable price.
    Ah, looks interesting! And pricing within grasps! I'll check it out!

    When doing electrical schematics/diagrams, do you use any libraries or any 3rd party tools?

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    Re: Software for electrical diagrams?

    Quote Originally Posted by badhabit View Post
    Ah, looks interesting! And pricing within grasps! I'll check it out!

    When doing electrical schematics/diagrams, do you use any libraries or any 3rd party tools?
    I created my own ''libraries'' years ago. When I create a new schematic I just copy from a previous drawing. I use the old North American ladder format, rather than the ISO European format. But each symbol is easy to create. I don't use any 3rd party tools.
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    Re: Software for electrical diagrams?

    KiCad. Designed specifically for electronics schematics and it's open source.

    Mark

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    Re: Software for electrical diagrams?

    I use AutoCad also, and over time have acquired some electrical image libraries that were out there free.
    I moved up to ver 2006 some time ago.
    There is also a free copy of NFPA79, "Industrial wiring of Electrical enclosures" out there, it is for N.A. standards but may help.
    I use KiCad, but for electronic schematics only.
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    Re: Software for electrical diagrams?

    Eplan is popular in Europe, where influence of Deutsch is high.

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    Re: Software for electrical diagrams?

    Although having worked on numerous machines of Continental European origin, I have never really got used to the top down progression method, (plus the symbols)!
    I originated from the UK, where I got my training, and we were used to the N.A. left to right approach for all our drawings
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