Creating Custom Symbols

The ViaCAD and Shark products include thousands of pre-made CAD symbols categorized under the AEC, Electrical, Mechanical, and Process Plant & Piping headings. These are found under the Symbols tab in the Concepts Explorer dialog box which allow simple drag and drop of these symbols into your drawings.

In addition, to the symbols that come along with the application, you can create custom symbols.

Steps to Create a Custom Symbol
1. Create the entities associated with your symbol. A symbol may consist of curves, surfaces and/or solids.
2. Shrink the window down to about 128×128 in width/height to generate a nice preview.
3. Save the file to the appropriate location.
PC-> c:\Program Files\Punch! Software\ViaCAD Pro v7\Symbols
Mac-> /Applications/ViaCAD Pro v7/Symbols
4. In the Concepts Explorer Symbols window, right click “Reload”. (in V7 builds 966 or greater).
If you do not have a current version, you will need to exit the app and restart to rebuild the symbols contents.

Check out this video demonstrating how to create a custom symbol. The video also shows adding an attribute to the symbol and how it can be used to create a Bill of Materials.

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