Component Blocks work in most ways similar to a normal Block because if you change one Component Block, it will change all matching Component Blocks. However, Component Blocks do not include panels. Instead, the panels that were there when you created the component block serve as a reference, letting you move and snap your component block to different panel configurations in your drawing, as seen below. Read more on how to clone, insert and modify your Component Blocks from the Block section.
Example of how to use Component Blocks
Creating component block
Create a Component Blocks by following these steps:
- Select the group of components in the drawing area that you wish to be a part of your Component Block, including the panels.
- Right-click on the group of components and select Create Component Blocks from the context menu:
- Name the Component Block in the Block dialog box that appears, or in the green properties box.
The Block dialog
- Panels that are part of the selection when the Component Blocks is created will not be added to the Components Block. The panels will remain in place if the block is moved.
- Make sure to name your Component Blocks so you do not loose your track among all the blocks.
- You can switch your Components block to a normal Block by clicking the to Normal Block button. For normal Blocks, this same button will read "to Component Block."
You can edit the Component Block the same way as the regular Block. When you edit a Component Block the background is pink.
Placing Component Blocks
- Insert or copy the Component block.
- The closest panel to your selection point will highlight and snap to a panel that is the correct size
If you place the Component Block in a different panel configuration you will see either a yellow warning box or a red error Matching Panel box. The errors will also be noted in the Validation tool. The error boxes do not print.