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SEL - Structural Details Explanations

04 December, 2022

i-drop® function: The AxiomCpl Library uses the Autodesk i-drop® function . Simply drag the blocks or details into an open AutoCAD drawing. This feature may be turned on or off by each user.

library previews

Drawings Format: The details & blocks in the Library have .dwg extension and work with AutoCAD & AutoCAD LT 2000 and up.

Details Preview: Details and blocks in the Library templates have .dwf extension (Autodesk Design Web Format) and can be viewed by clicking on the thumbnail detail number. For best viewing, set your Volo® View or Autodesk® DWF™ Viewer background to Black. Viewing the details requires Autodesk® DWF™ Viewer or Volo® View. You may have to download the viewer if you do not have it on your computer. It is free and available at:

Scale: The details are drawn to actual scale (i.e. 3/8", 1/2", 3/4", 1" etc.). The blocks are drawn at 1:1 scale.

Layers: All details, sections & blocks (except for the Layer 0 Library) are drawn with the proper layers for each material, member and text. The Library site has a detailed list of axiomcpl™ layers including description, name, color and line type. There are also additional layers in the structural details library (current status, review boxes, library detail number, detail frames, etc.) that may be turned off.

Fonts: Two fonts are used in the details and sections. Simplex is used for typical text and Helv is used for title text.

Incorporating the Structural Details: In order to incorporate the structural details and sections into your final drawing you have three main options

Option 1: library previews

  1. Drag or insert all the details or blocks into your open drawing.
  2. Compose your final drawing sheet with all the desired details.
  3. Change layer names and colors to match yours (or you can map the layers)
  4. Plot using your own ctb file.

Option 2: library previews

  1. Download our axiomcpl™ layers dwg file to your computer.
  2. Open this dwg file. Make sure to keep the names of layers the same.
  3. In AutoCAD type or go the layer command.
  4. Change only the layer colors to match your own ctb file colors.
  5. Save the new layer file as a separate drawing file. Name it my-layers-file.dwg
  6. Open a new dwg blank drawing sheet.
  7. Insert the modified layer file you saved in Step 5 into your new drawing.
  8. Drag or insert all the desired details or blocks into your new drawing.
  9. Colors of details will change as they are inserted.
  10. Details and blocks should now have the same colors as your ctb file.
  11. Plot using your own ctb file.

Option 3: library previews

  1. Use the axiomcpl™ system.
  2. Download our axiomcpl™ layers dwg file for reference only.
  3. Open a new dwg blank drawing.
  4. Drag or insert all the desired details or blocks.
  5. Plot using axiomcpl ctb files.

You can download our axiomcpl™ ctb files and the fonts we use under Samples.

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