October, 2018

EC Design to Fabrication

This document contains summary information on new features, late-breaking product information, updates, and troubleshooting tips not covered in the Trimble® EC Design to Fabrication documentation.

Introduction

These release notes describe the features and enhancements that are new in version 9.0 of EC-Design to Fabrication. For further support information, go to mep.trimble.com/support/.

EC Design to Fabrication

Design to Fabrication Version 9.0 is a full installation for new customers and applies software enhancements and corrections for customers who are upgrading from an earlier release (V8.1 or earlier version) of all the Design to Fabrication software components, including MEP Design to Fabrication, EC CAD, PartManager, and DuctMaker. Your license and specific installation may include some, or all, of these components.

Quick Links

EC CAD Specific Features and Changes

EC DuctMaker Specific Features and Changes

EC Design to Fabrication Upgrade Procedure

EC-CAD New features and changes

The following improvements have been made to the EC-CAD Product:

New Features

● Acoustic Lining - Liner Name added to CAD and CAM

 

EC-CAD and DuctMaker can now work with different Liners of the same thickness. To set this up, first add your desired Lining material in the Allowances section of DuctMaker or PartManager: Page 2

 

Then setup your Liner Sheets in the Shop Standards section:

When drawing in EC-CAD you can now pick Acoustic Lining from the list in the Property Palette:

Acoustic Lining can be applied while drawing or applied later to an existing duct run. Page 3

 

In DuctMaker Acoustic Lining will be selected from the pull down as in previous versions:

● Dual Wall - Ability to override the interior spec portion of fittings

 

While EC-CAD has always had the ability to setup the interior specification of your double wall duct. You can now override these specifications using the DuctSpecOverride command in EC-CAD. All duct and fittings now allow this capability.

● Dual Wall - Ability to add or subtract from inner shell of round and oval duct.

 

A new parameter has been added to the round and oval connectors called: DW Duct Inner Adj. This parameter will be applied to the inner wall round and oval duct (not fittings). A positive value will grow the duct while a negative value will take away from the overall duct length. When you break your duct into full joints the inner wall typically finishes at the same length as the outer shell. If you want the inner shell to grow or to be shorter you can apply the correct value to the connector that is assigned to the inner shell.

The length of the inner shell will equal: Outer shell finished length + Inner C1 Height + Inner C2 Height + Inner C1 Adj + Inner C2 Adj

● Dual Wall - Specification override improvement

 

DuctSpecOverride now only shows the inner parameters for double wall duct and duct fittings.

● Fitting Enhancement – Round and Oval Tees and Crosses can now increase

 

All Round and Oval Tees and Crosses now allow the ability for the inlets and outlets of the body to increase or decrease.

● Fitting Enhancement - Oval Transitions

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The following changes have been made to the Oval Transitions:

  • • The Oval Transition, Twist fitting has been removed from EC-CAD.
  • • The Oval Transition, Type In and Type Out parameters in DuctMaker have been made read only.
  • • The Oval Transition now allows the Minor to be larger than the Major on both the inlet and outlet.
  • • The Type In and Type Out parameters will read Normal if the Major > Minor and will read Twist if the Major < Minor.
  • • Type In and Type Out are now schedule-able parameters in EC-CAD.
  • • Under-sizing will treat the smaller value on the inlet and outlet as the Minor for under-sizing and treat the larger value on the inlet and outlet as the Major for under-sizing.

 

● Liner Add – The sign has been changed for the Liner Add value

 

The Liner Add value in the connector table will either add to the liner or subtract from the liner for each fitting connector. In EC-CAD version 9.0 a positive value for Liner Add will grow the liner while a negative value for Liner Add will subtract from the length of the liner.

● New Fittings – Round, DSA Adapters

 

Three new Round, Dual Wall to Single Wall (DSA) Adapters have been added to CAD and CAM. To utilize these fittings, you will need to activate them in your Manufacturer Defaults.

● New Fitting - Rectangular Tap, Lateral

 

A new Rectangular Tap, Lateral fitting has been added to CAD and CAM. To utilize this fitting, you will need to activate it in your Manufacturer Defaults. Page 5

 

This fitting is identical to the Rectangular Tap, Normal but having this fitting allows contractors to setup different preferences for a straight tap vs a lateral tap.

● New Fitting – Round Cross, Conical Oval Base

 

A new Round Cross, Conical Oval Base fitting has been added to CAD and CAM. To utilize this fitting, you will need to activate it in your Manufacturer Defaults.

This fitting is much like the Round, Cross Conical but the branches have an oval base. This fitting can be used to make the base of the conical taps “larger” than the body of the cross, by adjusting the Base Major parameters.

● New Fitting – Round Tee, Conical Oval Base

 

A new Round Tee, Conical Oval Base fitting has been added to CAD and CAM. To utilize this fitting, you will need to activate it in your Manufacturer Defaults. Page 6

 

This fitting is much like the Round, Tee Conical but the tee branch has an oval base. This fitting can be used to make the base of the conical tap “larger” than the body of the tee, by adjusting the Base Major parameter.

Resolved Issues

● CAD/CAM Issues Involving Oval Tap, Loloss, Minor > Major, Tap Saddles, and Vertical Oval Duct

● The weld schedule on the pipe spool template does not have the correct classifications checked

 

Known Issues

● AutoCAD MEP Object Viewer Liner and Insulation Display

 

Liner and insulation will not display correctly on Round and Oval Gored Elbows, Radius Elbows, and Ogee Transitions when viewing them via the AutoCAD MEP object viewer.

● Duct Routing Performance

 

You may experience some jumpy cursor movement when routing depending on the complexity of your duct specs and the performance of your computer hardware.

● Insulation Display on Attached Views and XREF Files

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Insulation will not display correctly on Round and Oval Gored Elbows, Radius Elbows, and Ogee Transitions on attached views and XREF files.

EC-DuctMaker New features and changes

The following improvements have been made to the EC-DuctMaker Product:

New Features

● Access Doors, Panels, and Taps – Placement improvements

 

The ability to re-position taps, access holes, and access panels on end caps and other fittings has been greatly improved.

● Acoustic Lining - Liner Name added to CAD and CAM

 

EC-CAD and DuctMaker can now work with different Liners of the same thickness. To set this up, first add your desired Lining material in the Allowances section of DuctMaker or PartManager:

Then setup your Liner Sheets in the Shop Standards section: Page 8

 

When drawing in EC-CAD you can now pick your Acoustic Lining from the list in the Property Palette:

Acoustic Lining can be applied while drawing or applied later to an existing duct run.

In DuctMaker Acoustic Lining will be selected from the pull down as in previous versions:

● Alignment Marks – Added to Oval Mitered Elbows

 

Alignment Marks have been added to the Oval Elbow, Mitered fitting. The Alignment Marks can be setup and adjusted in the Shop Standards -> Fitting Settings.

● Combine Faces to work with exterior, interior, and liner

 

DuctMaker, Shop Standards, Fittings Settings now has two parameters:

CombineFaces

LinerCombineFaces

For the following fittings: Page 9

 

Oval Elbow, Gored

Oval Elbow, Mitered

Oval Offset

Round Elbow, Gored

Round Elbow, Mitered

Round Offset

These parameters can be set to True or False. When CombineFaces is set to True then the exterior and interior fittings will have their faces combined to share common cut lines in DuctMaker. When CombineFacesLiner is set to True then the liner for these fittings will also have their faces combined to share common cut lines.

● Drivers - Improvements to the Vulcan 1000B driver

 

The following information has been added to the Lockformer – VS Control 2 Type 1.cs file for use with the Vulcan 1000B Controllers:

TS = Sheet Size

SU = Sheet Used

DATE RUN: Date Lot file was created

JOB: Job

SHEET NO: Sheet Number

GA = Gauge

MA = Material

BN = Blank Number

PN = Piece Number

With this the information displayed on the control panel, it will be more useful and allow the ability to go back and burn individual blanks.

● Dual Wall - Ability to add or subtract from inner shell of round and oval duct.

 

A new parameter has been added to the round and oval connectors called: DW Duct Inner Adj. This parameter will be applied to the inner wall round and oval duct (not fittings). A positive value will grow the duct while a negative value will take away from the overall duct length. When you break your duct into full joints the inner wall typically finishes at the same length as the outer shell. If you want the inner shell to grow or to be shorter you can apply the correct value to the connector that is assigned to the inner shell.

The length of the inner shell will equal: Outer shell finished length + Inner C1 Height + Inner C2 Height + Inner C1 Adj + Inner C2 Adj

● Fitting Enhancement – Round and Oval Tees and Crosses can now increase

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All Round and Oval Tees and Crosses now allow the ability for the inlets and outlets of the body to increase or decrease.

● Fitting Enhancement - Oval Transitions

 

The following changes have been made to the Oval Transitions:

  • • The Oval Transition, Twist fitting has been removed from EC-CAD.
  • • The Oval Transition, Type In and Type Out parameters in DuctMaker have been made read only.
  • • The Oval Transition now allows the Minor to be larger than the Major on both the inlet and outlet.
  • • The Type In and Type Out parameters will read Normal if the Major > Minor and will read Twist if the Major < Minor.
  • • Type In and Type Out are now schedule-able parameters in EC-CAD.
  • • Under-sizing will treat the smaller value on the inlet and outlet as the Minor for under-sizing and treat the larger value on the inlet and outlet as the Major for under-sizing.

 

● Liner Add – The sign has been changed for the Liner Add value

 

The Liner Add value in the connector table will either add to the liner or subtract from the liner for each fitting connector. In EC-CAD version 9.0 a positive value for Liner Add will grow the liner while a negative value for Liner Add will subtract from the length of the liner.

● New Fittings – Round, DSA Adapters

 

Three new Round, Dual Wall to Single Wall (DSA) Adapters have been added to CAD and CAM. To utilize these fittings, you will need to activate them in your Manufacturer Defaults.

● New Fitting - Rectangular Tap, Lateral

 

A new Rectangular Tap, Lateral fitting has been added to CAD and CAM. To utilize this fitting, you will need to activate it in your Manufacturer Defaults. Page 11

 

This fitting is identical to the Rectangular Tap, Normal but having this fitting allows contractors to setup different preference for a straight tap vs a lateral tap.

● New Fitting – Round Cross, Conical Oval Base

 

A new Round Cross, Conical Oval Base fitting has been added to CAD and CAM. To utilize this fitting, you will need to activate it in your Manufacturer Defaults.

This fitting is much like the Round, Cross Conical but the branches have an oval base. This fitting can be used to make the base of the conical taps “larger” than the body of the cross, by adjusting the Base Major parameters.

● New Fitting – Round Tee, Conical Oval Base

 

A new Round Tee, Conical Oval Base fitting has been added to CAD and CAM. To utilize this fitting, you will need to activate it in your Manufacturer Defaults. Page 12

 

This fitting is much like the Round, Tee Conical but the tee branch has an oval base. This fitting can be used to make the base of the conical tap “larger” than the body of the tee, by adjusting the Base Major parameter.

● Report and Label - Canvas Connector improvements

 

The following changes have been made to the labels and reports regarding the canvas connectors:

  • • Stretch Out has been added as a property for the Labels and will report the stretch out of your canvas connectors.
  • • The Report Parameter, Stretch Out now reports the stretch out of canvas connectors
  • • The Fitting Sheer Report now has the option to include (or not) the Rectangular Canvas Connector
  • ● Roll Marks – Added to the Oval End Cap

 

Roll Marks have been added to the Oval Cap fitting. The Roll Marks can be setup and adjusted in the Shop Standards -> Fitting Settings.

● Oval Equivalence Table – Improvements

 

The Oval Equivalence Table has parameters that need to be setup for the Major and Minor parameters. Prior to this version a fitting’s Major parameter always read the table’s Major values and a fitting’s Minor Parameter always read the table’s Minor values. This version makes Page 13

 

an adjustment so that the larger of the Major or Minor parameter will read the Major values from the Oval Equivalence Table and the smaller of the Major or Minor parameter will read the Minor values from the Oval Equivalence Table. This is to accommodate situations where the fitting is built with the Minor being larger than the Major.

Resolved Issues

● CAD/CAM Issues Involving Oval Tap, Loloss, Minor > Major, Tap Saddles, and Vertical Oval Duct.

● Coil Line - Iowa Precision coil line output has been corrected.

● Labels - Properties Connector In and Connector Out are now working properly.

● Labels - Round Cross, Tapered Joints now show properly on the fitting label.

● Type Parameter - Inner Wall Rectangular Tap, Normal TYPE parameter now updates properly.

 

Known Issues

● CenterLineInput = FALSE

 

CenterLineInput in the Shop Policies is currently not working as expected when it is set to TRUE. We have set the CenterLineInput in the database to FALSE and recommend the user to set CenterLineInput to FALSE until it is implemented in a future release.

● Duct Dimension Rule for Taps on Existing Specifications

 

We have removed the Duct Dimension rule from the taps portion of the specification, but some users may already have a specification setup that has taps using the Duct Dimension rule. The existing Duct Dimension rules for taps will still work as expected, but we recommend deleting these rules and creating new rules that use the new specification rule Duct Dimension Outlets.

Languages

This release of the product is available in the following languages:

● English

 

Upgrade procedure

EC Design to Fabrication

Design to Fabrication Version 9.0 is a full installation for new customers and applies software enhancements and corrections for customers who are upgrading from an earlier release (V8.1 or earlier version) of all the Design to Fabrication software components, including MEP Design to Fabrication, EC CAD, PartManager, and DuctMaker. Your license and specific installation may include some, or all, of these components.

General Release Information

This release is being provided as a full installation (via the setup.exe) so that both new and upgrading customers can apply the latest software to their system using the Design to Fabrication Setup user interface. Page 14

Software Distribution

This software update is available for download from the Customer Portal as a Design to Fabrication V9.0 2019 Installation zip file.