Happy HolidaySs Giveaway - Winners Re-Re-Re-Re-Drawn - 24 hours to Claim!

Get your HBT Growlers, Shirts and Membership before the Rush!


Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Electric Brewing > Software for making schematics and control panel diagrams?
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 12-11-2012, 04:39 AM   #1
biertourist
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Woodinville, WA
Posts: 655
Liked 65 Times on 56 Posts
Likes Given: 29

Default Software for making schematics and control panel diagrams?

What software is everyone using to create those nice looking electrical schematics and control panel layout diagrams?


Adam

__________________
biertourist is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-11-2012, 12:58 PM   #2
BrewGeek_Ohio
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 48
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

I use AutoCad Electrical 2013. Where do I insert the Giant smiley face!

__________________
BrewGeek_Ohio is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-11-2012, 01:13 PM   #3
MalFet
/bɪər nərd/
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
 
MalFet's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: NYC / Kathmandu
Posts: 8,277
Liked 1270 Times on 845 Posts
Likes Given: 584

Default

EagleCAD is popular too, and free.

__________________

"Be excellent to each other." -Benjamin Franklin

MalFet is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-11-2012, 01:19 PM   #4
charlestonsailing
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: charleston, sc
Posts: 21
Default

When I did it for a living we used Autocad. The CAD programs are great for drawing but aren't completely intuitive on how to use. I imagine today 5 years since I last laid out a cabinet it is a bit better. I'd go with the free stuff.

__________________
charlestonsailing is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-11-2012, 01:23 PM   #5
MalFet
/bɪər nərd/
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
 
MalFet's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: NYC / Kathmandu
Posts: 8,277
Liked 1270 Times on 845 Posts
Likes Given: 584

Default

The advantage of the free stuff, too, is that there are tons of tutorials on the web targeted at DIYers. AutoCAD is an incredible piece of software, but it's primary target is professionals who use it all-day-every-day.

__________________

"Be excellent to each other." -Benjamin Franklin

MalFet is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-11-2012, 01:26 PM   #6
BrewGeek_Ohio
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 48
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by MalFet
The advantage of the free stuff, too, is that there are tons of tutorials on the web targeted at DIYers. AutoCAD is an incredible piece of software, but it's primary target is professionals who use it all-day-every-day.
That's me. Staring at an 85 page schematic as we speak. I better get busy!
__________________
BrewGeek_Ohio is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-14-2012, 05:43 AM   #7
Namako
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Namako's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Eagle River, Alaska
Posts: 122
Liked 10 Times on 5 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

I use Microsoft Visio 2007... inexpensive, flexible, capable.

__________________

Namako

Indecision... may or may not be my problem... I'm not sure

Primary 1 - Empty
Primary 2 - Empty
Kegged: Empty
Planned: Maerzen, Maibock, and a Kellerbier/Zwickle
Coming Soon: An upgraded Blichmann 20-gallon, Kal-inspired, BCS-controlled, all-electric RIMS-based pico-brewery (by mid-Summer 2015, after the winter thaw, and the NHC, I swear!!)

Namako is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-14-2012, 06:17 PM   #8
kal
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
kal's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Ottawa, Canada
Posts: 2,184
Liked 220 Times on 151 Posts
Likes Given: 6

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Namako View Post
I use Microsoft Visio 2007... inexpensive, flexible, capable.
That's what I used too. But then again, my diagrams are not really schematics at all but more like "wiring pictograms for the electrically inept":



(No offence to those who are electrically inept).

Kal
__________________
TheElectricBrewery.com: A step by step guide to building your own electric brewery
My basement/bar/brewery build 2.0
kal is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-14-2012, 08:51 PM   #9
inhousebrew
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: minneapolis, minnesota
Posts: 1,424
Liked 121 Times on 110 Posts
Likes Given: 36

Default

Speaking of being electrically inept I am just toying around with this whole electrical brewing idea and after scouring the forums for a while have come up with a potential diagram of my own. I don't know if you guys/gals have heard of the program I used but it's pretty fancy-pancy. Super high tech but still user friendly. It's called Paint and comes standard on most computers so I'd say it's a good deal....

Seriously though, I tried one of those programs and didn't feel like taking the time to figure it out so I really did use Paint when I was bored one day. Also, I really have no background in this so would this potentially work. I have some of those light switches and outlets laying around so I figured I'd just use those.

electrical-outline-without-buzzer.jpg  
__________________

I hate Walder Frey...

inhousebrew is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-15-2012, 12:17 AM   #10
Namako
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Namako's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Eagle River, Alaska
Posts: 122
Liked 10 Times on 5 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

Here's one of mine using Visio 2007

__________________

Namako

Indecision... may or may not be my problem... I'm not sure

Primary 1 - Empty
Primary 2 - Empty
Kegged: Empty
Planned: Maerzen, Maibock, and a Kellerbier/Zwickle
Coming Soon: An upgraded Blichmann 20-gallon, Kal-inspired, BCS-controlled, all-electric RIMS-based pico-brewery (by mid-Summer 2015, after the winter thaw, and the NHC, I swear!!)

Namako is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Schematics Drawing Software W0rter Other 2 11-28-2012 07:17 AM
Using A Retired Service Panel For A Control Panel kgalle Electric Brewing 2 04-25-2012 12:52 PM
Software for system flow diagrams? thelorax121 Brew Stands 4 02-22-2012 03:26 AM
Mounting spa panel guts in control panel kevink Electric Brewing 7 08-20-2011 03:31 AM
Lots of pictures, diagrams and schematics Kaiser General Beer Discussion 4 06-15-2006 12:31 AM



Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS