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2D automation commands are used in Sketch 2D to place belt-related equipment such as pulleys, idlers, trusses, trestles, and control points.

2D automation commands are delivered as custom commands in Smart 3D Material Handling and are added to Sketch 2D. The commands are available when Sketch 2D is clicked on the Place Belt Components ribbon, the Place Trestle ribbon, or the Place Chute Shapes ribbon. For more information, see Place Belt Components, Place Trestle, and Place 2D Chute Shapes (Sketch 2D - Custom Command).

Sketch 2D automation contains the following custom commands:

Place Belt Components places equipment symbols, such as pulleys, idlers, trusses, and control points on belt profile geometry and exports the symbols to the Material Handling 3D model. For more information, see Place Belt Components.

Belt Correction Tool checks for any faults in a belt profile. You can check for multiple connections, non-belt segments, and missing continuity and constraints in belt segments. For more information, see Belt Correction Tool (Sketch 2D - Custom Command)

Place 2D Chute Shapes places chute shape symbols on a belt profile in Sketch 2D, and exports the symbols to the Material Handling 3D model. For more information, see Place 2D Chute Shapes (Sketch 2D - Custom Command).

Create Trajectory places trajectory paths along the material flow. The software adjusts the trajectory shape based on the conveyor type in the Sketch 2D environment. This command is useful for laying out the conveyor and using the Place 2D Chute Shapes command. For more information, see Create Trajectory (Sketch 2D - Custom Command).

Place 2D Trestle places trestle symbols on belt profile geometry and exports the symbols to the Material Handling 3D model. For more information, see Place 2D Trestle (Sketch 2D - Custom Command)

Idler Packing Thickness calculates packing thickness and adds additional packing plates between idlers and their associated truss. For more information, see Idler Packing Thickness (Sketch 2D - Custom Command).

Custom command behavior

Access to Sketch 2D commands is environment-specific, which means that only relevant Sketch 2D commands are accessible when the corresponding 3D environment command is active. For example, when you use the Place Chute Shapes command and then enter Sketch 2D, the software allows you to access the only relevant Sketch 2D commands: Create Trajectory and Place 2D Chute Shapes. Access to other Sketch 2D commands (Belt Correction Tool, Place Belt Components, and Place 2D Trestle) is restricted. When you try to use a restricted command, the software displays a message stating that you can only access the command when the relevant Smart 3D command is active. The table below lists the Smart 3D commands and the relevant Sketch 2D command for each:

Smart 3D Command

Relevant Sketch 2D Commands

Place Conveyor Belt

Belt Correction Tool

Place Chute Shapes

Create Trajectory

Place 2D Chute Shapes

Place Belt Components

Place Belt Components

Idler Packing Thickness

Place Trestle

Place 2D Trestle

Data layer

Use the data layer to group related sets of symbols. Symbols representing 3D equipment, trusses, control points, or trestles can be placed on a data layer. The data is associated with a system in the 3D model. You can change the data layer at any time.

Each data layer has a different parent system and should only contain data from one 2D automation command. For example, do no place idlers and trusses on the same layer.

Symbol folder

When running any of the commands for the first time, you need to browse to the folder containing the 2D symbols, and associated command configuration (.LST) files. Material Handling symbols are delivered in the Smart 3D SharedContent folder.

Placement point selection

Place Belt Components positions symbols along the belt profile. Before the first symbol is placed, however, an initial point on the belt profile needs to be selected. This point on the belt is the starting reference point. This is only true for belt components.

Equipment orientation

By default, equipment is placed normal to the belt. If a different orientation is needed, it can be specified via the Orientation option. This selection is only available when placing equipment type components.