Medeek Electrical

Version 1.1.2 - 12.24.2019

  • Added the “Draw Low Voltage Panel” function to the secondary toolbar.
  • Enabled the ability to draw low voltage panels with Medeek wall assemblies or any wall geometry. Included Structured Media Panels: Leviton 47605 (14", 21", 28", 42").

View model here:

For now only the flush cover models are included however if I find the time I will model up the hinged cover variants and include those as part of the standard library.

I’m trying to figure out how to best handle the situation where outlets and switches are vertically sitting on top of each other:

I’m thinking about adding an advanced parameter which allows offsetting the symbol and label a custom amount so that the symbols don’t all pile up on top of each other.

Does this seem like a reasonable solution?

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Version 1.1.2b - 12.25.2019

  • Added an offset parameter (advanced options) for switches which allows the symbol and label to be offset from the wall.

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Version 1.1.3 - 01.01.2020

  • Added additional (120V, 20A) outlets to the built-in outlet library.

This update includes various (20A) USB and GFCI outlets.

What would be the appropriate 2D electrical symbol for this 4 port USB charging outlet?

Its not really a duplex outlet anymore.

Many people seem to use a lightning bolt symbol. Found this too:

It would be worth modeling the key plastic bit, that would make it more clear that it’s USB-A, and not two fat looking US AC outlets.

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I think the idea of dedicated USB charging outlets is so new that the electrical industry hasn’t really caught up yet with their nomenclature. I could be wrong but I haven’t seen an electrical plan set with a call out for dedicated USB charging outlets like this Leviton 4 port.

I won’t add it into the extension as an option until I figure out what the suitable electrical symbol is for this device.

It looks like the Leviton 4 people use the same symbol I showed, only flipped and vertical:

But I now realize that you need an icon that represents the whole thing! Not sure what that’s going to look like.

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The symbol shown on the receptacle itself is the standard charging USB symbol, but it is a bit complicated/elaborate in comparison with other electrical symbols. Turns out there are a number of USB related symbols in use:

Perhaps just a square symbol with USB on the top line and 4-A on the second line indicating four ports, type A.

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For many of the electrical fixtures the designer can use their own electrical components as well as the ones included with the plugin. Here are a few hints/tips on how to do this:

1.) You need remove the spaces from file names with spaces in them. Either delete the spaces or replace them with underscores like I have done with my filenames.

2.) With your electrical light fixtures be sure that fixture base is located at the origin of the model within your component file. This actually applies to any electrical fixture. The location of the component with respect to the origin determines where it will land within the model once it is inserted by the plugin.

3.) When you insert the (ceiling mount) light fixture below make sure you select “ceiling” and not “wall” for the mounting position from the parameter list.

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Per a customer request I will probably add in two additional user definable fields for all electrical fixtures:

1.) Description
2.) Circuit

Unlike other parameters these will default to a nil value.

Are there any other parameters like these that I should add while I am updating each electrical fixture type to include these additional two parameters?

Version 1.1.4 - 02.16.2020

  • Added optional metadata parameters for switches: description, circuit.

Once I’ve received some additional feedback on this new feature I will probably add the metadata parameters for all other electrical fixtures.

Further down the road I can probably also setup a tool which will allow the user to quickly visualize which switches, outlets etc… are on a particular circuit.

Version 1.1.5 - 04.28.2020

  • Added a Global Reset button in the General tab of the Global Settings.
  • Plugin files switched from .rbs to .rbe encryption.

My youngest son is looking for a job this summer and with the situation being mostly under lockdown I would rather him work from home, with me.

As such I’m proposing that he help me by creating a number of models for the Electrical plugin so that I can extend it to include the British Standards (BS 1363). I have had a number of requests for other electrical standards and by far the most highly requested has been the British equivalents of our NEMA sockets and switches.

The BS 1363 (Type G) seems to be quite widespread throughout the world.

I have a few models already from a few months prior but any additional information on receptacles and switches as well as standard boxes used in the trade would be greatly appreciated.

A little history on MK Electric:

MK Logic was in 1971

Not directly helpful, but I used the MK Logic range when rewiring our old (1750s) house when we moved in, in March 1977. They are all still working fine.

For later additions, I found that other manufacturers have since produced very close equivalents.

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First look at a low poly UK outlet:

The model is based off of the .SAT models provided on the website of MK Electric.

View model here:

Unlike the typical US outlet and/or switch the British variety come with the faceplate and the electrical component integrated into a single unit. Due to this fact and other considerations the draw and edit menus for the UK version of the plugin will be different than the North American version (NEMA).

Here are some typical outlets:

For those of you concerned that I am taking my attention off of the wall and truss plugins, don’t be overly concerned. I am only setting up the templates so that my youngest son Edmond can be set loose to do most of the heavy lifting. I will provide oversight, as necessary, to make sure that every outlet and switch model meets my exacting standards but the bulk of my time will be spent working on the gable wall module for the next few days.

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