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    AutoCad blocks

    Hello,

    i am new and just purchased the new APEX with most bells and whistles but my new house (building) is almost complete (3-1-18) and the tank and stand (300 gallon 7'x3'x2' tall) will be install next month with actual startup around the second week of march. i have attached a cad drawing of my plumbing and i want to add apex equipment then do a wiring diagram and was wondering if anyone had 3d cad drawings of the equipment or at least dimensions as i to plan my install down to the inch..

    thank you in advance

    Scott
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    I assume you tried doing a Google search for “Neptune Apex DWG,” etc? I haven’t seen any, but you may want to try some of the online forums such as ReefCentral and Reef2Reef.

    A lot of people use sketchup, so you may find renderings in sketchup, too. I don’t know how easy it would be to convert between the two, but it’s a possibility.

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    If it's just modules and 2016 or classic base unit, neptune has mounting templates that are printable pdf that show the bounds where you need to leave space. You could insert those into your drawing, trace around them and then extrud those if you can't find photorealistic ones.

    You might be an engineer if...You have no life and can prove it mathematically.

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    thanks, yes i tried google and found some pipe fittings and valves but no luck on the apex equipment. the couple items i have in the drawing i just took rough dimensions and made it look good (which will work for this project). i also am on multiple reef forums including the 2 you mentioned and i will try that again as i only asked about plumbing...thought it would be quicker to start here.

    i will look at sketchup but not sure if i want to start a whole new software...

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    Quote Originally Posted by zombie View Post
    If it's just modules and 2016 or classic base unit, neptune has mounting templates that are printable pdf that show the bounds where you need to leave space. You could insert those into your drawing, trace around them and then extrud those if you can't find photorealistic ones.

    You might be an engineer if...You have no life and can prove it mathematically.
    this may be the best way to do this and sounds like it would work...i will search out said templates, was just hoping there was a 3d version as i wanted to do it 3d (the one i completed already is 2d)

    i am not an engineer but i play one on TV

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    hi, did you manage to find a 3D CAD, i have looked but cant find any...

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    no i did not, i did not have the time yet to build and honestly i do not have the cad skill to do so. i did find the piping and valves ect but since i could not figure this out i stuck to the 2d.
    here is my 2d plumbing plan. if anyone has a wireing diagram for a system using all the apex gear that would be great.
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    A 3D rendering of everything would take quite a while to create. I am fairly handy in AutoCAD and 3D drawing but other than just basic shapes its not really needed for what we are doing. IMHO

    A simple sketch (with dimensions) to scale of the space you have available and the layout you want is much more handy when you start building. I did do a 3D of my setup but I had an odd issue of how to get th e sump raised up like I wanted and also the ability to actually get the water from the tank into the sump.

    first I sketched up the frame of the sump stand.

    received_10215510248686634 by drauka99, on Flickr

    then I modeled the room
    received_10215510046761586 by drauka99, on Flickr

    I had a dimension-ed printout of the framing plan that was a big help. also let me figure out my cut list and make only 2 trips to the store for lumber

    I also made a plan for where and how I was going to mount my Apex and all the modules, this was probably more help than the stand plan since I moved around modules till they made sense for my application on the screen and was able to come up with something that works pretty well in my application.

    2018-04-23_08-53-46 by drauka99, on Flickr

    I think it turned out ok

    received_10215617421085877 by drauka99, on Flickr

    2018-04-29_11-33-03 by drauka99, on Flickr

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