5 Replies Latest reply: May 4, 2012 12:53 PM by Jerrold Green1
leid8999 Level 1 (0 points)

does the steel plate symbol exist in any character fonts or can i import or create a plate symbol use when detailing stee pltes?


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  • Barry Level 7 (29,889 points)

    Hi leid,

     

    I'm unfamiliar with this symbol.

     

    What does it look like?

    Where is it used?

    Have you used in in a different application?

    Was it part of a font used in that application?

     

    Regards,

    Barry

  • leid8999 Level 1 (0 points)

    thank you for reading my question!  the symbol is made up of the letters P and L, whereby, the L is placed over the top of the P forming the steel plate designation.  it is in Autodesk applications for use in detailing with steel plates and the like.  Primarily used by engineers, drafters, architects and in the steel business.It is used when you call out a size of plate for any given engineered design.  I believe that the overlapping P and L are in ACAD and some other Autodesk applications.

     

    Is there a way that I can import the symbol if it is found?  Or, could i make one?  thank you in advance for your help,

     

    Charlie

  • Jerrold Green1 Level 7 (29,960 points)

    Charlie,

     

    If you can, make a screen shot of the Steel Plate symbol and post it here. Use the Camera Icon on the discussion toolbar to load the screen shot graphic to the forum.

     

    Like this, perhaps?

     

    PlateSym.png

     

    Jerry

  • leid8999 Level 1 (0 points)

    Jerry!  VERY NICE!  Now, can I use this in a cell on a numbers spreadsheet to designate my callout?  Thank you!

     

    Charlie

  • Jerrold Green1 Level 7 (29,960 points)

    Charlie,

     

    I come from the electrical end of the engineering spectrum, but I worked 37 years for a metals manufacturer and after thinking about it for a few minutes I thought I might have seen that symbol on mechanical drawings. First, how I made it:

     

    In Pages, I created two Text Boxes. One containing a large letter P and the other containing a large letter L. I set both text boxes to Floating and turned off the Object Causes Wrap control for both boxes. Then I positioned them and grouped them (Arrange > Group). Next Command-C to put the combination symbol on the Clipboard and switch the focus to the Preview.app program. In Preview, Command-N to make a new file from the Clipboard Contents and save it in whatever format you need. To post in the forum, I used PNG, but for use in a table, I'd use the PDF format. If this symbol is going to be used in a sentence, it's more complicated since you can't easily mix graphics and plain text in a cell with good position control. Better to compose in Pages using the symbol as an Inline Object, convert to a PDF using the procedure above, and then paste the PDF into the cell.

     

    Regards,

     

    Jerry