Smart DWFs in AutoCAD Plant 3D and AutoCAD P&ID

For a long time I have wanted to see the data associated with my P&IDs in the DWFs I published.  I started working on something when we were using CADWorx, but stopped due to the switch to AutoCAD Plant 3D.

I thought I’d look at the issue again to see if I could set it up for AutoCAD Plant 3D and AutoCAD P&ID.

Surprise! It’s already there!.  Any 3D DWF of a model or DWF of a P&ID you create will have object intelligence included.

3D DWF of a piping model


DWF of a P&ID


The only trick is that you have to use the PUBLISH command and choose DWF or DWFx.


For those of you who want to see this in action, I’ve shared a sample P&ID that I was playing with on my Autodesk Cloud.