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Leaky Pipe with No Leak

Ran into a weird support question.  Per the image below the pipe are not connected, but there are no leak symbols. After some system variable sleuthing, the GRIDMODE system variable was causing this snafu. GRIDMODE=1 It doesn’t create problems with all models, but definitely with the model from the client, there was an issue. GRIDMODE=0

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Report Items By Line Number in Plant 3D

The other day a client needed a report of items by Line Number.  A common way to get the report would be to group by the PipeRunComponent_LineNumberTag.  That report ends up excluding all fasteners. So, the typically, an incorrect report by line number would look something like this: Noticing the Group and Sort panel at […]

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Migrating Specs and Catalogs in Plant 3D

As with all new versions, the topic of migrating specs comes up.  In my experience, I’ve run into two little tricks that clarify the process of migrating content to a new version.   Migration Location When you migrate specs, the spec editor is not modifying the spec or catalog that you select, it makes a […]

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Creating a Custom Valve

Recently, a client mentioned that they couldn’t locate threaded plug valves in the catalogs.  Today’s post will show how to create a custom valve from scratch.  Today we will use a Tufline Sleeved Plug valve: http://www.cranechempharma.com/chempharma/products/valves/xomox-sleeved-plug-valves/screwed-end-sleeved-plug-valves&brandid=6FDB472B-D7F3-EA31-D0E970EBF58FA22A Downloads Overview Below is an overview of the process we will use. Locate the data sheet. Select the sizes […]

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Modifying the Pipe Gap in Plant 3D 2014

The first thing I noticed when I placed a pipe gap in 2014 is that there was no hatch on the closed part of the gap.  In the companies I’ve worked, the standard gap always include a solid hatch.   Much like the isometric organization, the orthographic drawings have a drawing that contains blocks used. […]

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AutoCAD Plant 3D 2014–New Features

Over the last few days, I’ve been digging through Plant and learning about the new features. While there are not many major new features, I’ve been told that 2014 has fixed hundreds of bugs. Plant 2014 does have some much needed improvements in a couple key areas, and I’ll walk through some of these in […]