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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.

 

The drawing, OrthoSymbolStyles.dwg, by default is located under Orthos\Styles\ in the project folder.  This drawing contains a block called PlantPipeGap that we can modify to get the gap we need.

 

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Open up orthosymbolstyles.dwg, type in BEDIT and the command line and select the PlantPipeGap block.

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Draw a solid hatch here:

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To make the gap a little prettier, I like putting a wipeout in the background so that the flat pipe end is hidden.

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Draw a rectangle for a wipeout shape, and then turn it into a wipeout.

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Last, send the wipeout to the back so our gap symbol appears on top.

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The final edited block will look like this:

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Now our gap looks like this:

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And regenerating the view shows this:

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You can remove some of the whitespace by playing with the wipeout shape, and make sure your line type setting matches what you want to see when plotting.