One question we get fairly regularly is “how do I create dynamic parts in Plant 3D?” While the custom parts palette is powerful, for frequently used shapes, it is cumbersome.
The best way to insert standard, modifiable parts is to create them in the custom parts spec (CustomParts Imperial or CustomParts Metric). This spec is modifiable from the spec editor, and you can change information after the component has been placed.
You can modify parts in the spec, or add new ones from the custom parts catalog.
In the spec viewer, choose the custom parts spec, and locate the modified item.
After placing the part, you can modify the properties and end types as needed, but the default values will come from the spec.
You can also change the spec to match the existing line.
You should use the custom parts spec for items like relief valves, control valves, or instruments so you can predefine symbol skeys, types, and dimensions while allowing the part to remain configurable after being inserted.