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Structure Explode to miter handrails

If you want to miter handrails,  you will first need to explode the rails since all of the structural members are grouped and cannot be mitered. Instead of using the regular AutoCAD EXPLODE command, use the Structure Explode button on the Structure Ribbon. This will make sure that each structural member is free of the railing […]

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Can’t see Advanced Steel in Plant 3D

After installed the 2015.1 Advanced Steel object enabler, you may still not be able to see the structural objects for some steel models. If this is the case, while in Advanced Steel, go to the Output tab > Proxy, click the Save with area Proxy-Graphics, and then save the file. After opening it in Plant […]

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Install Service Pack or Extension?

One topic that we have been working to clarify for users lately is when to install a service pack and when to install an extension. Today’s topic should help inform you of when to install extensions, as well as some of the installation steps to be aware of. One thing that helps is to realize that […]

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Renaming referenced catalogs in Plant 3d specs

Sometimes users want to rename the catalog they created, after having created specs. While this can be tedious, it is still possible. Each spec consists of two related files, the pspc, and the pspx.  This article will demonstrate part of the relationship between catalogs and specs. 1.  The first step is to rename/move the original […]

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Can’t edit Equipment nozzles

Ok, so this is more of a personal issue than anything else. For the last little while, I’ve been unable to edit equipment nozzles without the dialog disappearing and pipe starting to get routed.   If this happens to you, make sure GRIPSUBOBJMODE = 0, and your life can go back to normal.   **UPDATE** Being […]

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Dell PC Recommendations for 2015

Pretty regularly I get asked by clients what they should get for a laptop.  So, here are my 2015 recommendations. While this is geared towards AutoCAD, these recommendation exceed the basic requirements for most Autodesk products, and should provide good performance for users.  Note that because mobile video cards are not certified, you will not […]