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Top Updates for Plant 3D 2016

Because most of the new features for AutoCAD Plant 3D 2016 were released as Extension 1 for 2015, the platform build (2016 proper) had a strong emphasis on updates existing features and fixes.  To that end, we have gone through the product and picked some of our favorites. 1. Tolerance – In 2016, the program […]

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Plant Design Suite 2016

Is here!!! You can find it for download at https://manage.autodesk.com/cep/#products-services if you are subscriber. My personal favorite change is the addition of AutoCAD MEP to the suite.  While it includes another way of managing CAD, we do get the benefit of a robust library of architectural elements (doors, windows, etc), AND HVAC, and CABLE TRAY! Since […]

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Using Tolerances in Plant 3D 2016

In order to take advantage of using tolerances in AutoCAD Plant 3D 2016, you’ll need to modify your joint connections.  The joint xml is located in the project folder and is called DefaultConnectorsConfig.xml. My personal favorite xml editor is Foxe, and here is a link showing how to use it: http://www.pdoteam.com/2012/08/editing-xml-files/ You will want to set […]

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Fast Track User Logging

The Fast Track User Login allows the user to easily log all the users that have worked on the project in which the log users is enabled. The first step will be to go to you FT manage tab in the ribbon Then you will go and select the LOG USERS command under the settings panel. […]

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FastTrack Align View Cube Tool

Sometimes we need to re-align an angled section of our Plant 3D model when creating an Ortho view. ECAD Inc.’s Fast Track plug-in for AutoCAD Plant 3D has a tool that does this for you. Re-alignment is accomplished through the use of the “Align View Cube” tool found on the 2D Fast Track tab of […]

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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 […]

2015-01-22_17-05-40 Read more

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 […]