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Plant 3d 2017 New Features

Join Jon Phelps for an introduction to the new features available in Plant 3d 2017 Wednesday at 10 am CDT.  We look forward to seeing you there! http://ecadinc.com/Events/EventId/2090/e/plant-3d-2017-whats-new-pdo-live-panel-29-jun-2016 New feature topics: P&ID Painter Multiport Valves Pulled Pipe Bends Isometric Reference Dimensions Iso Style Migration PCF to Pipe Equipment Modeling Connector Configuration Isometric Improvements

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Read-only Instrument Properties

Periodically we get a question about not being able to assign tag information to instruments. It turns out there is some sort of bug that is setting the instrument tag properties read-only. To fix it, go to project setup. Navigate to P&ID DWG Settings > P&ID Class Definitions > Engineering Items > Instrumentation. Make sure […]

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Fasttrack Navisworks 1.26 Update

Hi we’ve just released an update for our P3d Datalink plugin. The plugin is being renamed Fasttrack Navisworks and has had a couple features added. Here’s the product page: http://www.pdoteam.com/store/fasttrack-navisworks/ where you can download a trial, purchase, or view help videos. In summary for 1.26, you can pick a part in a model without having […]

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Automatic Line Lists from AutoCAD P&ID

In 2016, we have the ability to debug scripts in the report creator. Recently I was able to use that to develop a report that shows a true piping line list. It does function a little different from the stock line list and the stock line summary list in that it requires grouping line segments […]

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Alternate component auto-selection

Today a client asked how to have a secondary gasket automatically inserted when a specific flange is placed. After experimentation, I found some joint settings that work. The overall process goes like this: Modify your catalog components to use a Gasket Standard Add the items to your spec Modify your simple flange joint connection to […]

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Handling Coordinates with Named UCS in AutoCAD

In some situations, users may run into issues when the coordinates for their facility are too far from the origin for AutoCAD to correctly process the model. Background Information Please see these articles for more details about the types of issues that may arise: https://knowledge.autodesk.com/support/autocad-plant-3d/troubleshooting/caas/sfdcarticles/sfdcarticles/Using-AutoCAD-Plant-3D-in-a-state-plane-coordinate-project-environment.html https://knowledge.autodesk.com/support/autocad-plant-3d/troubleshooting/caas/sfdcarticles/sfdcarticles/Different-issues-with-high-coordinates-in-AutoCAD-Plant-3D.html https://knowledge.autodesk.com/support/autocad-plant-3d/troubleshooting/caas/sfdcarticles/sfdcarticles/Checklist-of-tips-on-orthographics-in-AutoCAD-Plant-3D.html Here are some links showing how Microstation handles […]