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Fasttrack Plant 1.0.16299

We have a new build of Fasttrack Plant in the store, 1.0.16299. We removed the deploy scripts button (which wasn’t working and was for a feature we are not using). Also, we added a prompt during project setup so that the nominal spec is only filled in if you select yes during the fasttrack project […]

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Fasttrack Plant Update 1.0.16286

  An update for Fasttrack Plant is available now: http://www.pdoteam.com/store/fasttrack-plant/. We’re working to get the update pushed to the Autodesk app store now. 10/12/2016 Fixed a bug where the spec directory for Spec-Driven P&IDs didn’t update when the project was changed. Verified Spec-Driven P&IDs work with Vault Fixed bugs where valves wouldn’t show if out of […]

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Spec Driven P&IDs In AutoCAD P&ID

With the release of Fasttrack Plant , we have the capability to create spec-driven P&IDs. Today’s video will show how to use the spec-driven aspects of Fasttrack Plant.  Fast track plant has been tested and runs on 2015-2017 (and most features on 2014).    

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Itemized BOM’s for Plant 3d Isometrics

Many people may say it couldn’t be done, but we were able to find a way to itemize BOMs. Typically, this is only a concern for fabrication shops, but it can be really helpful for understanding more about how BOM’s work. To get this to work, we’ll do the following: Create the DbID property Add […]

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Extracting a catalog from Specs in Plant 3D

One issue we sometimes have is that if someone doesn’t have a source catalog, you can’t modify the underlying spec information. For example, if you convert specs from other programs, you wouldn’t have a catalog behind the spec. One way to get around this is to create a catalog from the spec. To do so, […]

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Dynamic Nozzles for Plant 3D Equipment

One long standing frustration is that you cannot dynamically change the length of a bent nozzle on Plant 3d equipment. Today while reviewing this issue, I thought I’d try a technique that has helped us out in other situations: http://www.pdoteam.com/2014/12/dynamic-length-valves-in-autocad-plant-3d/ Unfortunately, there is no Component Designation property in the catalog editor view, even though it […]

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Creating a layer theme for AutoCAD Isometrics

A client recently inquired about best practices on vendor supplied piping. The goal was to remove vendor supplied piping from the BOM and give those items a specific layer in isometric drawings.  To accomplish this there should be a property that can be adjusted in the 3D model. The first step to meeting this need […]

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Backwards project compatibility

Every now and then we have to take a project to an earlier version, like from 2017 to 2016. For most of the version the next steps work, but you will be attempting this at your own risk. First be aware of when major project formats were changed. The really big one was between 2013-2014 […]

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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