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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

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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 […]