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Created SQL Backup for Plant 3D Option 2

Recently, we had to setup backup for SQL Server Express for a client. One of the articles I posted a while ago didn’t work, and there’s new information out, so I’m updating the topic.   Microsoft released a kb for doing the backup, so the process is a little simpler and follows these steps: Create […]

2015-10-30_9-31-10 Read more

Loosening bolt requirements in Plant 3D

Every now and then, you discover something that would have been handy to know years ago. In Plant 3D 2016 extension, configuration options were added to the connection settings so that you can control requirements on fasteners. So now, for bolts, we can remove the facing property since that really shouldn’t affect them. That lets […]

2015-10-26_8-43-55 Read more

Expert Panel at AU 2015

Once again we will be hosting the Plant Ask the Expert Panel at AU.  This year we will be having Carsten Beinecke, Peter Quinn, and Jarrod Mudford on the panel.  To help us prepare, we ask that you submit questions ahead of time if possible, so that we can jump right into providing solutions. To […]

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Getting Started – Plant 3d administrator

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Getting Started

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Getting StartedI was asked a couple days what someone should read to get up to speed with some of the more advanced topics for configuring Plant 3D. Resources Watch the Getting Started videos here: http://docs.autodesk.com/PLNT3D/2015/ENU/plant/pip//ap3d_movielist.htm Read through the workflows here: http://help.autodesk.com/view/PLNT3D/2016/ENU/?guid=GUID-DF3EDA04-9C16-4FE9-8346-75C5311A7D22 The most comprehensive reference […]

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Updating to 2016 Extension 1

With a new extension out for 2016 we’ll have to make a few changes to our old projects. Changes have been made to the IsoSkeyAcadBlockMap.xml, IsoSymbolStyles.dwg, and IsoConfig.xml files, so we’ll have to generate a fresh project after installing the extension. The IsoSkeyAcadBlockMap.xml will need the following lines added: <SkeyMap SKEY = “BLD” AcadBlock =”RefDimPhantom”/> […]

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Upcoming Webinar

We are going to host a webinar! Our first webinar will be Friday, Sept. 11 at 9 am CT.  You can register here – http://ecadinc.com/Events/EventId/672/e/pdo-team-live-panel-11-sep-2015 Please be sure and join us! We added a Q & A board to facilitate asking questions. To get to it go hover over the training menu and then go to Webinars […]

2015-08-07_9-42-25 Read more

Knowledge Base

Taking a page from one of the recent trends, I wanted to make it easier to locate articles by browsing.  To that end, you can now view a list of our articles by category on our knowledge base page – http://www.pdoteam.com/knowledgebase/ I’ve tried to organize the articles by topics a little better, but there may still […]

2015-08-06_9-06-12 Read more

Adding sizes to the custom parts palette

Every now and then we get asked how to add sizes to the custom parts palette.  While I’ve said no, I always try to dig a little more to find out where those sizes get pulled from. This morning, I found it!   Adding a Size to permanent (CustomParts) Items   The critical piece is […]

2015-07-24_9-31-02 Read more

Using drawings external to a project in Plant 3D and Vault

Dragging up a post from way back: http://www.pdoteam.com/2012/07/adding-external-drawings-to-autocad-plant-3d/ There are 3 types of drawings that will be included when generating orthographic drawings: Any dwg created through the project manager within the project folder structure (most frequent). Any xref that is referenced as an attachment A drawing that is in a project folder that saves drawings outside […]