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Populating the Assign Tag Annotation Styles

When you assign tag information to a P&ID object you are also prompted for an annotation style, but custom annotations may not always get included in the list. In this example the annotation I’ve created is called Trimmed Line Tag, and the contents of the block are shown below: As you can see above the […]

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Getting Started with Fasttrack

When you first get Fasttrack, you may be wondering how do I start using this tool effectively? This article will cover the basics of running the setup of Fasttrack in Plant 3D, some of the properties that are automatically added to help Fasttrack work, and some ideas for best practices. When you first create a […]

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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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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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Custom Iso Drawing Names

Recently I had a request to create custom drawing names for isometric drawings. Here is what the client wanted to get for his isometric names: Size-Spec-Service-Line#-Sht#-Rev# (ex. 2-CS150-FL-0500-01-R0, 2-CS150-FL-0500-02-R0) My first discovery was that you cannot use multiple properties in the FileNameFormat, PrefixModelProperties, ModelProperty, Name. This apparently causes an issue and results in seemingly random […]

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Schematic Line Substitute for AutoCAD P&ID

Jacketed, Primary and Secondary, existing and new are all available Pipe Lines in the P&ID Tool Palette.  It’s great that they are all available, but what happens if someone used the wrong type of schematic line to draw a pipe line? Let’s say that all the information for the line is correct, except that it […]

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Editing and Deleting Nozzles in Plant 3D

Deleting and editing a nozzle sounds like a simple task (and it is!), but the first time you try editing a nozzle, you may find yourself having difficulties finding out how.  Most people who are experienced in using AutoCAD have set search pattern to look for how to find a method to edit objects.  That is great […]

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Take advantage of exporting from Plant 3D to Excel

The fact that Plant 3D allows you to export information from your Data Manager to an Excel spreadsheet isn’t any kind of secret.  This is something that many people are relieved to hear, because this allows us to make edits in Excel and then import the spreadsheet back into the Data Manager.  Parts in the […]

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Single Flange Insertion in AutoCAD Plant 3D

A common misconception about Part Insertion in Plant 3D is that flanges are always inserted with a mating flange.  This would mean  to insert one flange without its mating flange, we would need insert the flange and then end the command to delete the mating flange. While this isn’t difficult it does interrupt workflow. Thankfully, […]