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Dynamic Length Valves in AutoCAD Plant 3D

I have been curious about how custom parts work for a while. For example, you can put in a custom part from the spec view palette, and it will be dynamic. But if you put a part from the base catalogs in the custom parts spec, it wouldn’t work. While at AU 2014, I discovered a little trick. It turns out that what makes custom parts special is the Component Designation property. In the spec,

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Sharing Awesomeness – Skipping Classes and Properties

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Sharing Projects with AutoCAD Plant 3D

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Sharing Projects with AutoCAD Plant 3DAutoCAD P&ID and Plant 3D also handles cases where properties or classes do not exist in a current project setup. In this scenario, PID001 is from a project that has additional properties and some extra ball valve classes. When using Copy drawing to project to bring PID001 into a new project, this dialog is displayed warning us about missing classes

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Separating Item Code Rows in AutoCAD Plant 3D Isometrics

Today we have a client who has filled in the Item Code property in specs and catalogs, but needs items with different sizes to appear on separate rows. By default, they are combined like this:   I learned something about how the Columns are used in the isoconfig.xml but I haven’t had a using to modify them until now. For this particular style, the client is using Shop and Field sections, so I’ll be modifying

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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 letters to be used when naming the file or in some cases I’ve also seen where the program just ignores

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Sharing Awesomeness in AutoCAD Plant 3D – Sending Projects

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Sharing Projects with AutoCAD Plant 3D

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Sharing Projects with AutoCAD Plant 3DOne of my favorite features of AutoCAD P&ID and AutoCAD Plant 3D is how sharing drawings and/or projects is managed, in a word seamlessly. The topic is discussed here [http://docs.autodesk.com/PLNT3D/2015/ENU/pdf/Tailoring_AutoCAD_PnID_and_Plant_3D.pdf#page=33], but this series will take a more in depth look at it.   Sending Projects First, we should cover sending projects.  For projects based on SQLite (the default database option),

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Dynamic Parts in AutoCAD Plant 3D

One question we get fairly regularly is “how do I create dynamic parts in Plant 3D?”  While the custom parts palette is powerful, for frequently used shapes, it is cumbersome. The best way to insert standard, modifiable parts is to create them in the custom parts spec (CustomParts Imperial or CustomParts Metric).  This spec is modifiable from the spec editor, and you can change information after the component has been placed. You can modify parts

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BOM Text color in AutoCAD Plant 3D Isometrics

Frequently we get asked how to change the color of text in AutoCAD Isometrics Bill of Materials (BOM). By default the text color looks like this: Go to project setup, Isometric DWG Settings, Title Block and Display, Setup Title Block. The Bill of Material Table is an AutoCAD table, so we need to select the first row and then set the Content properties to unlocked. Then we can change the text color to something like

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Tailoring AutoCAD P&ID and AutoCAD Plant 3D

While our blog has been pretty quiet lately, I have been working on some other documentation for AutoCAD. We partnered together and will be releasing a new book (it’s only in pdf form) called Tailoring AutoCAD P&ID and Plant 3D (free!). The book is laid out with a couple of goals: Provide a framework to help organize your approach to customization. Document major facets of the product to give you a whole picture Include detailed

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Displaying Under Ground Piping in AutoCAD Plant 3D

One semi-frequent question is “how do I display underground piping on orthos?”   The easiest way in 2014 I have found consists of a few steps: Use a box or plate to represent grade Create one viewport for the below grade items Create another viewport for above grade items Overlay the viewports Represent grade In this model I used a box that has a height of 1/4” to represent grade. Create the Below Grade Viewport

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Routing to BOP Elevations

I have tried to figure this particular issue out for a couple years now. When routing from a pump discharge, you frequently want to get the BOP to a specific elevation like 7’6” or something. Up until last week, I never had found a good way to do that.  I’m sure some have figured this out, but I’ll post this for those of us that haven’t. While doing to onsite work with Sigma Engineering and

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