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FastTrack Align View Cube Tool

Sometimes we need to re-align an angled section of our Plant 3D model when creating an Ortho view. ECAD Inc.’s Fast Track plug-in for AutoCAD Plant 3D has a tool that does this for you. Re-alignment is accomplished through the use of the “Align View Cube” tool found on the 2D Fast Track tab of […]

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Structure Explode to miter handrails

If you want to miter handrails,  you will first need to explode the rails since all of the structural members are grouped and cannot be mitered. Instead of using the regular AutoCAD EXPLODE command, use the Structure Explode button on the Structure Ribbon. This will make sure that each structural member is free of the railing […]

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Renaming referenced catalogs in Plant 3d specs

Sometimes users want to rename the catalog they created, after having created specs. While this can be tedious, it is still possible. Each spec consists of two related files, the pspc, and the pspx.  This article will demonstrate part of the relationship between catalogs and specs. 1.  The first step is to rename/move the original […]

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Can’t edit Equipment nozzles

Ok, so this is more of a personal issue than anything else. For the last little while, I’ve been unable to edit equipment nozzles without the dialog disappearing and pipe starting to get routed.   If this happens to you, make sure GRIPSUBOBJMODE = 0, and your life can go back to normal.

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Dell PC Recommendations for 2015

Pretty regularly I get asked by clients what they should get for a laptop.  So, here are my 2015 recommendations. While this is geared towards AutoCAD, these recommendation exceed the basic requirements for most Autodesk products, and should provide good performance for users.  Note that because mobile video cards are not certified, you will not […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]