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Alternate component auto-selection

Today a client asked how to have a secondary gasket automatically inserted when a specific flange is placed. After experimentation, I found some joint settings that work. The overall process goes like this: Modify your catalog components to use a Gasket Standard Add the items to your spec Modify your simple flange joint connection to […]

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Handling Coordinates with Named UCS in AutoCAD

In some situations, users may run into issues when the coordinates for their facility are too far from the origin for AutoCAD to correctly process the model. Background Information Please see these articles for more details about the types of issues that may arise: https://knowledge.autodesk.com/support/autocad-plant-3d/troubleshooting/caas/sfdcarticles/sfdcarticles/Using-AutoCAD-Plant-3D-in-a-state-plane-coordinate-project-environment.html https://knowledge.autodesk.com/support/autocad-plant-3d/troubleshooting/caas/sfdcarticles/sfdcarticles/Different-issues-with-high-coordinates-in-AutoCAD-Plant-3D.html https://knowledge.autodesk.com/support/autocad-plant-3d/troubleshooting/caas/sfdcarticles/sfdcarticles/Checklist-of-tips-on-orthographics-in-AutoCAD-Plant-3D.html Here are some links showing how Microstation handles […]

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Managing Plant 3D Catalog Content in Vault

One of the organization hurdles that can be overcome by utilizing Vault is deploying custom catalog content.  While putting content on the network is a valid option, deploying it through Vault is actually a better scenario as you get better control and certain aspects perform better.   This article will cover the following steps: How […]

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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 […]

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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”/> […]

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 […]

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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 […]