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 […]

2015-10-15_13-09-11 Read more

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 […]

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 […]

2015-07-22_13-35-53 Read more

Loading Navisworks Navigator into AutoCAD or Advanced Steel

The navisworks navigator plugin available in Plant 3D is a fantastic tool for visualizing your model inside of Navisworks.  However, by default the window doesn’t load inside of Advanced Steel or other AutoCAD products. To help with the button issue, you’ll need a partial cuix to load (below). Once you have that, you’ll need to make […]

2015-07-21_11-34-50 Read more

Creating a project template in Vault

If you transition to using Vault, you will need to create your project template inside of Vault. Once done, and if you have 2015 Ext 1 or higher installed, you can create new projects using the Vault template.  This post will look at creating a Vault project based on an existing project template on a […]

2015-06-30_9-05-04 Read more

Finding Extensions, Service Packs and Hot Fixes

If you are new to the Autodesk world, or haven’t seen the changes to subscription center, you will need to know how to locate extensions, service packs, and hot fixes.  In all honesty, within the last year Autodesk has spent a lot of resource updating how these items are distributed, so this is a good […]

2015-06-24_23-37-21 Read more

Customizing Tool Tips in Plant 3D

I’ve said it couldn’t be done. But in another episode of kicking myself, I was reminded by ADM, and John Bennett, about the rollover tool tip customization in the CUI. So, steps to show tool tips are as follows: 1. Start the CUI command 2. Locate the rollover tooltips section on the left under main […]