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Itemized BOM’s for Plant 3d Isometrics

Many people may say it couldn’t be done, but we were able to find a way to itemize BOMs. Typically, this is only a concern for fabrication shops, but it can be really helpful for understanding more about how BOM’s work. To get this to work, we’ll do the following: Create the DbID property Add […]

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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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Top Updates for Plant 3D 2016

Because most of the new features for AutoCAD Plant 3D 2016 were released as Extension 1 for 2015, the platform build (2016 proper) had a strong emphasis on updates existing features and fixes.  To that end, we have gone through the product and picked some of our favorites. 1. Tolerance – In 2016, the program […]

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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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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 […]

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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 […]