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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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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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Instrument Bubbles on Isometrics in Plant 3D

Every now and then, an idea strikes when you go back and look at an old problem.  This morning, a potential solution occurred to me as I was going through some old emails. Several clients have asked if they can have the instrument tag separated out in the instrument bubble on an isometric. Until I learned more about the iso.atr file, no options presented themselves. While there are a couple of ways to approach this,

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Notes on Supports in Plant 3D Isometrics

Following up the last post, a client asked if there was a better way to put notes on supports other than using the message.   Because we can use any property in our isometrics, this post is going to show how to call out the comment field on the iso (if it’s not blank). To do this, we will map the comment property, create a filter for non-blank supports, and then create a new annotationscheme

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Complex Line Numbers in Isometrics

Out of the box, the line number tag, size and spec are called out on isometrics. One of the most frequent requests we get is to alter that line callout to match our line number. The difficulty lies in the fact that in the isoconfig.xml, when you tell it which fields to place, you can’t mix and match the component properties with the line group properties.  So, for example, setting up a line number like

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Fixing Cutback Elbow Callouts on 45s for Plant 3D

When using the default styles, elbows will be called out as cutbacks even if they are 45s. To fix this, we need to do a little editing in the isoconfig.xml   Here is a link to an article that explains the xml editor I am using: http://www.pdoteam.com/2012/08/editing-xml-files/ Here’s a screenshot of what we are going to fix: In the last section, filters, locate and expand the CutbackElbow filter: The filter can be read like this,

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AutoCAD Isometric Configuration Reference

Autodesk has released a configuration guide we put together for AutoCAD Isometrics.   http://docs.autodesk.com/PLNT3D/2014/ENU/De-mystifying%20AutoCAD%20Plant%203D%20Isometrics.pdf   About 80 pages long, the manual gives both an overview of the isoconfig.xml and some detailed examples for configuration. One of the key features is a list of the skeys used, available symbol types, and screenshots of the blocks used to make the symbols.   I hope you find it useful!

Turning Off the Spec Break in AutoCAD Isometrics

While there is no button to click to turn off spec breaks in AutoCAD Isometrics, you can do it via the xml. Locate the Default theme AnnotationsScheme for your style’s isoconfig.xml. The easiest way is probably to do a search for SpecBreaker.  Under SpecBreaker, you will have to add an Enabled attribute like so:   Generating your iso again will change this: to this:  

Turning off PipeSupportSpec Break in AutoCAD Isometrics

This post will discuss how to modify your isoconfig.xml to remove pipesupportspec breaks.  If you are new to editing the xml, check out this post on using an xml editor. Sometimes when using supports, you may get a spec break on your iso like this: The solution is to change what items call for a spec break. To do that we will edit the filter. Looking through the isoconfig.xml, I went to Themes > Theme

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