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Insulation and Orthographic Drawings

We have had some users asking about how to have insulation show up graphically in the Orthographic Drawings.  It doesn’t appear that the functionality is present in the software right now.  (Other than manually drawing plain AutoCAD objects in paperspace.) Let’s look at some of the options in the model and annotations that we can […]

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PT15439-Plant 3d Expert Q & A

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Autodesk University

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Autodesk UniversityThis past November, I had the opportunity to partner with Jason Drew answering questions at AU 2016. I wanted to take a minute to write up some of the class notes. The class is posted at AU Online here: http://au.autodesk.com/au-online/classes-on-demand/class-catalog/2016/autocad-plant-3d/pt15439#chapter=0 where you can see the […]

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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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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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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 […]

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Displaying Under Ground Piping in AutoCAD Plant 3D

One semi-frequent question is “how do I display underground piping on orthos?”   The easiest way in 2014 I have found consists of a few steps: Use a box or plate to represent grade Create one viewport for the below grade items Create another viewport for above grade items Overlay the viewports Represent grade In […]

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Creating an Isometric View of a Skewed Model

One of the new features in Plant 3D 2014 is to use a custom view to create an orthographic. Previously, we were locked into the predefined views – top, left, right, bottom, front, back.   Per the screenshot below I have created a model that has some pipe at an angle. Notice that my ucs […]

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Modifying the Pipe Gap in Plant 3D 2014

The first thing I noticed when I placed a pipe gap in 2014 is that there was no hatch on the closed part of the gap.  In the companies I’ve worked, the standard gap always include a solid hatch.   Much like the isometric organization, the orthographic drawings have a drawing that contains blocks used. […]

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Adding External Drawings To AutoCAD Plant 3D

I had always assumed that drawings have to be in the project structure in order to be included in the project.  Recently I ran into a little trick that really helps solve some issues.   Here’s the scenario: we had a client who wanted to use some outside files in the project, but who didn’t […]