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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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Skey and Spindle Relationships Plant 3D

In order to customize the operators for valves on isometrics, you need to understand how the configuration for symbols is configured. First, you can configure the valve skey either in the catalogs or from the model directly. To see the relationship between valves and their operator skey, you have to open the IsoSkeyAcadBlockMap.xml in the […]

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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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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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Extracting a catalog from Specs in Plant 3D

One issue we sometimes have is that if someone doesn’t have a source catalog, you can’t modify the underlying spec information. For example, if you convert specs from other programs, you wouldn’t have a catalog behind the spec. One way to get around this is to create a catalog from the spec. To do so, […]

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Dynamic Nozzles for Plant 3D Equipment

One long standing frustration is that you cannot dynamically change the length of a bent nozzle on Plant 3d equipment. Today while reviewing this issue, I thought I’d try a technique that has helped us out in other situations: http://www.pdoteam.com/2014/12/dynamic-length-valves-in-autocad-plant-3d/ Unfortunately, there is no Component Designation property in the catalog editor view, even though it […]

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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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Backwards project compatibility

Every now and then we have to take a project to an earlier version, like from 2017 to 2016. For most of the version the next steps work, but you will be attempting this at your own risk. First be aware of when major project formats were changed. The really big one was between 2013-2014 […]