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Dynamic Length Valves in AutoCAD Plant 3D

I have been curious about how custom parts work for a while. For example, you can put in a custom part from the spec view palette, and it will be dynamic. But if you put a part from the base catalogs in the custom parts spec, it wouldn’t work. While at AU 2014, I discovered […]

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Dynamic Parts in AutoCAD Plant 3D

One question we get fairly regularly is “how do I create dynamic parts in Plant 3D?”  While the custom parts palette is powerful, for frequently used shapes, it is cumbersome. The best way to insert standard, modifiable parts is to create them in the custom parts spec (CustomParts Imperial or CustomParts Metric).  This spec is […]

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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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Converting CADWorx to Plant 3D

For the last year, we have been working to streamline the process of converting a CADWorx model to Plant 3D.  We are now at the point where we can take advantage of some in-house development tools for converting models. We are excited to announce that we can now convert CADWorx models to Plant 3D models! […]

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2014 Spec Update

Ok, feeling kind of silly for missing one of the biggest small improvements.  Until 2014, we didn’t have a good way to update specs from catalogs, as the descriptions would get overwritten with the catalog descriptions.   In 2014 we have a new settings dialog that allows us to control which properties get updated when […]

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Migrating Spec Catalog References

Sometimes after migrating a spec, you still get a warning to migrate it (or catalogs with it).  The key is usually that the spec is pointing to old catalogs.   An issue that comes up when modifying migrated specs is that your migrated specs still point to their old catalog locations.   To remedy this, […]

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Migrating Specs and Catalogs in Plant 3D

As with all new versions, the topic of migrating specs comes up.  In my experience, I’ve run into two little tricks that clarify the process of migrating content to a new version.   Migration Location When you migrate specs, the spec editor is not modifying the spec or catalog that you select, it makes a […]

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Creating a Custom Valve

Recently, a client mentioned that they couldn’t locate threaded plug valves in the catalogs.  Today’s post will show how to create a custom valve from scratch.  Today we will use a Tufline Sleeved Plug valve: http://www.cranechempharma.com/chempharma/products/valves/xomox-sleeved-plug-valves/screwed-end-sleeved-plug-valves&brandid=6FDB472B-D7F3-EA31-D0E970EBF58FA22A Downloads Overview Below is an overview of the process we will use. Locate the data sheet. Select the sizes […]

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Component Properties For Plant 3D Catalogs

Recently, I wrote about mapping custom PnID class to Plant 3D parts.  In that post we discussed an enumeration xml which contains some interesting settings.   This post will detail the default settings that should be populated for valves so that they can pick up the correct mappings for validation. In addition the file also […]

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Take advantage of exporting from Plant 3D to Excel

The fact that Plant 3D allows you to export information from your Data Manager to an Excel spreadsheet isn’t any kind of secret.  This is something that many people are relieved to hear, because this allows us to make edits in Excel and then import the spreadsheet back into the Data Manager.  Parts in the […]