We’ve had lots of downloads, and lots of feedback on our Steel Toolkit, so an update was in order. We still feel that CADWorx Steel provides a great deal of flexibility in todays workplace, and with the addition of a few simple datafiles, you can greatly expand on that. The contents of the Steel Toolkit 3.0 […]
If you are running Plant Pro, or Steel Pro, we’ve worked up a little workaround for that around here.
First, go to Plant, Setup, Layers and add a new layer called Frozen Steel. Make is a color that is truely obnoxious so that it stands out.Next, rather than doing the standard “subtract” command in AutoCAD to make your holes, draw a profile of the hole you want to make, and make it a solid using CADWorx Steel, Plate. Do a COPE to get the hole in the steel. If you have multiple holes, array the solid, then cope. Now, turn the cutting profiles(this is your plate solid) to the “Frozen Steel” layer and turn that layer off. Having the layer turned off means that the objects are still “active” even though they are off. This means that when you stretch, the objects still react to the steel member and retain the hole.
CADWorx has a setting called Auto Cope in Steel, here’s the definition from the help file:
“This command allows the user to set automatic coping on or off. When the system is on and two members are coped, they will remain coped even if one of the member is changed. They will automatically re-cope to the shape of the new member.”
By using steel to “cope” the holes into the member rather than a subtract, you can make use of this to keep the holes when you have to stretch a member.
Let me know if it works for you
Theres a short video I made of this on my SkyDrive. Feel free to download and if you have any questions just let me know!
CADWorx Plant has a great way to find the Center of Gravity (COG) of a spool, and CADWorx Steel has a great way to find the COG for steel and steel assemblies, but you can’t REALLY run a combined COG for both. There is a way around this though, and it’s not that hard.
The way that I go about this is to run a SCG (Steel Center of Gravity). Be sure to insert in the marker, and save the report out. Now, take a look at your model, and locate the COG Marker that was placed. Once you’ve found it, do a generic attach to that marker. Plug in the weight from the report and description of the skid. then do a Plant COG (Center of Gravity) on the rest of the model, including the SCOG marker. Now, on things like equipment and pumps, you will need to locate their COG and place a node there, and again, generic attach with the weight. This will give a COG report for the entire assembly.
One other perk to this, is on the BOM, you will get the skid and any other generic attached items, like pumps, vessels etc. as a line item, but they won’t interfere or try and pull into an ISO IN/OUT or ISOGEN pull.
If you have any questions, please do NOT hesitate to get in touch with us!