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Adding sizes to the custom parts palette

Every now and then we get asked how to add sizes to the custom parts palette.  While I’ve said no, I always try to dig a little more to find out where those sizes get pulled from. This morning, I found it!   Adding a Size to permanent (CustomParts) Items   The critical piece is […]

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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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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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Changing Part Familes in the AutoCAD Plant 3D Spec Editor

A question posed by Craig Sablich from Keystone Engineering brought up an interesting topic.  How do you merge two part families?  This example will walkthrough merging the 1/2”-24” Blind Flanges with the 26”-60” blind flanges. I’ve recently run into yet another database editor that I now think is the best.  And yes, my pick seems […]

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Nipple Engagements

I updated our engagements list to include socket weld engagements.   Let me know if you need other engagements and where to find them. When building new threaded or socket weld items, it’s good to use a standard engagement depth so that your model looks consistent.  Your cut lengths will also be more consistent.