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Isometric Types

One of the questions that has come up recently is – what symbol types can I use?  While I do not have a comprehensive list of types, I did gather a list of the ones used in the catalogs. To get it, I went through all of the ootb catalogs and exported them to Excel.  […]

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Customizing Line Display in Plant 3D Isometrics

From time to time we will get a client who doesn’t want line number to display on the pipe line.  Altering the line display requires us to edit the isoconfig.xml.  Previously, you had to wade through the text, but with the Iso Cfg Editor’s release, we don’t have to do that any more. Open your […]

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Title Block Attributes for Isos in AutoCAD Plant 3D

We ran into an issue this week where isos wouldn’t generate for a particular title block.  In locating the problem, I was reminded of a best practice. When you are creating attributes for blocks, ALWAYS use unique tags.  While AutoCAD will let you add the same tag, supporting multiple tags is not something developer’s think […]

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Iso Config Editor Introduction

We have just released a new tool called the Iso Config Editor for 2013 which is now available in our store. The Iso Config Editor allows loading up an isoconfig.xml in a specialized xml editor.   The editor has the following features: View node data View Comments Edit values Right-click clone/delete for lists Search   […]

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Differences between Quick Iso and Production Iso

A common question we get is “What is the difference between a quick iso and a production iso?”  While very similar, the two methods have a couple different results and different purposes.   Quick Iso A quick iso is intended to address troubleshooting issues.  You should have a check style setup that displays helpful troubleshooting […]

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Using Feet and Inches Dimensions in Plant 3D

One issue that recently came up was forcing the isometrics to use feet and inches for dimensions less that 2 feet.  For example, in the iso below the dimension 20 1/4” should read 1’ 8 1/4”.  For AutoCAD isometrics, the bulk of the display settings are stored in a single file, the IsoConfig.xml. In a […]

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Creating a Custom Support in AutoCAD Plant 3D

One of the nice features about AutoCAD Plant 3D is that you can easily create a custom support.  While you can create a support on the fly using PLANTPIPESUPPORTADD, frequently you will need to create your own custom support in AutoCAD. PLANTPIPESUPPORTADD dialog: Here are the steps to creating your own custom support. Create your […]

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Symbol for the Isometric Generator in AutoCAD Plant 3D

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Custom Piping Components - Plant 3D

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Custom Piping Components – Plant 3DWhile researching the content for the next post on creating custom isometric symbols, I could not locate a good source of documentation for the current symbol set. The symbol keys.pdf  is a first draft of the available symbols used in […]