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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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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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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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Exporting Filtered Parts

One client, Craig Sablich, figured out a feature that had me stymied up until now.  The issue is that when you export parts from a catalog to Excel, if you don’t choose export all data, you only get one part per part family, which means that you can’t edit all of the parts. To correctly […]

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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 […]