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Garrett Tice
Garrett Tice
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I often see different companies with multiple locations utilizing one database. However, at those multiple locations they have different hardware available on the floor. An example would be Location A having one size of plasma requiring certain sheet sizes and Location B requiring a different sheet size. While using one database this can be difficult to manage without continuously making changes to the database. This video will display a way to setup your materials and sizes for each location, and not have to make a second trip to the database.

This Video will display how to place multiple CTEXT reports onto one piece within a model. Hope this helps!

This video will display the process of retrieving your lost utility bar inside of Fabrication Remote Entry. Unlike CAMduct or ESTmep, there is no easy way to retrieve it once it has been closed out inside of the program.Thanks for Watching!

This video will display the new Group by Option within Fabrication 2017, allowing you arrange the items within a job based off of certain criteria. Check it out and leave me your feedback!

I am often asked the best way to distinguish which cut files are for liner tables vs which are for plasmas. This video will display my suggested setup inside of CAMduct to handle liner files vs metal files, including spacing between parts and common line cutting.

I've been asked a few times here recently if there is a way to get a weekly report for everything you do metal wise within CAMduct. The short answer is, yes you can! However it may be difficult based off of how you structure your project folders and jobs. Watch the below video to see a small scale example on how one might accomplish a weekly report system and let me know what you think below! (Keep in mind that you can run as many reports as you want within the process to account for ancillaries, too!)

This video will demonstrate how to apply Custom Data and Takeoff Information directly to each individual piece if it differs from a standard:

Ever get fed up with connector breakpoints and what each line actually controls? Check out the diagram below with an explanation of each rectangular break-point line, and what they are actually doing. The following setup is for a rectangular connector using the "Coupling Plate" end draw type.   Gasket- This value physically separates two connected items  Horizontal Inset- Will inset the connector on the horizontal plane by the value input here. If 4 is input, 2 from each side will be removed.   Length- Determines how far the connector extends back into or away from the duct. This value can also be used to simulate Slip Joints. A positive number input here will extend the connector away from the duct. A negative value will bring the connector into the duct. Thickness- This line can be used to raise the connector away from the duct body. This is useful when Shading or rendering to get proper separation between Duct and connector faces. Vertical Width- This line will apply to the vertical side of the duct. Use this in unison with "Thickness" to get a ...

Ever have inconsistencies within your BOM while spooling?These inconsistencies are typically caused by report setup and/or differences within the items being spooled. Check the video below to learn a nifty little command that is beneficial to the spooling process!

When applying hangers to your items/drawing, there are several different methods. You can use Design Line with a support specification applied to the condition affecting your hangers, and HANGERCMD with the same specification applied. In the event you want to manually place hangers on your items, the best method is takeoff as cut-in. Why not save a few clicks and apply a script to the hanger itself that will automatically allow you to cut the hanger into the desired item, at the appropriate size? Follow the below steps to save a few clicks and speed up hanger placement. Right Click-->Button Properties of a hanger             Select Edit Script         Once within the "Edit Command Script" window, locate "Insert Into Run". Usethe "Add Step" button to apply the step to "Selected Commands"         Select "OK" out of the Edit Command Script window. The last step is to select the "Script Is Default Action" checkbox.         Close the "Button Properties" dialog by selecting "OK" Now the hanger is ready to be cut in to a piece of pipe/duct. By simply left clicking on the hanger with the script applied the command line will read "Select Run Object" Select ...

By using offset rules, you can dictate how offsets are handled and what fittings are used based off of the actual offset distance.Follow the below steps to set up 2 custom offset rules within design line. Note: Click images to enlarge. 1. Enter the Service Database           2. Move to the Offset Rules tab         3.Right Click within the condition window and select "New"          4.The Breakpoints window will open       5.The first drop down option, "Condition", contains 3 choices 5a. Less than Equal5b. Less than Equal5c. Less than Equal       6.The next option within the breakpoint window is "Value". This is the "Value" called out within the condition. (Example: If the value entered is 20, condition( 5a. now reads Less than Equal       7. The last option, "Button code", is what you will call out as the button code within your Button Mappings.       8. Select the condition Less than Equal9. Input 20 for Value 10. Input "MitredOffset" for the button code and copy the text.       11. Move to the button mappings tab and create a new entry               12. Paste "MitredOffset" from the clipboard into the Button Code field. 13. Can be made by using alternates: will be the button code assigned to the item(s) you wish to fill for that particular button code.(Remember, we called out ...

Tired of having to lock connectors and seams onto your items? By utilizing alternate connectors and seams within your pressure files, you will be able to completely control how each fitting is fabricated. There is no need to lock seams and connectors onto your items! When setting up alternate connectors and seams, my suggestion is to name the alternate seam or connector based off connector/seam type. (I.E  S-Pits and L-Pits="PITTS", SnapLock="SNAP" "TDC=FLNG) Watch the quick video below on creating and applying an alternate seam to a square to round. The same functionality/process will be used when applying alternate connectors. http://youtu.be/rnkSoaKk0iI   NOTE:Alternate connectors and seams are stored and can only be applied via specifications.

At a recent client visit, the topic of exporting to the .NWC format came up. It appears you can not export the .NWC file format from 2014 AutoCAD without installing an NWC export utility. Click the link below to download the utility. Once the utility installs, the command "NWCOUT" will now be available! Navisworks NWC Export Utility P.S.Type "NWNAVIGATOR" at your command line for a great Navis Viewer!  

You can stop the renumber process within spooling from automatically tagging a particular service type. Use the below steps to learn how. Go to your Main Database-->Takeoff-->Service Types and find out what ID number is assigned to the service type "Weld" (57 is default). Additionally you want your weld .ITM file to have the "Weld" Service type applied within the properties of the item.   Go to your local configuration folder (examples: C: Map-Software, C:UsersPublicDocumentsAutodeskFabrication 2014Imperial ContentV2.05) and locate your spool.ini. Within you will need to make sure that the line item RenumberIgonreIDS is set to 0, meaning don't renumber the ID'S that we have set to ignore. Then go to line item IgnoreIDs, enter the value of the ID number assigned to your welds and whatever other service types you wish to exclude from being tagged. (Note, when you have multiple ID'S that you wish to ignore, distance them with a comma and no space). Save the spool.ini, and your welds will no longer be tagged. For a project that requires weld certifications, remove the ID number of your weld service type within the spool.ini, and your ...