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Attention all Plant 3D Users! This year Autodesk University has been moved to the week before Thanksgiving instead of the week after.  Mark your calendars for the November 15-17! Registration for AU opened August 17!  You will want to register early to ensure that the classes you want are not filled up.  As you register make sure you check out the class I will be teaching.   As you can see, as of today, it is down to 23 seats remaining so sign up before they are all gone! See you in Vegas!  

Resting Pipe on Steel Members or other objects can be difficult unless you know the tricks.   Here is the scenario:   Horizontal route needs to turn down vertically and then needs to turn horizontally to lie across steel. To route this pipe, you will want to continue the pipe run by selecting the pipe and then the + at the end of it.  You will pull down seeing an elbow in the route. You will need to set the routing line to BOP.  You will find this in the ribbon (Home tab, Routing & Elevation panel) Use the .X point filter to select the top of steel that you want the pipe to lie across Select the Steel member’s top edge and notice that the pipe will not travel past the steel when you pull in that direction.  Make sure your Ortho (F8) is turned on.  You will also notice that the red line should be on the BOP and not on the COP. Change your PLANE (compass) to a horizontal configuration to get the pipe to lie across the steel. If it is not changed, the COP ...

From time to time, you will come across a pipe route that just stumps you.  This one came up today with a user and this was the solution to the route.  If you know a better way, please comment and let us know and make us all better pipe designers The scenario was two vertical pipes coming off of a tank.  One pipe would turn right at a higher elevation than the second pipe.  The second pipe would turn at 45 degrees and tee into the bottom of the first pipe's horizontal run. Hopefully you can visualize the route from the images above.  Here are the steps using some constructions lines, the TRIM command and LINE-TO-PIPE. 1.  Erase the horizontal pipe on the higher elevation run. 2.  Draw 2 construction lines:  1 replacing the horizontal pipe you just erased and 1 at 45 degrees horizontal off of the elbow.  Make sure the line crosses over the 1st construction line in the plan view. 3.  Once drawn, you will want to TRIM the 2nd line using the TRIM command.  However, this is not a standard ...

You have created your project(s) and have been working for months or years in Plant 3D.  The IT director comes in and says, "We are going to Vault Professional!"  As a designer, you may be thinking sarcastically, "Oh great, something else to learn..." or you may be thinking, "We need something like this to help secure our projects and make horizontal workshare a real possibility!"  You would be right on both thoughts.  There are many advantages to making the move to Vault Professional in regards to AutoCAD Plant 3D, and we can help you explore those benefits.  But you more than likely will have several projects you are already working on that will need to be moved to this new Vault.  It is really an easy task and here are the steps.   In Plant 3D, open the project you want to convert.  Do not open any of the drawings.  From the command line, type in PLANTPROJECTTOVAULT.  You will see the following dialog box asking you to enter in Vault and SQL information.      After selecting "Start" you will see the following dialog ...

This post is for CAD Managers for Plant 3D!  I found a great decompiler for Python the other day.  It is called Easy Python Decompiler and i found it on SourceForge.  If you want to get into the Variants.ZIP file and see how all of these 3D solids in Plant are created and attempt to create your own, try it out! You can download it here:  https://sourceforge.net/projects/easypythondecompiler/files/bin/    

Stop using Bentley's ProjectWise or any other data management solution for managing AutoCAD Plant 3D projects.  They do not work!  There is little to no integration at all. "What will work?"  Autodesk Vault Professional! Applied Software is well-versed in the integration of Vault and AutoCAD Plant 3D and you need to make the switch today! "How does this benefit me?" ◾Check in and out drawings ◾Utilize a horizontal workshare environment with multiple locations utilizing Vault Professional and AVFS (Autodesk Vault File Server) ◾Work locally from your Vault Workspace so you do not have to rely on poor network speeds when saving large models ◾Revision control ◾Permission control The benefits are there so take advantage of them now!

Nerd Cat says: Access the download for Plant 3D 2014 Extension 2 via your Subscription website.  Extension 1 will need to be installed first.  From my initial tests, this is a good release of an Extension in that I haven't found any bugs.