Our Company is getting a big project soon, that will require us to do 3D piping. I have been using AutoCAD for 9 years now but I have never done any professional 3D work, I know most of the 3D commands, but I don't think that is enough to do real 3D work. I'm wondering if there are any place that I can get AutoCAD 3D Piping blocks, ( Fittings,Pumps, Equipments, etc..), or can any one tell me about any other 3D program other than AutoCAD, that is easy to use and has better capablities than AutoCAD has. I need an advice please, and that is urgent.
What size and type of piping? Steel weld or threaded? Pumps? I do all my 3d
piping in MDT and have an extensive inventory of pipe fittings and pumps. I
find MDT to be very easy to use and efficient when dealing with piping and
handling the BOMs.
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sorry, but it's true, i use it every day.
at the time ('98) we went to solidworks, inventor was in it's infancy. with
inventor on horizon, mdt was doomed. no way were we going to get an imature
cad tool. ;(
We are currently using CadWorx http://www.coade.com/ on a large project.
Our end output will be the Isogen Isometrics so far we have produced 1300
with approx 600 to go. Since it works on top of AutoCAD we have found it to
be easy to use and very forgiving.
The Professional package includes Isogen, which can be customised with your
own drawing sheet and layout.
Navisworks Roamer for taking a look at the 3D model but you will need to
purchase the clash detection. Our Engineers find this model useful since
they can mark up the Navisworks file, move a valve or line etc.
The steel module is easy to use and handy for converting lines into 3D
steel. The steel model is used for creating the marking plans, this way
everyone is using the same model, other structures like concrete tanks can
be modelled in AutoCAD. The model is also used for arrangements, floor
CadWorx also works with a database and can export BOM in Excel and Access.
You can use the access database for further checks. We have customised a
program that checks valves, pipes against excel sheets to make sure the
correct item is put into the model. All our parts have a unique part code,
this part code list originally came from PDS and was converted to use with
Our file structure is simple, each pipe line has it's own file in a piping
folder, civil and structures also have there own folders, then all elements
are xref'd overlay into the module assembly. All elements are inserted at
0,0,0 this is usually the coordinates for the site. If you require true
north coordinates then set up a UCS for this point.
Basically we have found it to be a good package overall. It comes with a
large library and number of specs for different pipe materials, which you
can adjust for your own needs.