I draw alot of piping in 2D, then i go ahead and draw an isometric view of this 2d piping. Is there a way i can draw this piping once and make a view rotation of some sort to automatically convert this piping into an isometric view?
For example, i will draw a line up, across and then show a cirlce representing a turn down of piping. Could autocad be programed or is there a way to avoid having to draw each indiviual piece in isometric view whereas this can be automated?
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2d is 2d, flat as a pancake, when you rotate pipes you're missing the vertical lines.
It's not difficult at all to start drawing a piping diagram using View and pick something as SW view and runaway with it.
This way you can rotate your model and look at errors.
Yes i understand that. I do have AutoCAD MEP, though i am unfamiliar with its advanced functions. What i'm trying to accomplish is 2d into isometric, not starting out in an isometric.
Thats not the standard work process, which is to design in 3D, then use that to extract 2D plan/elevation drawings. Your term of "piping isometrics" may be a little different than what I am thinking. For me they are 2D drawings that are approximately proportional to the original but can't realistically be taken straight from an isometric view of a model.
I know this isn't the answer but if you'd like to switch quickly to ISO mode, create a button macro that incorporates the command line entries. Just off the top of my head I think it starts with ^C^Csnap;style;Isometric;;;off;
To switch back is the same only standard instead of isometric...
ISOMETRIC DRAWING /= ISOMETRIC VIEW.
To do the former, you can best accomplish that goal by setting snapstyle to isometric, and starting to draft.
to do the latter, you must work in 3d, with accurate x,y,z information, and use the 3d view to look at it.
to get from a flat 2d pipe layout plan to an isometric drawing would take 3rd party software - if it exists.
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