I continually encounter a problem involving the placement of structural members in 3D. This may be a programming issue but when I place any member it offsets its position slightly from the point where it was actually placed. This happens each and every time which means that I must manually move every single member to where it needs to be.
Is anyone else experiencing this or is it just me? Either way it is unacceptable and needs a fix.
Chuck A. - Designer
Upper Consulting, Inc.
I am having this same problem. It also happens with stairs, ect. Does anyone have an answer of what could be going on?
I am using Plant 3D 2012.
on strucutes tab of ribbon, on Parts Panel, hit 'Settings'
this brings up the Member Settings Dialogue box.
Near Bottom Right hand corner there are 2 boxes (Horizontal and Vertical)
Are there numbers in the boxes?
Do the Numbers Match the offset you are seeing in the model when placing the member.?
I have contacted Autodesk directly in regard to this issue. They acknowledge the problem and are currently seeking a solution. What I have discovered is that the units accuracy you have set affects the amount of offset of the structural members. In other words, the database that the structural shapes are created from gets "rounded off" based on the units you are using. For instance: The offset from selected insertion point is different if you are using Architectural units set to 1/16" vs. set to 1/256" accuracy. The same applies to the number of decimal places set from ".00" to ".0000000". Regardless, even when your units are set to the highest accuracy possible it may be closer...but it is still is not right.
I have been informed that the P3D developers are on the case and we should expect a fix soon. Apparently I was the first to discover and report this problem so they are keeping me up to date. I will repost here if I hear anything new.
Chuck Altmix, Engineering Designer
Upper Consulting, Inc.
I wanted to see what kind of issues you running into with the stair shapes. Is an an problem with placement or the steel shapes themselves?
As mentioned before, the issue with the strucutal members has been logged with the development team and they are looking into it.
We have found that the physical shift occurs even when you change an existing line into a structural member. The developers are working to fix this issue.
Same problem, many years later...
(P3D 2014) Plant 3D's placement of structural members in 3D is incorrect. When placing any member, it offsets its position from the point I've selected. This offset scales accordingly to the units precision that I've selected for my drawing. This happens each time and I must manually move every single member that I've placed.
Can anyone offer any support or fix for this?
Sidock Group, Inc.
Novi, MI 48374
I am convinced that the strategy at Autodesk is that if they sweep it under the rug that eventually it will just go away and will be forgotten. I simply dont use the structural components in Plant 3D anymore because of it. I have a steel shapes program by CCAD for like $50 that gives me any structural shape you could ever want. Then I extrude the shapes and place them manually. This way I know it is right the first time, every time.
PS: I think its sad that you spend so much for the software but they cannot fix problems like these.