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Plant 3D DWG to AutoCAD

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11-20-2012 08:27 AM

Is it possible to draw an object in Plant3D, then open it in regular AutoCAD and still be able to manipulate it?

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Re: Plant 3D DWG to AutoCAD

11-20-2012 10:45 AM in reply to: godiving

I belive ( someone confirm please )


You can manipulate it, but it loses ALL intelligent data associated with it, and it is one way.  Basically you break the drawing to manipulate it in regular Autocad.


The blocks etc transfer, but it will no longer be classified as a pipe - no click dragging, attaching other pipe fittings etc.

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Re: Plant 3D DWG to AutoCAD

11-20-2012 11:38 AM in reply to: JohnHolder

A clearer definition of "manipulate" would help.


One of the core concepts of the AutoCAD vertical products (like Plant3D) is having intelligent/data-bearing objects which can be manipulated by that specific software while still capable of being viewed or inspected in basic AutoCAD or other DWG-using software (like Navisworks or TrueView) via object enablers.  They are rarely capable of being changed outside of the actual software for both programmatic and cost reasons.  So you may be able to inspect a limited amount of information off of the objects, but I doubt you would be able to make any changes, at least not without compromising the integrity of the data.

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Re: Plant 3D DWG to AutoCAD

11-20-2012 11:45 AM in reply to: dgorsman

How about stairs for example: could a person draw stairs in Plant 3D using the stair option, then take those stairs into regular AutoCAD and be able to slice oor strech them as needed?

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Re: Plant 3D DWG to AutoCAD

11-26-2012 08:21 PM in reply to: godiving

the structural elements in plant are NOT intended for detail design, its a piping program

They are there for doing proposals and for giving to a proper structural program for detail design and documentation, thats why you get ASD and Revit with the structural design in Revit/ASD, do the P&ID and Piping in plant3d, do the coordination and clash detection etc in Navis.


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