Also to be able to have NB for metric in the isometrics. Currently it looks like it mutiplies inches by 25.4 to convert it to mm. For instance a 4" pipe comes out as 102mm instead of 100. Unless there is a switch in isogen that im missing?
That's a high priority bug. We know about it and will get it fixed in a
Peter Quinn (Autodesk) wrote in message news:email@example.com...
Also to be able to have NB for metric in the isometrics. Currently it looks
like it mutiplies inches by 25.4 to convert it to mm. For instance a 4" pipe
comes out as 102mm instead of 100. Unless there is a switch in isogen that
I know this is about AutoCAD Plant 3D, Bu t will we see anytime soon something like a Revit Plant 3D, as I think it would be a better tool. I am a big fan of Revit MEP, and mostly using it as a 3D tool, much faster and easyer than AutoCAD MEP. Advantages: elevations and sections updtaed in realtime.
1. I'm used to parametric modeling in 3D but I am also used to using Autocad. If the ortho views, annotation, and dimensions could be associative with the source model, that would be a very powerful and time saving tool. The same goes for the ISOGEN drawings. 3D models are never exactly right the first time. Changes in piping sizes, valve types, tag numbers, etc. all should automatically update in the project drawings.
2. The catalogues need to be more comprehensive. I can't even get a large ball valve to show with a gear operator. Yet it is a very common part.
3. In the equipment builder, there needs to be more options for nozzle types. I can't figure out how to have a threaded connection on a typical pressure vessel, yet that is very very common.
4. Some compatibility with Cadworx would be nice. An engineering firm may need to work with both software packages to fullfil a clients needs. In the oil and gas industry, Cadworx is probably main competitor to this Plant 3D program.
I don't think there will ever be "dynamic" updates through ISOGEN, simply due to the way it works. The best we could hope for would be Plant3D making use of the repeatability file to maintain a few basic pieces of information.
And point 4 is excellent. These days choosing one piping design program over another automatically excludes compatibility with all others. There is a desperate need for a common data standard in the piping industry (and its *not* PCF/IDF). It would be nice for AutoDesk, as the AutoCAD "host" for several of these programs, to take a leadership role in this.
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It would be awesome to have the CAD graphic update when we are modifying equipment. True, we can hit the 'Apply' button to see it update the drawing, but a preview would be just that much faster. Plus, this would allow us to see equiptment which we have not inserted into the drawing, BEFORE we insert them for the first time.
Currently in the 'Modify Equipment' window when you click on a Dimension field to edit it, the graphic on the left changes to show a graphic which includes the dim you are changing. What about also highlighting (in the graphic) the actual DIM you are editing (say, highlight in yellow)?