On a previous occasion I asked was it a good time to switch from CadWorx to Plant 3D. At the time it was a resounding no as I could not find anybody to give it a tick of approval on a large project.
With the latest release of Plant 3D, Autodesk appears to have fixed most issues, I would appreciate any feedback from the users.
We will be using Plant 3D in conjunction with Inventor, normal AutoCAD and Prosteel, therefore it will not be the dominant software on the project, is this a problem?
Has Plant 3D been successfully used on a large project? did you come across any major issues.
What is the main advantage over CadWorx Plant?
Any feedback would be appreciated.
The first difirance: Cadworx is Intergraph that works in AutoCAD (Autodesk product) and Plant3D is Autodesk and work in Autodesk... Plant3D usually will have better integration.
In case of Cadworx you need 2 licences for one seat and in case the Plant3D only one.
NAvisworks integration is better with Plant3D.
The integration with sql server is better with Plant3D.
I think that Plant3D win in all aspects.
I'm sure there is more going for P3D than that. What about some functionality comparisons, and final drawing production, ISOs, etc. How does it stack up there. I know the new CADWorx 2013 packs some punch...
Both Solutions do 3D Piping, Iso's, BOM's etc. Even modelling is going to be similar as lets face it, there are only so many ways in which you can route piping.
I do like the fact that CADWorx is still using Isogen, I am not sure why Autodesk decided to pursue their own isometric extractor. There is also the S3D and SPF intrgration with Integraph's bigger brother. To my knowledge, CADWorx is the only solution that can intelligently integrate with S3D.
ISOGEN is pretty much the only name in the game of isometric generation - that needs to change. At least there is *starting* to be some badly needed competition from ideas like online isometric generation in The Labs.
If you are going to fly by the seat of your pants, expect friction burns.
Adopt. Adapt. Overcome. Or be overcome.
Seriously? Have you seen the new isometric engine. The development lead for CADWorx was in a room where one of our guys showed the isometric engine, and even he was blown away.
Nobody loves isogen.
FYI, I setup a new client's title block with a BOM and cutlist in a minute using the Plant 3D iso package. Try that with isogen.
So, CADWorx has no concept of a project manager, so the db reports can't be correct unless you have someone monitoring what drawings are saved in the database.
The validation palette from AutoCAD Plant 3D is so much more powerful than anything CW has.
Reports in Plant 3D are more configurable and can be output to a consistent format.
Routing is pretty much the same between CW 2013 and Plant 3D.
I haven't seen the latest iteration of CW 2013's spec and catalog manager, but last I saw, P3D abilities to export/import data to Excel beat what they offered.
Plant 3D has an .net api...which lets you do almost anything.
I wasn't aware CADWorx and S3D actually talked now....I'd like to see that.
So when you get the P3D suite you also get Navisworks to view your project.
CW has a pretty expensive viewer (Smart Plant Review) that costs about as much as the entire Plant 3D suite.
There is a free viewer distributed with CADWorx (CADWorx Design Review), but I haven't ran across many people who like using it. It's kind of awkward.
Just a few thoughts...
I love Isogen. Maybe I just know how to work it. I do agree that alot of people are intimidated by it.
You really should get your hands on a copy of 2013, you will be pleasantly suprised.
I do not know much about P3D, but I do know that CADWorx 2013 is 100 miles from previous releases, with further enhancments on the summer horizon including .vue export to SP review.
Again, I cant speak for P3D at all, but I would advise having a good look at CADWorx 2013 before making any kind of switch, it is quite wonderful.
ISOGEN is a monster for sure, but CADWorx development is working on taming its intergration as we speak.
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