I am having a heck of a time trying to generate Ortho views in Plant 3D. I have architecture coming out of Revit, which I have exported to AutoCAD .dwg (I've tried both polymesh, which I just recently found documentation stating that Orthos do not support, as well as ACIS solids) The exports have been linked to the project and look fine in Plant 3D/AutoCAD. I am able to select them as models to include in the ortho and they show up in the ortho setup view where you define the view range for the ortho. However, when I create the ortho view, I only get the Plant 3D (piping) models in the output. Should what I'm trying to do work? If so, why doesn't it? If not, how are we to use graphics modeled outside of Plant-3D in our orthographic drawings in order to generate proper sheets for deliverables?
ANY insight into creating ortho views that include graphics generated outside of Plant 3D would be greatly appreciated. I cannot find any documentation on this topic. All the ortho documentation and videos I've been able to find (which isn't a whole lot) only deal with Plant-3D generated graphics...
Im working on somthing very similar. I have exported the Revit Building as a SAT file and imported it as a seperate dwg sorce file. I then x-ref the drawing into the piping drawing. The First time I made an ortho view it looked alright on screen but then when I prited it the revit model didnt show up ( or atleast it was very faint) I realized the sat file had a colour of light blue and was hardly printing. Have a look at the imported items and see what colour they are as this worked for me.
I have the Revit stuff referenced into the piping drawings as an overlay. We have seperate models for each piping service and they all reference each other for coordination purposes. So I can't attach the Revit export or I will get circular references. However, being that the Revit export is part of the project I should be able to bring it into the ortho view, which I can, but it doesn't show up once the ortho is generated. Everything in the export is color 8 so it will print grayscale with our pen table. It's not an issue of not printing, the graphics simply are not included in the generated ortho...
I created another drawing called All and x-ref all the drawings into this as attachements and use this to make the Ortho views. Now that I think of it, I think this was the reason for making this drawing.
I tried making each piping service a different model but found it to be a pain to have to export each one back as a seperate family to get them into revit. Do you have a better way of linking them back ?
We are currently linking them directly into Revit. They show up correctly and it works fine for coordination, floor plan views, etc. within Revit however, they do not section correctly. We will most likely end up doing what you are doing, bringing them into a family but we are still exploring our options there. If we have to import everything into a family we will want to get everything into a single file as you have...
With your setup, do the ortho views update when you overwrite your exports? I think I might try what you are doing...
scardinal, when you exported the AutoCAD model, did you check the options marked:
“Export as AutoCAD Architecture and AutoCAD MEP objects” are selected?
Once that is done, then you can use them in Plant3D
I have to export my revit file to a .sat file , import this into the building.dwg file in plant3d and then update my ortho views when I change something in Revit.
Its a bit of a pain but I had the building & equipment done in Revit when I found out about plant3d and got it to do the piping and iso for all the piping.